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Savory Desserts

ipsedixit May 24, 2007 11:26 AM

Can I get some of your favorite ideas/recipes for savory desserts?

I did a quick search, but would like your most current suggestions.

Thanks much.

  1. MMRuth May 30, 2007 03:22 AM

    There is a recipe in today's NYT's Dining section for saffron almond meringues - available online.

    1. julseydesign May 24, 2007 01:46 PM

      I recently baked some plums with sugar, nutmeg, tarragon, and black pepper. It was delicious, and the syrup it produced was great over ice cream. Tarragon is really a nice addition to fruits because its a bit lemony and bright. I'm planning on trying it in upside-down cake form later today. I'll post an update with how it turned out.

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      1. re: julseydesign
        julseydesign May 25, 2007 05:40 AM

        Ok - i baked the cake last night. I got a little distracted and left it in too long, but other than that it was good. I made a lemon cake with a little tarragon in it. I might recommend using a fresh herb here, i had forgotten to buy some, and i used the dried stuff i keep around, so the herb flavor wasn't quite as apparent as I would have hoped. Other than that it was great.

        I sliced some plums for the bottom of the pan, poured a bit of melted butter, molasses, and sugar over them, and seasoned with more tarragon and a few good grinds of black pepper.

        This cake was good, but the plums (or plums and peaches) baked on their own were better because the syrup produced was so good.

        I hope that you try and start experimenting with fresh "savory" herbs mixed in your desserts. I love it, and I hope you do too!

        1. re: julseydesign
          ipsedixit May 25, 2007 10:12 PM

          Thanks very much for the great idea.

      2. QueenB May 24, 2007 01:07 PM

        I swear I've seen a recipe for a tomato cheesecake somewhere. I just don't know where off the top of my head.

        I also wonder how a cracked pepper creme brulee would be. Or a creme caramel, sprinkled with flakes of sea salt. Green pea and honey ice cream?

        1. k
          katecm May 24, 2007 12:47 PM

          Here's a favorite of mine. I've posted it here before and people have enjoyed it.

          Wash and thoroughly dry about 2 pounds (3 cups) red seedless grapes. Chill them. When chilled, put them in a bowl that is large enough to stir them easily. Gradually drizzle them with 4 ounces of melted semi-sweet or bittersweet (you may even want dark) chocolate, stirring constantly. Once stirred thoroughly, add about 2T cocoa powder and stir to distribute. Add more if necessary. When done, spread them out on a pan that is lined with parchment or aluminum foil. They'll harden quickly.

          They're very easy and very sophisticated. Lovely to serve with port or coffee.

          1. mollyomormon May 24, 2007 12:33 PM

            That recipe in the LA Times yesterday from Blue Velvet for the blue cheese beignets with honey gastrique might qualify.

            1. MMRuth May 24, 2007 11:27 AM

              What do you mean by "savory desserts" - to me desserts are by definition, not savory. Thanks.

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              1. re: MMRuth
                ipsedixit May 24, 2007 11:52 AM

                Savory desserts ... you know, sort of like salted caramel.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  MMRuth May 24, 2007 11:55 AM

                  This thread might help:


                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    MMRuth May 24, 2007 12:31 PM

                    And maybe this one ....


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