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Jul 28, 2011 07:38 AM

Favorite Austin Desserts?

Just exited a 15 year dessert-free marriage to a calorie-obsessed husband, and I like to start making amends to myself by checking out some of Austin's best dessert offerings. I'm looking for some recommendations:

What is your favorite price-is-no-limit, no-calories-barred, can't-wait-to-finish-the-main-course dessert in town?

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  1. I have not tasted a dessert in a restaurant that jumps to my mind but to help you in your new dessert path you can start on your own with a couple of things I enjoy:

    1.- Go to CM and buy a Valhorna 60-70% chocolate bar, and also a Capogiro or Hagen Dazs Vanilla gelato/ice cream. Chop the chocolate and add it to the same amount of hot heavy cream and let it melt for a minute, then stir to make a ganache. Use this on top of some of the capogiro gelato or HD ice cream.

    2.- Buy some croissants from la Boite or Baguette et Chocolate and some Nutella, put them together, eat and enjoy. While at BeC check the case for some wonderful chocolate mousse and maybe buy some other pastries to take home.

    3.- If you enjoy espresso, Buy a small pint of gelato/ice cream at CM North Lamar and then go straigth to Houndstooth and ask for a double espresso, and ask for a latte cup (not warm). Put some ice cream in the latte cup and when the espresso shots are ready pour them over the ice cream/gelato to make a wonderful affogato.

    Enjoy! and well do not try to do over doing it by having all of them the same day :)

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    1. re: fduran

      To add to fduran's recommendations (which, by the way, I'm jotting down myself), don't miss the macarons at La Boite, either. They are AMAZING.

      La Boite
      1700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

      1. re: Optimista

        had macarons at payard in vegas that were out of this world good. Haven't found any in austin that have compared... definitely gonna give this place a shot, thanks for the tip

    2. My far and above favorite was the coconut buttermilk pie with a bruleed top and berry coulis at the Good Knight. RIP. Sigh.

      1. -the homemade doughnuts at Parkside. I find them irresistable.
        -anything from Sweetish Hill. Between birthdays and work functions, I've had many different flavors of their cakes. And I get pastries there for breakfast more often than I care to admit. I don't have a favorite.
        -apple strudel at European Bistro. Availability varies.

        1. a few people mentioned the following as the best pastry chefs in austin:


          laura sawicki, la condesa
          philip speer, uchiko
          diana sanchez, jack allen's kitchen

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            1. re: verily

              yes-- the desserts at uchi and uchiko are very unusual and nuanced.
              they're not the usual sugar and butter one two punch (not that i mind it, when in the mood).

              if you are into chocolate truffles, there was a post on them here:

              barley swine is also doing some interesting desserts.
              here's an excerpt from today's menu:
              Smoked pecan fudge, marshmallow, cocoa nibs, salted caramel ice cream 7
              Vanilla porter, malted barley ice cream 4

              1. re: dinaofdoom

                That beer float at Barley Swine is fan-freaking-tastic.

                Barley Swine
                2024 S. Lamar, Austin, TX

            2. re: dinaofdoom

              I'd for sure add Plinio Sandalio at Congress/Second to that list.

            3. i love it! you go!

              get some Miles of Chocolate from Central Market, that stuff is sooooo freaking good! (if you REALLY want to make up for lost time, maybe combine it with the gelato/ganache idea).

              Speaking of gelato, Teo's salty caramel ice cream is great.

              wow, this is going to do wonders for your mental health! =)

              Central Market
              4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

              1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705

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                1. re: NirvRush

                  Second on the salty caramel from Teo's. Yum!

                  1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705