Ca phe sua da is an iced coffee drink in Vietnam made with strong espresso and sweetened condensed milk and it is addictive! In that spirit, here is a French classic with a Vietnamese twist – Vietnamese coffee eclairs. They are almost as addictive as the drink!
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We are in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year! Parades, light shows, and lots of great food are in store for these three days! Street food here is AMAZING and one of the most traditional street foods happens to be a dessert – egg custard tarts. Try these delectable treats when they are still warm from the oven!
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It’s February and that means all things heart shaped, chocolate, and in varying shades of pink and red! Let’s kick off our Valentine’s Day desserts with these wonderful dacquoise hearts. They are light, delicious, and, most importantly, can be made in advance and then assembled just before serving.
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Rice pudding is one of the all time comfort foods and this coconut rice pudding is sure to become a new favorite! Laced with cinnamon and star anise, serve this pudding warm or chilled for a comforting taste of the tropics!
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Banana fritters are street food in Vietnam, particularly in Saigon. Locals set up small stands and make these delicious street treats to order. Here I’ve taken the liberty of adding a sauce for dipping these delicious bites. It’s not traditional but it’s oh so good!
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Vietnamese food brings to mind fresh simple flavors, delicious spices, and many varieties of vegetables. However, there is also a strong French influence here so a French classic with a southeast Asian twist is a lovely, light dessert! Lemongrass mousse is a perfect finishing touch!
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Fruit tarts grace the windows of pastry shops around the world, only the fruits change. These tropical fruit tarts build on recipes we’ve already mastered to create a light, flavorful dessert with a wonderful tropical flair. The components can be made well in advance and then assembled when it’s time to eat!
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By the time you read this post about lemon custard cakes I will be on my way to Vietnam for 3 months so bakeitfab will take a decidedly tropical turn for the next several weeks! Fruits and flavors of the region such as passion fruit, lemongrass, and cinnamon will be front and center and lighter, fresher desserts suited to a tropical climate will be featured. (Fits in pretty well with eating a bit healthier for the new year too!)
This recipe for lemon custard cakes is a great way to start. Light and tangy, lemon custard cakes are a great dessert when you want something sweet but not too heavy. These lovely, souffle like creations are great straight out of the oven or at room temperature.
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The are many variations of bomboloni, the little cream filled doughnuts of Italy. These are an adaptation of the recipe I used when I worked at Carravaggio in New York City and are not filled. Instead, they are made with ricotta which provides and moist creamy center to these wonderful treats.
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These fruit tea cakes are a delicious way to take advantage of all the wonderful fruit, particularly stone fruit, that is in markets everywhere at this time of year. Get some deliciously ripe peaches or cherries and these light, tender cakes are sure to please!
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