When we heard that today was National Popcorn Day, we here at Cooking Channel immediately began plotting the number of ways to celebrate this food holiday: super spicy? classically cheesy? dressed in herbs? Since January (and our get-fit resolve) is waning, we settled on sweet, in the form of crunchy, sugar-coated caramely, caramely caramel corn.
But no ordinary caramel corn recipe would do — this day comes just once a year, after all — so we turned to the master of sweets himself, Double Ovens chef and Unique Sweets star Zac Young, to get his inventive take on the classic. Not one to disappoint, Zac shared a recipe that hits the sweet-tooth spot — with plenty of salty, smoky and savory flavor to boot. We guarantee this palate-pleasing treat will have you popping a second batch in no time.
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Let’s be honest ‑ we all have a sweet tooth. Or, in my case, sweet teeth! As a result, I’ve spent many years in the kitchen concocting healthier versions of classic dessert recipes that not only satisfy those primal urges for something sweet but also provide a plethora of healthy nutrients that make you feel (and look) like a rock star.
One of my favorite all-time desserts is chocolate pudding. Something about Bill Cosby on TV in the ’80s rockin’ those pudding commercials will have me forever waxing nostalgic. So, I decided to concoct my own delicious, decadent version: Chocolate Avocado Pudding! You’re probably thinking, “Avocado in my chocolate pudding – seriously?” Well, let me tell you: Not only does it create the creamiest, dreamiest pudding ever; it also contains a variety of amazing benefits.
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The color of this cake alone is enough to bring me great joy on a dreary day. The ruby top is a mixture of tart cranberries and sweet raspberries. Raspberries both sweeten the cake and also create a luscious texture. I personally love the tartness of cranberries alone, but they have so much natural pectin that the consistency was more like tight jam then I wanted. The cake underneath is rich with butter and almond flour. Serve with ice cream for dessert, and then enjoy it for breakfast the next morning with coffee.
Cranberry-Raspberry Upside Down Cake Recipe
Makes: 8-inch cake
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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I adore pumpkin. Its bright orange shell is such a relief, during a season when the grey of winter is settling in. But my love of pumpkin goes beyond its brilliant color. Its luscious texture and earthy sweetness make it perfect for baking all kinds of desserts: pumpkin creme brulee, classic pie, breads and cheesecake. When pumpkin is pureed smooth, it has a custard-like texture, so it lends itself beautifully to this silky cheesecake. For a nice contrast to cheesecake, add candied almond crunch and a dollop of Amaretto whipped cream.
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Top Chefs’ Zac Young and Yigit Pura pay tribute to the 49th state with two kicked-up takes on Baked Alaska.
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Aida’s Pecan Pumpkin Crunch is a crustless alternative to pumpkin pie.
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Is it a muffin? Is it a brownie? Who cares! It’s delicious, chocolate-y and only 180 calories:
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A galette is a French tart, or simply a pie without a plate. It is easy to make and there is no fancy fluting or lattice top crust to worry about. Right now apples are abundant, with many varieties to choose from. You can mix and match to suit your mood. Some will turn to sauce (McIntosh), some will keep their shape (Prairie Spy), others will be sweet (HoneyCrisp) and some will be tart (Haralson). The crust should be tender and flaky and just barely strong enough to hold up to the apples. It adds to the drama if some of the juices escape, which is why we bake on a sided baking sheet.
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Why should you tune in to the new season of Unique Sweets tonight at 10:30pm ET on Cooking Channel? Because there are restaurants, bakeries, boutiques and candy stores in this country making desserts that will blow your mind (case in point below).
Geographical and insulin limitations prevent us from trying all the shockingly tantalizing treats featured on the show, but just looking at them is enough to get us salivating. Here are five desserts, with recipes, to get you to sugar rush over to your DVR and program in Unique Sweets, every Sunday at 10:30pm ET.
Peanut Butter Fudge Pie from San Francisco’s Z Cioccolato
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Fudge Pie
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