Chile-Spiked Chocolate Pots

This is an updated version of classic French pots de crème. You won’t taste the chile, but it adds appealing depth to the flavor of the chocolate. Served with a big dollop of sweetened whipped cream, this dessert is a welcome indulgence.

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Cherry Clafouti

 

This is a particularly easy-to-make version of clafouti, which is basically a fruit pancake that is often served as a dessert in French bistros. Eaten warm it is comforting and delicious.

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Black Sticky Rice Pudding

Years ago, when my husband, daughter and I traveled in Thailand, we became addicted to mangos and sticky rice, a truly delicious sweet. After our return, we tried but could never duplicate the superb taste and texture of the authentic version. Although this black sticky rice pudding is a different dish, it reminds me of that delightful concoction. In fact, it’s so good you don’t even need the fruit. Although it’s high in saturated fat, it comes from the coconut milk, which may have healthful benefits.

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Goji Spiked Quince

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Quinces are a fabulous winter fruit that are made for the slow cooker because they demand cooking. Raw, the quince is a tough, fibrous ball. Softened by slow cooking, it turns a beautiful shade of pink and melts in your mouth, releasing a panoply of complex flavors. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Basmati Rice Pudding

 

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The cardamom in this pudding provides an irresistible Indian flavor. I like to serveit at room temperature, but it also works warm or cold and I love having leftovers in the refrigerator for an afternoon snack. This makes a generous serving, so ifyou have enjoyed a substantial meal, you will likely want to reduce the quantity.

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Caramelized Apple Upside Down Spice Cake

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This old-fashioned favorite has terrific caramelized apple flavor, not only from the apples but also from the apple butter in the cake batter. It’s great for a potluck or a party because people can help themselves from a warm slow cooker. A big scoop of vanilla ice cream is the perfect finish.

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