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Christmas Desserts

  • Moveable Feast

    Upside-Down Quince and Honey Spice Cake

    Poached quinces turn a beautiful rosy color, which make a stunning top to the cake when arranged in concentric circles.

  • Recipe

    Caramel Velvet Apple Pie

    Combining caramel and apple in a dessert is reminiscent of a childhood favorite, but there’s nothing childlike about this pie. The filling’s caramel flavor is sophisticated and elegant, and the…

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    Pear and Dried Cranberry Clafoutis

    The French baked custard-and-fruit dessert known as clafoutis has a rustic appeal that’s perfect for casual dinner parties.

  • Recipe

    Poached Pear & Pistachio Tart

    This recipe adds an exotic note to the classic poached pear tart, with pistachios in the crust and topping and cardamom in the filling. For best results, chill the filled…

  • Recipe

    Chocolate & Caramelized Banana Tart

    Yes, you can even make fresh fruit tarts in deepest winter. A cocoa crust, chocolate-cream filling and shards of dark chocolate play off the bananas’ creamy sweetness. For best results,…

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    Apple-Pear-Cherry Pie

    This pie is best when made ahead and baked straight from the freezer. Leftovers—should there be any—are great for breakfast.

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    Pomegranate-Chocolate Shortcakes

    These rich, fudgy shortcakes, topped with whipped cream and punctuated by tart, jewel-like pomegranate seeds, are as fun to eat as they look.

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    Spiced Cranberry-Almond Shortcakes

    Lightly cooked with warm, aromatic spices, the cranberries soften and get juicy and jammy. Their bright, tart flavor contrasts with the sweet, toasty almond shortcakes.

  • How-To

    How to Make Biscotti

    Learn the secrets to this classic Italian cookie. (Hint: Bake them twice.)

  • Recipe

    Sweet Cheese Strudel

    The rich, not-too-sweet filling for this strudel is made with farmer cheese, a fresh, moist cheese with very small curds that’s the basis for many central European desserts. You can…