Questions tagged [dessert]

Questions should deal with preparation of a dessert - typically sweet but anything that would be served at a dessert course should qualify.

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How can I make a chocolate cup that looks like the seaweed on a sushi roll?

I want to make a dessert that simulates a salmon roe sushi (like this) using rice pudding and spherified melon juice with a chocolate "seaweed" wrapping. But I can't figure out how to make the seaweed ...
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What is the difference between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet?

What is the difference between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet? They look different, but are they made differently?
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What is the difference between butterscotch, caramel, and toffee?

I've always thought they were the same. Tonight I noticed a slight taste difference as compared to caramel when I had some "butterscotch" for the first time in a while. Now my assumptions have been ...
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Does authentic Italian tiramisu contain large amounts of espresso?

I see a lot of tiramisu recipes that soak savoiardi in pure undiluted espresso coffee. Usually the recipe asks for a cup or more of espresso. As a person who regularly makes and drinks espresso, this ...
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How do you make Welch's fruit snacks?

The ideal goal is to replicate something similar to Welch's Fruit Snacks. We want something that is firm, flavorful, and not sticky. Has anyone come up with a delicious fruit snack recipe? Here is ...
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Is there a way to make delicious donuts with a small amount of oil?

I like donuts but I don't make them at home because for a bowl of donuts I consume a lot of oil. The oil gets a sweet taste to it afterwards and can't reuse it for cooking something else than cakes. ...
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Is there a non-penetrative method for checking cake doneness?

Is there some way to check a cake is done without using a toothpick or other penetrative device? I like the thermometer idea, but no one seems to know how the heck to use them.
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Why do chefs use Gold and Silver Leaf?

I don't cook myself, but I watch a fair few cooking shows. Recently the theme of gold and silver leaf has been quite recurring. My first thought was "Well it can't be actual gold. Who would eat gold?" ...
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How do I melt the chocolate in a s'more?

It is an age old question. How can I ensure that the chocolate in a s'more is properly melted. Even when assembling them quickly the marshmallow just doesn't have enough heat to melt the chunk of ...
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Why do so many dessert/biscuit recipes have salt in them?

Whilst I can understand salt in the majority of recipes, I never really understood why it is in so many desserts or biscuits. When I have asked a few friends or family who do a lot of cookery, the ...
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Can ghee be used instead of butter in dessert recipes?

Butter is an inevitable ingredient in most of dessert recipes. By definition, ghee is just clarified butter, but to me, the taste is completely different. The taste of butter is more close to heavy ...
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How long can a virus (e.g. SARS-COV2) survive in food?

I was wondering how long a coronavirus (or viruses in general, because there's probably not that info available on coronavirus in food yet) inside food? When Googling this question I find a lot of ...
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How do you make the shell for this dinosaur egg dessert?

I found this very interesting dessert online: How can I make this? In particular, how would you make the eggshell?
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What's the difference between a cobbler, crisp, crumble, buckle, and betty?

I've heard all these terms at different times but never really understood the differences. What distinguishes various fruit-and-topping desserts such as a cobbler, crisp, crumble, buckle, or betty -- ...
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Keeping the bubbles in sparkling gelatin desserts

I've had a few attempts to make gelatin desserts (jelly if your English) using sparkling wine. While I get the flavour of the wine coming through I struggle to keep the bubbles. Is there a technique ...
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How to avoid the rhubarb teeth effect?

I have a lovely rhubarb plant in the backyard. It grows like a weed, as rhubarb is wont to do. On occasion, I like to slice off some stalks and bake myself up a nice rhubarb crisp, or a rhubarb ...
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Identifying a type of Pizza Topping

I was looking at the tiny nation of Brunei on Google Maps, and I noticed they have a Pizza-Hut there, not too many details but a few photos were attached and there was a Pizza that I didn't recognise, ...
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What are "Honey Bubbles" and how are they made?

I recently had the thrilling privilige of eating a Kaiseki meal at Kichisen in Kyoto. One of the meal's many highlights was a desert course consisting of a large citrus fruit filled with jelly and ...
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Chocolate Shot Glasses

I know, right? Sounds awesome. Here's what's up: For Christmas I got one of those do-it-yourself molds for making ice shot glasses. My idea is pretty simple: Melt chocolate and pour it into the molds ...
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Oatmeal used in apple crisp topping

The recipe I am looking at for Apple Crisp by Ina Garten calls for 1 cup of oatmeal. It doesn't say prepared oatmeal, or rolled oats, just "Oatmeal". Is the recipe asking for 1 cup of prepared ...
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Which cuisines (besides Hungarian) have a tradition of serving savory desserts?

About 20 years ago my wife and I were poor, and we went on a very cheap coach trip to Hungary for a holiday. The hotel meals always finished with a rather uninteresting savoury dessert. I researched ...
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Can I make panna cotta using a flavored, non-gelatin "Jell Dessert"?

I'd like to make panna cotta, but all of the recipes I've seen call for unflavored gelatin, and the closest thing I have on hand is a product (Gefen brand Strawberry Jell Dessert) that is neither ...
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How to Prevent Apples from turning Brown

I love to use Apples in my Desserts. They look really delicious when I just make them, but by the time they are consumed as dessert, the apples have all turned brown. and suddenly the dessert doesn't ...
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How can I create a sweet pizza that looks like pizza?

Looking for a bit of inspiration for an idea I have. I want to serve 3 courses of pizza: starter, main and dessert. It's a gimmick, I know, but a fun one I think. Got the starter and main nailed, but ...
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How to fake salmon roe using jello

A couple of days ago I made a first attempt at dessert sushi. Everything went reasonably well except for the salmon roe which I'd planned to make from orange jello. I made my own mould from plasticine ...
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Iranian Sweet Dish consisting of Lamb Paste

I am trying to identify a dish I had a while ago while traveling in Iran. It was in Isfahan, and none of the languages I speak seemed particularly common with the locals, so I only got patchy details ...
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What does an overnight chill do to cookie dough, that a 4 hour chill doesn't?

I have a high-fat cookie dough (see What ingredient changes will make this cookie dough more workable?) which wants to be chilled in the refrigerator overnight before shaping. I tried to cheat by ...
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How to make caramel sauce for sundaes?

I've been experimenting with making a caramel hot fudge sauce (something like on a McDonalds caramel sundae but better) and want some ideas. My latest was: Microwave brown sugar and butter, stirring ...
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How do I prevent cream puff shells from deflating?

Every time I try to bake cream puffs the shells deflate before I can fill them with the cream. I have tried poking a hole in the shell with a toothpick in the last few minutes of baking. I have ...
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What is the difference between crème anglaise and crème pâtissière?

I am amateur and novice baker. I cannot differentiate the two recipes. Are they only different in proportion? I know that the two are egg-based, mixed with sugar and starch and tempered with milk (or ...
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How can I make my Chocolate Mousse fluffier?

I regularly make Chocolate Mousse with an egg yolk, sugar and dark chocolate base folded into whipped egg white or whipped cream (or both). It's tastes pretty good and has a nice mouth-feel. Now I ...
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Tips for making caramel with palm sugar

The other day I was making flan and decided to try palm sugar instead of white sugar to make the caramel. Although palm sugar is better than white in a lot of ways, the melting point of the sugar ...
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Is it possible to have chocolate chunks in ice cream that aren't waxy?

My wife loves mint / chocolate chip ice cream. It hasn't been my favorite because of how waxy the cocoa butter in the chocolate becomes when it is cold. Is there a type of chocolate that won't become ...
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Why aren't my macarons as soft as professional ones?

I recently bought some macarons made by professional bakeries. When I got home, I threw them into the freezer and, days later, I checked on them. When I took a bite, it was still nice and soft. The ...
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Can I make lemon curd more sour/tart after it's cooked?

I prepared a batch of lemon curd using an unfamiliar recipe and it just doesn't have what I'm looking for in terms of tartness and lemon flavor. I'd hate to waste it, so I'm thinking of zesting and ...
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Chocolate mousse without eggs

I've a friend who is allergic to egg protein, and my wife inadvertently raved about my chocolate mousse to her, causing some food borne awkwardness that I'd like to erase with an eggless mousse. I'...
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Carrot Pie: custard or stew?

So I have a plan to experiment with making a carrot pie. I can think of two approaches to this. One would be to create a custard. Carrots aren't very starchy, so that may be a bit of a problem, but ...
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What is the correct flour, sugar, butter ratio for crumble?

Looking through a number of fruit crumble recipes I see that there is a wide range of ratios used for crumble topping. Some use equal amounts of flour (or other dry ingredient), sugar and butter. ...
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Tiramisu tips tricks and variants [closed]

Tiramisu is a well-known dessert based on mascarpone and coffee, and I love it :) What are tips to have a compact mousse instead of a soft/liquid cream? Do you have any special derivative from ...
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What is the maximum temperature at which cream will still whip successfully?

I recently tried to whip warm cream and was surprised to find out that it would not hold air. After some limited research, I have discovered that in order for the fat in cream to form the matrix and ...
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How could I keep one-ingredient "ice cream" soft?

According to this question, guar gum and xanthan gum can be used to keep ice cream soft by preventing ice crystals and keeping the air that's been mixed in from leaving the ice cream. We have tried ...
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How to Make the perfect French Custard?

I've tried numerous recipes, watched different videos, and adopted different techniques, but to this day I can't make good plain custard. Some of the issues with previous custards: Egg taste ( I ...
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What is the ideal coffee temperature for tiramisu?

When making tiramisu, I usually make a fresh batch of strong coffee. I just don't know how long to wait to use the coffee (for dipping the cookies). In my opinion, room temperature coffee tastes ...
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How to make stronger colors in three part pannacotta?

This weekend I tried to make a three part pannacotta. It was one layer of rasberry pannacotta, one layer of vanilla and one layer of mango/lime. The taste was a positive surprise but I was not very ...
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Why boil milk in desserts?

In desserts like panna cotta or crème brûlée, why do you always boil the milk/cream? What does boiling do to the milk?
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What kinds of frostings have a lighter texture?

It seems like the frosting is either an inch of sweetened shortening or just simple whipped cream. The recipes for frosting that I have tried have always been sickeningly fatty and sweet. I do find ...
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Where to get or how to make hollow sugar balls?

I'm trying to create a set of liqueur and cream filled chocolates by hand. My current idea is, having created the chocolate for the outsides, to build up layers of it on a "sugar scaffold". I can then ...
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How to do creme brulee 'to go'?

I used to sell desserts and baked goods - I'm thinking about 'reopening'. I would like to offer creme brulee as an option since its one of the more popular desserts when I make it for friends and ...
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How to achieve a flexible consistency on ice cream? (photos attached)

I'm an amateur ice cream maker. I've tried to emulate this ice cream without success: it is thick and flexible; the texture reminds me of melted marshmallows yet it´s not overly sweet. It's so ...
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Culinary uses for honeycomb?

On a whim, I bought real honeycomb (not the cookie type dessert) from a local shop. I tried eating it plain, but the wax makes it unpleasant and chewy. What can I do with it?

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