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Dessert party

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Red-Fruit Summer Pudding

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and quartered, plus more for garnish
  • 12 ounces sweet cherries, pitted and halved, plus more for garnish
  • 10 ounces red plums (about 2), pitted and cut into 1/2-inch wedges, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 12 ounces raspberries, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 loaves Pullman bread or brioche (about 1 1/2 pounds total), crusts removed, bread cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • Red currants on the stems, for garnish
  • Strawberries on the vine, for garnish
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Rosemary-Walnut Shortbread Cookies

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Espresso Cream Pie

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur, preferably Kahlua
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • Chocolate-Wafer Crust
  • 1/3 cup dark-chocolate-covered espresso beans
  • 1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
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Halloween Blondies

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus more, room temperature, for pan
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup each orange, yellow, and brown candy-coated chocolates (from a 12.6-ounce bag)
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Gingerbread Snowflakes

Ingredients
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • Royal Icing
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling
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Grapefruit Tart with Tarragon Cream

Ingredients
  • 2 large pink or ruby-red grapefruit, peel and pith removed
  • 2 large white grapefruit, peel and pith removed
  • 1 whole whole vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 standard package frozen puff pastry (17 1/4 ounces), thawed
  • Superfine sugar, for sprinkling
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Black-Pepper Cheesecake

Ingredients
  • Unsalted butter, for pan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 3/4 pound Philadelphia brand cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3/4 cup creme fraiche, sour cream, or whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Fresh pineapple, for serving (optional)
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Frozen Key Lime Pie

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, (about 15 crackers)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice
  • 2 cans (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated Key lime zest
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Nora Ephron's Whipped Cream, or Meringue, for serving
  • Meringue Topping, optional, for serving
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Brown Sugar Angel Food Cake with Candied Citrus Slices

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"Pumpkin Pie" Cheesecake

Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 small butternut squash (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Unsalted butter, for parchment and pan
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs
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