The taste of lemon is a little like the shift in the air when the season starts to turn from chilly to warm -- refreshing and deliciously unpredictable. In this dish, paper-thin pancakes are topped with slices of candied lemon and drizzled with a caramel sauce that includes limoncello, a vibrant lemon liqueur.
While a footed cake stand covered with dark, gleaming apples looks positively enchanting, the only magic at work here is the addition of semi-sweet chocolate to the traditional caramel dipping sauce. Petite lady apples are a charmed alternative to full-size fruit; slender twig handles evoke a forest. You will need 5-inch-long nontoxic twigs or wooden dowels for dipping the apples.
Mango and lime bring a vibrant tropical vibe to these layers of luscious caramel, billowing mint-infused cream, and gently spiced phyllo. Although the dessert lacks neither allure nor indulgence, its lightness is a welcome respite from the more excessive offerings of the holiday season.
From chocolate shops to restaurants, artisanal flavored caramel is all the rage. Enjoy its panache at home with this delectable sauce. Enhanced with lavender and fleur de sel, it's delicious over cakes, ice cream, and other desserts. Before giving it as a gift, dress up the jar with lavender sprigs to hint at the unexpected floral essence within.