‘Tis the season for apple picking — and overpicking bushels of apples that you don’t know what to do with. When you’re up to your eyes in fruit and can’t possibly eat another classic pie, turn to other harvest desserts and savory dishes to use up your fall bounty.
Get five of our favorite recipes below, including a few that can be doubled and stored for apple goodness year-’round.
You probably have the nine ingredients for this quick caramel sauce in your kitchen already. After the initial dip, roll them in nuts, sprinkles, candy or even shredded coconut. They freeze well, so you can eat them whenever you get a craving.
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When Unique Sweets traveled to Hawaii for the Season 6 premiere, the goal was to get the opposite of a beach body. Our favorite contributors loaded up on sugar with innovative sweet dishes like ube (aka purple sweet potato) gelato at Via Gelato, yuzu semifreddo at The Pig and the Lady and new spins on brunch at Koko Head Cafe. If you missed their tropical adventures, watch the full episode online now:
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Think about the last dessert you made at home. It was probably chocolate chip cookies or a pan of brownies, right? As much as we love the classics, it’s time to step outside the box — and we don’t mean just boxed mixes, but toss those, too — and throw some new ingredients into the bowl.
Instead of making plain ol’ crispy rice treats, mix in some Oreos, pretzels and potato chips for an “everything but the kitchen sink” version, or add some spice to your next batch of fudge with cayenne pepper. Check out those ideas and more of our best dessert recipes below, and get ready to blow your friends’ minds with inventive sweets.
Compost Crispy Rice Treats
Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City has a Compost Cookie featuring mix-ins like potato chips, pretzels and Oreos, and Zoe Francois gave the same treatment to crispy rice treats. Heart shapes are optional, but why not have some extra fun with your food?
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In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.
Who says turkey can’t be served for dessert? If you truly believe that, you’re not thinking big enough this Thanksgiving. To appropriately wow your dinner guests, pull out all the stops and make this “roasted” turkey cake, complete with sweet stuffing and a sugary surprise lurking deep inside. Sure this project requires three boxes of cake mix, but all that baking will be worth it when you slice into the frosted bird to reveal a colorful candy corn center. Don’t worry, the center cut of cake doesn’t go to waste either, as it’s repurposed into toasted, cocoa-dusted cubes of stuffing that spill out of the turkey like the real thing. If all this attention to detail still doesn’t satisfy your inner perfectionist, break out the fondant and roll some faux vegetables for artfully placing around your winged work of art. Finally, sit back, relax and let the compliments roll in, because you just won the Thanksgiving dessert round.
Get the details for recreating this enticing turkey cake yourself, and then get baking with more of Cooking Channel’s most impressive Thanksgiving cake recipes:
This gallery of the most-amazing ice cream creations ever concocted is filled with cool, sweet stuff.
O say can you see by the dawn’s early light how incredible these desserts look? If only we could declare independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain every week so there would always be a great excuse to make them.
Red, White and Blue Velvet Cake (pictured above)
It’s hard to decide which is more striking — the multicolored layers inside the cake or the festive frosting on the outside. Either way, your guests are sure to be impressed.
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Crème fraîche is the sophisticated French cousin of sour cream. Its texture is smoother and the flavor subtler, not quite so sour, but still a bit sharp. It is simple to make and requires only two ingredients, so it is no wonder it is a staple in most French kitchens and a must have for pastry chefs. Fresh, heavy cream is blended with just a splash of buttermilk and then left to sit; it does all the work on its own, and the result is luscious. I like to finish sweet desserts with the cultured cream — a thin layer on my butterscotch pot de crème, a dollop on top of a berry pie or stirred into chocolate ganache. It can be used in place of sour cream or most places you might use heavy cream.
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Our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Fresh this week: apples.
Here are seven ways to cook apples into a delicious dessert:
1. Apple Crumble Bars (pictured above)
Turn a traditional apple crumble into a hand-held bar treat. Spread an apple butter and dried apple filling into an oat and flour base before scattering with streusel topping.
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Imagine a show that’s devoted entirely to the sweeter side of food. Cinnamon rolls, birthday cake, pie in a jar… whatever you crave. Enter Unique Sweets, a show that’s on mission to find the most creative ways to get your sugar fix across the country.
Unique Sweets, the desserts-only spin-off of Cooking Channel’s popular show Unique Eats, premieres Sunday, April 24, at 10:30 p.m. ET. To tempt your sweet tooth while you wait for the premiere, here’s a preview of one of the treats featured in the premiere episode: Crack Pie.
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