Recipes and essays exploring Southern identity through food and travel

Recipes and essays exploring Southern identity through food and travel

Category: Cake

Chocolate Tiramisu

Chocolate Tiramisu

Homemade ladyfingers come in for the win in this fantastic custard dessert. Tiramisu, Italy’s literal “pick me up” dessert, is a boozy, coffee-filled dessert layered with ladyfingers and custard.

Chai-Spiced Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Chai-Spiced Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

If you happen to be stuck inside for the weekend, baking a cheesecake wouldn’t be the worst use of your time. This cheesecake is certainly a labor of love. Allow time for the caramel to set. If you’re really prepared, even make the caramel sauce and the chai-spiced butter the day before. It’s always nice to spread out your baking time, and besides, then your kitchen will smell like warm cinnamon and cloves two days in a row. With a cheesecake at the end of that road, I would call that a win-win.

Kladdkaka, Swedish Chocolate Cake

Kladdkaka, Swedish Chocolate Cake

The first time I made Swedish Chocolate Cake, or Kladdkaka, was three years ago and I used this fantastic recipe from A Cozy Kitchen. I intended to take it to a family get together, but didn’t realize just how incredibly moist and fudgy this cake stays in the center.

Clafoutis

Clafoutis

This recipe is surprisingly simple, the execution even more so. You really can have this entire recipe finished in forty minutes.¬†With such a seemingly straightforward recipe, you would think that the recipes for clafoutis are pretty similar. I was pretty surprised to find that this wasn’t in the least bit true. I reviewed Julia Child’s recipe, The Kitchn’s, Smitten Kitchen’s, and David Lebovitz’ among others. There was a wide variety of suggestions for how much butter to use, how much sugar and what kind to include, and what to do with the cherries.