Filipino Recipes - Suman Moron (Dessert) Recipe - Pinoy Food

Suman Moron originated from Leyte, an island in the Visayas. It is a popular Filipino dessert served during fiestas and other special occasions. Luckily, I don't have to wait for any special celebrations to taste this delicacy because these are commonly sold outside the church during Sundays.

This recipe makes about 30 pieces of Suman Moron 4-inches long each.



  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 6 cups ordinary rice flour
  • 2 kilos grated coconut meat
  • 1 big can evaporated milk
  • ½ kilo white (refined) granulated sugar
  • 1 kilo muscovado sugar
  • 30 chocolate tableya, melted with 1/4 cup water
  • 1 bar cheddar cheese (julienned)
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 small bottle vanilla extract
  • 8 cups boiling water
  • about 30 pieces banana leaves, cut into rectangles (8″x10″)

Filipino Recipes - Suman Moron (Dessert) Recipe - Pinoy Food

Cooking Instructions:

  • In a basin, place the grated coconut meat and pour boiling water. Set aside. (Note: 8 cups of canned coconut milk can be used as alternative.)
  • Mix the 2 types of flour well until thoroughly incorporated. Divide the flour mixture equally into two parts.
  • Squeeze the grated meat when the coconut mixture is already cool enough to handle. Use a fine strainer to separate the coconut milk. Divide the coconut milk equally into two parts.
  • In a thick-bottomed pan, place ½ of the flour mixture and pour in one part coconut milk, muscovado sugar, melted chocolate, vanilla extract and peanuts. Mix well and place over medium heat. Keep on stirring while cooking the mixture. At first, uneven lumps will form. But as you keep stirring, the mixture will even out as it thickens. Turn off the heat when oil starts to come out. Set aside to cool.
  • To the second half of flour mixture, add the remaining coconut milk. Then pour about half of the white sugar and the evaporated milk. Mix thoroughly. Place in a separate pan and cook over medium heat while stirring continuously. Remove from the heat when the mixture is thickened. Set aside to cool.
  • Pass the banana leaves over the heat to make them supple. Then use the squeezed-dry coconut meat over the leaves.
  • Take a heaping tablespoonful of the first mixture (chocolate) and place on the banana leaf wrapper. Sprinkle a little cheese on it before rolling, with the banana leaf covering the mixture. Therefore, you hands won't be touching the mixture being rolled.
  • Take another heaping tablespoonful of the second mixture (milk) and do the same process.
  • Place the two cylinders (milk and chocolate) and roll to form a thicker cylinder with the two colors fused together.
  • Roll the banana leaf to wrap tightly and tie a string at both ends to secure.
  • Repeat the process until all of the two mixtures have been wrapped.
  • Steam for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Let cool before serving.

Filipino Recipes - Suman Moron (Dessert) Recipe - Pinoy Food

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Desserts in Puerto Rican Style

Desserts in Puerto Rico mostly comprise of a type of flan or egg custard. Just as usual in the Puerto Rican flag is a slice of guava jelly with white cheese (queso blanco). Chefs seize the abundant produce of fruits in Puerto Rico and make several desserts, which include banana flan, orange layer cake, guava mousse, and coconut flan. The tastiest dessert could be a freshly made fruit cocktail. Pumpkin grows abundantly in Puerto Rico so it is not just consumed as a side vegetable and used to spice up soup, but to create as well the luscious base of a popular cake in Puerto Rico. In the same way, sweet potato is both being consumed as a side vegetable and used to make a local sweet potato cake.

The most generally used ingredient in a Puerto Rican dessert is almost certainly coconut. A lot of scrumptious sweets are concocted with coconut milk or what they call leche de coco, such as coconut cake, coconut and rum flan, coconut rice and coconut ice cream. One more traditional product is boudin de pasas con coco or coco bread pudding.


Jams and jellies are quite popular in Puerto Rico. Helping in a number of creations are both the sweet and sour guavas, including guava jelly, guava paste, guava pudding and guava shells in syrup. Papayas are also created as jams or desserts with cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar. A mango dessert is prepared with almost identical ingredients. Mangoes could be an additive for mamey preserve or could be eaten uncooked.

Desserts in Puerto Rican Style
Desserts in Puerto Rican Style

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Traditional Cuban Dessert Recipes

If you enjoy South American sweet treats, you will love Cuban dessert recipes. A lot of them are similar to easy Mexican recipes for desserts, which you have perhaps already made at some point. Lots of tropical fruits grow in Cuba, including bananas, mango, soursop, pineapple, tamarinds, coconuts and guava, which means that fruity desserts are especially popular.

Well loved Cuban desserts include rice pudding and merenguitos, which are sweet meringue puffs. Torrejas are like French toast. They are sweet fried bread slices served with syrup and raisins. In Cuba, French toast is served for dessert rather than breakfast. Cubans also like to make cookies and pastries using the locally sourced fresh fruit. Fruit turnovers and parfait desserts are really popular there.


Flan, which is also known as creme caramel, is very popular in nearly all Spanish speaking countries, including Cuba and Mexico. This delicious egg custard is flavored with vanilla and has a smooth, silky texture.

Traditional Cuban Dessert Recipes

An Easy Recipe for Boniatillo

This sweet potato pudding is popular during the holidays in Cuba. The pudding is flavored with cinnamon, cream, lime juice, vanilla and more and everybody will love the delicious flavor of this wonderful and traditional Cuban dessert. Chill it for a couple of hours or serve it hot. It tastes great either way! This recipe makes enough to serve four people.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 lbs sweet potato
  • 2 limes
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon or grated cinnamon stick
  • Water, as needed
How to make it:

Peel and chop the sweet potato and cover it with water in a pan. Add a teaspoon of salt and boil it for twenty minutes or until tender. Drain the potato and mash it using a fork, blender, or food processor.

Peel the limes and save the fruit for another use. Put the peel in a big pan with the brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and two cups of water. Cook the mixture over a moderate heat until it reaches 250 degrees F, stirring it all the time. You will need a candy thermometer to gauge the temperature.

Take out the peel and cinnamon and turn the heat down to low. Add the mashed sweet potato and keep stirring the mixture until it is smooth. Take it off the heat. Beat the cream, butter, egg yolks, and a pinch of salt until smooth, and then add this to the sweet potato mixture.

Cook it over a low heat for a couple of minutes, then take the pan off the heat and stir in the vanilla. If the mixture is too runny, you can mix a quarter cup of cornstarch with a quarter cup of water and add this. Divide the sweet potato pudding between serving bowls and garnish each one with a little ground cinnamon.

Traditional Cuban Dessert Recipes

If you enjoy Cuban food, you will also enjoy making easy Mexican recipes. South American desserts, and Mexican food desserts especially, feature a wide range of delicious ingredients such as chocolate, fresh fruit and more, and they finish off a meal perfectly. The Sweet Side of Mexican Food

Easy Dessert Recipes With Few Ingredients

This is a great dessert recipe to make quickly and easily with leftover double chocolate cookies. Naturally, you'll need to make the cookies first, and then manage to hold off eating enough of them to turn them into a dessert...

Easy cookie recipe


To make simple double-choc cookies, you will need:

  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips (or a bar of chocolate smashed to pieces with a rolling pin)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • One third of a cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional - it's nice but not critical if you don't have any)
  • 2 eggs

Easy Dessert Recipes With Few Ingredients

Mix all of the ingredients together, making sure everything is well combined. Pre-heat the oven to 320 degrees. Grease a baking tray, then spoon the cookie mixture onto it.

The cookies should be done within about 15 minutes, but check them at regular intervals and turn the tray if they are cooking unevenly. Once they are done, leave them to cool for a few minutes on the tray and then remove them with a spatula and place them on a rack to cool properly. The cookies will be at their most tasty at this point, warm and slightly soft, with melted chocolate in the middle - perfect with a cup of good coffee.

Easy dessert recipe

If you have a few of these cookies left over, you can make a quick and extremely easy dessert recipe with them. There are many variations on this, so check what you have in the cupboards and fridge. You won't need all of the ingredients here - this is just a suggestion, and you can change it according to taste and availability.

You'll need some or all of the following:

  • Cookies
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Custard
  • Ice cream (any flavor, but vanilla or chocolate is probably best)
  • Mixed berries - these can be bought frozen
  • Cream
  • Chocolate shavings

Start by crumbling the cookies into a small bowl or, better still, the bottom of a wine glass. Heat the berries in a pan or the microwave, and pour them over the cookies while still hot. Spoon yoghurt, custard or ice cream - or any combination of these - over the cookies and berries. Top with cream and chocolate shavings.

This is a really simple but very classy-looking dessert. One of the real attraction is the contrasts: the hot/cold of the berries and the ice cream, the hard chocolate chips and the soft cookie and yoghurt. It's also a great way to use leftovers.

Easy Dessert Recipes With Few Ingredients

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Mouth-Watering Thai Desserts - The Flour

A friend of mine told me that my article, " Mouth-Watering Thai Desserts" on August 9th, 2008, does not have information on flour used in Thai desserts. My friend was right - I mentioned flour in one of the seven main ingredients but I did not write anything about flour. Thus, continuing from the previous article on "Mouth-Watering Thai Desserts" this article will focus on flour used in Thai desserts. Taken together, these two articles give a fuller picture of Thai desserts.

The following are the common flours used in Thai desserts: sticky rice flour, rice flour, cassave starch, corn starch, wheat flour, arrowroot starch and mung bean flour.


Sticky Rice Flour (paeng khao niaw)

Mouth-Watering Thai Desserts - The Flour

Sticky rice flour is also referred to as "sweet rice powder" or "glutinous rice flour." It is made from short-grain sticky rice that becomes moist, firm and sticky when cooked. This is due to its proportionally higher number of waxy starch molecules. With its chewy texture, sticky rice flour is a favorite base for buns and pastries. Sticky rice flour is often combined with plain rice flour to create a variety of Thai desserts.

In Thailand there are 2 types of sticky rice flour: wet and dry. Wet sticky rice flour is finely milled with water, whereas dry sticky rice flour is finely milled without water. When buying sticky rice flour, choose products that have a white color and no smell or moisture.

Example desserts using sticky rice flour are Paeng Jee (grilled coconut cakes), Bua Loy Benjarong (taro, pumpkin, and mung dal bean balls in coconut milk) and Khanom Thua Paep (mung bean stuffing coated with shredded coconut meat).

Rice Flour (paeng khao jao)

Rice flour is used to thicken various dishes and is also an important ingredient in various Thai desserts. Rice flour is a good substitute for wheat flour, in that the latter causes digestive system irritation in those who are gluten intolerant. However, rice flour should not be used or substituted in some desserts like cakes. This is because rice flour is not finely milled like cake flour, and would not yield the same quality of desserts. In Thailand, there are 3 types of rice flour:

  • rice flour made from rice older than a year - good for absorbing water,
  • rice flour made from new rice - does not absorb water as well because of its moisture, and
  • rice flour made from new rice without water - excellent at absorbing water.

Beyond the type of flour, there are many grades for each type. To buy rice flour, choose products with a white color and absence of an old smell. If you plan to make a dessert using rice flour, find flour that was finely milled so your dessert will have a smooth texture.

Example desserts using rice flour are Khanom Chan (nine-layered dessert) and Khanom Thuay (coconut cakes).

Wheat Flour (paeng sa lee)

Wheat flour is a fine white powder that has high gluten content. There are different types of wheat flour depending on the types/characteristics of wheat used and the milling process. The common wheat flours are bread flour, all purpose flour and cake flour. These 3 types of wheat flour are different in the percentage of protein contained in the flour. Bread flour has the highest percentage of protein, 12%-13%, followed by all purpose flour at 9%-10% and cake four at 6%-9%.

Protein content is an important key for a buyer to know because it yields different result in cooking. High protein content means more water will be absorbed and there will be a longer mixing time to achieve optimum consistency. Thus the desserts/snacks that are chewy or sticky usually use the high protein content wheat flour.

Mung Bean Flour (paeng tao khiaw)

Mung bean flour is made from mung beans. It is a gluten-free flour. Some brands offer a very fine texture of flour. If the flour is not finely ground, one must grind it before use to prevent lumps. Mung bean flour comes in a variety of colors depending on how much it has been precessed. When cooking mung bean flour (with water on a stove), it turns transparent. One of the most well-known uses for mung bean flour is in so-called glass/clear noodles, very fine noodles made with a highly refined form of mung bean flour. When raw, these noodles are almost transparent, and they turn completely transparent when cooked. Khanom Salim is a Thai dessert that requires mung bean flour and cannot be substituted. Khanom Salim is sweet mung bean threads in syrup with coconut milk on top. It is served cold with ice. The mung bean thread is colored with natural colors like Flower of Chitoria Tematea Linn (Dok Un Chun) yielding a blue or lac (krang) yielding a red.

Cassave Starch (paeng mun)

Cassave starch is often called tapioca starch (paeng sa koo). It is a refined white flour which is made from cassava root. Cassave starch is very finely textured, and is a common substitute for arrowroot starch and cornstarch. Cassave starch is gluten-free and easy to digest. It is often added to gluten-free baking as a thickener. It is broadly used as a thickener for sauces, soups and desserts in Thailand. In desserts, cassave starch is almost always used in blends with other types of flour so that desserts are more soft and sticky than when using only one type of flour.

Corn Starch (paeng khao pod)

Corn starch is made from corn kernels and is finely textured. Corn starch is best dissolved in cold water. When cooking corn starch (with water on a stove), corn starch tends to form lumps. Thus, it is important to stir frequently on low heat. It is used as a thickener and used in blends with other types of flour like rice flour.

Arrowroot Starch (paeng thao yay mom)

Arrowroot Starch is made from the root of the marantha arundinacea. In Thailand, arrowroot starch consists of tiny white balls that must be ground before using. However, in some brands, arrowroot starch is a fine powder just like cassave starch. Arrowroot starch is a gluten-free flour that has no identifying taste or scent. It is used as a clear thickener with any mixture or in blends with other types of flour. Its thickening power is about twice that of cassave starch. Arrowroot starch is used in many Thai desserts.

Thais love desserts and they have been a part of our lives for a long time. Thai desserts cannot be perfected without attentive use of flour. For some desserts, some types of flour can be substituted for each other, but in other cases substitution is not advisable. Each type of flour has its own characteristics, which in some cases preclude substitution, depending on how they interact with the rest of the dessert. When making delicious authentic Thai desserts, it is more important to closely follow the recipe than it is for non-dessert kinds of dishes. Enjoy the many wonderful tastes and textures of Thai desserts!

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Desserts in a Hurry - How to Make 15 Minute Desserts

It is possible to make desserts in fifteen minutes, which is good news if you suddenly have a craving for something sweet or if you have some last minute guests. One of the best ways to do this is to always make sure you have the right staples stocked in your pantry and refrigerator. You can make a basic dessert using a can of fruit and some whipped cream, a scoop of ice cream and a handful of cookies or a packet of instant pudding, some milk, and a pre-made pie crust.

Some instant pudding can be transformed into a pie or a layered dessert. Do not be afraid to add ingredients to dessert mixes and make them unique. A good dessert does not have to be made from scratch and you might be surprised to learn that not everything is made from scratch in restaurants, even top restaurants, because these days there are so many mixes and packets that we can use to help up.


That is not to say that we have to live on boxed food or packet mixtures but if you are in a rush, you can use something like that as a basis for your quick and easy dessert recipe.

Desserts in a Hurry - How to Make 15 Minute Desserts

Making Quick Yet Tasty Desserts

Fruit can be transformed into something special in as little as fifteen minutes with the addition of some ice cream, whipped cream, and ice cream syrup. Perhaps you have some marshmallows, raisins or chocolate chips lying around, in which case you can use those too.

There are so many desserts you can make on the fly. What about making homemade ice cream sandwiches by sandwiching vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips between store-bought cookies? You can buy pre-made crepes or tortillas if you do not want to make your own, and fill them with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Take chances and combine different flavors to come up with exciting desserts. Experimenting is the best way to discover new dessert recipes. Remember that fruit trifle was only invented because somebody messed up a cake recipe. A culinary mistake can turn into something delicious and impressive which your family will like a lot.

Recipe for Lime Infused Mexican Strawberries

This delicious and easy dessert is perfect if you happen to enjoy Mexican dessert recipes. Feel free to substitute Grand Marnier or another orange liqueur for the Kahlua.

Also, you could use lemon juice instead of the lime juice. This is a light and refreshing dessert which is ideal if you are pressed for time or if you want something light and fruity rather than heavy.

You will need:

  • 1 lb hulled, sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua (Mexican chocolate liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

How to make it:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and let it stand for about ten minutes, or until the strawberries release their juice. Stir the dessert a couple of times during this time. Serve chilled, either alone or with whipped cream or a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream on the side.

Desserts in a Hurry - How to Make 15 Minute Desserts

There are so many tasty Mexican dessert recipes and other recipes that you can make quickly if you are in a rush. A lot of Mexican recipes are based on fresh produce and simple flavors, making them perfect if you have last minute guests or a sudden craving for something sweet. The Sweet Side of Mexican Food

Delicious Desserts

A "Dessert" is a meal course that usually comes after dinner. Most often Dessert foods are of sweet food but can also be of a strongly flavored food, such as cheese, like cheese cake. The world dessert comes from the Old French word "desservir", which means 'to clear the table'. Often times in the English language dessert is confused with the word desert(note only one "s"), which is a baren piece of land normally with sand as soil.

It wasn't until after the 19th-century where the rise of the middle class, and the mechanization of the sugar industry, brought the privilege of sweets into the general public and unreserved it exclusively for the aristocracy, or as rare holiday treat. This was because sugar became cheaper and more readily available to the general public. As sugar was widely spread, so was the development and popularity of desserts.


In today's culture dessert recipes [] have become a popular item for discussion, as they are a winning way to win people over at the end of any meal. This is partly because if you serve a mediocre meal, with an excellent dessert, people will remember you for the dessert and forget about the meal.

Delicious Desserts

Most cultures, have a separate final distinction between the main course, and the sweet course. This is not true however in some cultures such as Chinese, who will mix in sweet and savoury dishes throughout the entire meal. Dessert is, often times seen as a separate meal or snack, rather than a course, and can be eaten some time after the meal by many individuals. Because of it's wide spread popularity there are even some restaurants that specialize in desserts.

Some of the most common desserts are:

- Biscuits or cookies

- Ice creams

- Meringues

- Fruit

- Cakes

- Crumbles

- Custards

- Gelatin desserts

- Puddings

- Pastries

- Pies or tarts

Delicious Desserts

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Dessert Ideas for Entertaining Guests at Dinner Parties

You may think the most important part of a dinner party is the dinner - but you would be wrong. While having a delicious dinner and great conversation are key to a successful event, the most important element of your dinner party is the dessert! Likely this will be the last thing your guests remember and can really cap off a good meal and good night in the right way.

Dinner Party Dessert Ideas


Do not stress out about choosing the most fancy dessert ideas for your dinner party. You do not need a flaming pudding or crème brulee to excite your guests' palates, instead consider serving your family and friends a delicious cheesecake. There are so many cheesecake flavors you can be sure you will find one to accommodate even the pickiest of eaters. Cheesecake is such a versatile dessert it can be dressed up with chocolate or caramel swirls, decorated with sliced fruit or just left to shine all on its own. No matter how you choose to display your cheesecake, your guests will agree that it is one of the best desserts you can choose!

Dessert Ideas for Entertaining Guests at Dinner Parties

More Dessert Ideas for Parties

If your guests have a variety of different taste preferences, a whole cheesecake may not be the right dinner party dessert idea. Instead of purchasing a big cheesecake that is all one flavor, consider getting a cheesecake assortment. You have a few of options when choosing assorted cheesecakes. You can get a large "gourmet assortment" cake, which comes with three slices of Mocha, three slices of Turtle, three slices of Original and three slices of the Very Strawberry cake. This assortment has something to please everyone. You can even choose a flavor theme - Chocolate Lovers or a Very Berry- if you know your guests have similar tastes but also appreciate variety.

You can also choose an assortment of mini cheesecakes. This option allows each of your guests to enjoy their very own cheesecake! We will send you a seven-pack assortment of our top selling cakes right now, and your dinner party guests will be able to enjoy Strawberry Swirl, Original, Turtle and Key Lime cheesecakes!

Simple Dinner Party Dessert Ideas

Remove one item from your to-do list by ordering a cheesecake online. Do not waste time driving to and from a bakery or store, just walk to your computer, choose your cake and wait for it to be delivered straight to your door.

Dinner parties are the perfect opportunity for you to gather with friends and family, share a good meal and enjoy each other's company. In all of the hustle and bustle of planning a party, do not forget about serving a fantastic dessert! Let a mail order cheesecake impress your guests before the night has ended

Dessert Ideas for Entertaining Guests at Dinner Parties

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Diabetic Dessert Recipes - Sugar Free Dessert Recipes to Prevent Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the pancreas does not make enough insulin (insulin is a hormone that helps glucose to enter cells) or muscle cells are unable to use insulin properly. As the result, a diabetic patient has very high blood sugar levels. When the sugar or glucose level is over 600 mg/dl, it's dangerous to the diabetic's health. Untreated diabetes affects the eyes, nerves, kidney, heart and blood vessels.

Type 2 Diabetes is usually controlled with exercise and an appropriate diet. Are you suffering from Type 2 diabetes? In such a case, you absolutely need to manage a healthy diet in order to help control blood sugar concentration. And what about if you are free from diabetes? It is wise to prevent diabetes planning healthy meals. Try to avoid food high in sugar, saturated fat and carbohydrates (carbs).


Can people with diabetes enjoy sweets and desserts?

Diabetic Dessert Recipes - Sugar Free Dessert Recipes to Prevent Diabetes

Are you craving for something sweet to eat such as desserts? Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to give up great tasting food. You can still enjoy your favorite deserts. Learn how to make special and delicious diabetic sweet treats, cakes, pies, ice cream, pudding and cookies by yourself!

Fortunately, easy diabetic dessert recipes are available and can be very helpful to diabetics. What you can do is collect sugar free desserts recipes. After collecting these diabetic recipes, just try them! Develop healthy eating habits and enjoy great tasting food! You can live a normal life controlling properly your glucose sugar level.

Tasty Diabetic Dessert Recipes Sample


> 2 cups fresh unsweetened strawberries
> 4-oz frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping
> Substitute sugar equivalent to 60 grams of sugar
> ½ package sugar-free pudding mix


Place strawberries and sugar substitute in a blender and process until smooth. Strain seeds and discard. Return strawberry mixture to the blender and process again. Add sugar-free pudding mix and process until smooth. Transfer to large bowl. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon evenly into desert dishes. Refrigerate until serving time.

Whether you want to prevent or cure diabetes naturally maintaining a special diet, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the dishes and favorite desserts you like! You just have to make them a different way.

How can I collect tasty diabetic dessert recipes?

Actually, there are two different way to collect sugar-free dessert recipes in order to prevent oneself from getting Type 2 diabetes.

1) The first one consists to copy them from any site on the web. It's free of charge but unfortunately not all the diabetic recipes found on the web are written by professionals such as nutritionists!

2) The second way is to buy for a reasonable price a complete and professional cookbook. How would you feel if you had a collection of 500 different diabetic recipes? With such a specific cookbook, it will be very easy to cut down on the sugar in your diet. Download an awesome collection of over 500 Diabetics Recipes including desserts, entrees, snacks and more!

Diabetic Dessert Recipes - Sugar Free Dessert Recipes to Prevent Diabetes

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Quick Italian Dessert Recipe - Tiramisu

If you are looking for a tasty and fast recipe that is authentic Italian, this quick Italian dessert recipe is for you. There is no better way to finish off a delicious Italian dinner than with a tasty and light dessert. This recipe is great to serve your guests after a pasta dinner and wine. You can also serve this as a social dessert with coffee at any time. Tiramisu is a favorite among Italian food lovers.

Ingredients for this Tiramisu Quick Italian Dessert Recipe:
o 30 Italian lady fingers that are divided
o 2 ½ cups of strong warm espresso
o 2 ounces of chopped chocolate
o Unsweetened cocoa used for dusting the dessert
o 6 egg yolks
o ¾ cup of white sugar
o 1 ¼ pounds of mascarpone cheese
o 2 cups of heavy cream
o 1/3 cup of white sugar
o 1 ½ tablespoons of dark rum


Directions for making Tiramisu Quick Italian Dessert Recipe:
o Dip the first 18 Italian ladyfingers into the espresso
o Line the bottom of a 12 x 9 pan with the ladyfingers
o Sprinkle half of the chopped chocolate over the mixture
o Add a generous dusting of the cocoa on the mixture
o Set this aside
o Combine the egg yolks and ¾ cup of the sugar
o Mix this on high in a mixer for about ten minutes
o Mix the mascarpone by hand until it is completely mixed and lump free
o Set this aside
o Mix by a mixer or by hand the cream, 1/3 cup of sugar and the rum until it forms stiff peaks
o Add the mascarpone mix and whip this again until completely homogenous
o Spread half of the egg and cheese filling onto the ladyfingers in the pan
o Soak the rest of the ladyfingers in espresso and make a second layer over them
o Leave some spaces in between the ladyfingers and sprinkle the remaining filling evenly over the ladyfingers
o Lightly sprinkle this with more cocoa
o Wrap and refrigerate for about four to six hours
o When this is chilled, sprinkle it again with a light dusting of the cocoa
o Slice and serve with a spoon or spatula

Quick Italian Dessert Recipe - Tiramisu

This quick Italian dessert recipe for tiramisu will delight your taste buds and you will love how light and tasty this dessert is. You can serve small servings after a big dinner, or a little bit larger pieces as an afternoon social treat. Some prefer to serve this dessert with espresso, coffee or if you and your guests prefer to enjoy the richness, try with a nice glass of red wine.

Quick Italian Dessert Recipe - Tiramisu

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Quick Napoleon Dessert Recipes

A traditional Napoleon is a French dessert made from layers of puff pastry spread with a vanilla pastry cream. The top of the rectangle or triangular shaped sweet is drizzled with chocolate and or dusted with powdered sugar. Historians say that the Napoleon was created by a Danish royal chef in honor of a visit by a French emperor. And that Emperor Bonaparte's defeat at Waterloo was the result of an overindulgence of his now famous namesake pastry.

You may have a hard time distinguishing after eating a Napoleon what part is the best part. Is it the puff pastry or the pastry cream? I think all of the flavor combinations work very well together, so, I say all of it! This is a very quick and easy dessert recipe, and you will not spend all day in the kitchen. We are going to take the shortcut method and make it work for our recipe.


Making puff pastry from scratch is not an easy task to undertake. It is a labor and time intensive endeavor. Perfectly chilled ingredients, repeated rolling to the correct thickness, and precision folding are the keys to faultless puff pastry. Not to mention working in a kitchen that is not humid. The meticulous rolling and folding, along with the moisture in the butter, creates steam which causes the dough to puff and separate into the flaky layers that the pastry is known for. Some chef's recommend anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours chilling time between rolling and folding. Consider that the roll, fold and chill process is done four times, you need to block off two to eight hours to make puff pastry. Or, take a trip to the frozen food section of the grocery store and buy it.

Quick Napoleon Dessert Recipes

Ready made puff pastry is available in sheets or shells. To thaw it at room temperature takes about thirty minutes, in the refrigerator about four hours. It will keep in the refrigerator up to two days. When shaping the dough, work with one sheet at a time, refrigerating remaining sheets until ready to use. As with all dough handle as little as possible. A pastry wheel, pizza cutter or sharp knife are the best utensils for cutting the dough. Cut edges should be crisp to keep the layers separate so that they puff during baking. Always bake puff pastry in a conventional oven and keep in mind that darker baking sheets cook faster.

Vanilla pastry cream is the standard filling for a Napoleon. This is a very short recipe for making quick Napoleons.

1 Package of frozen puff pastry dough

2 Packages of Vanilla instant pudding

1 Bottle of a good chocolate fudge or chocolate drizzle

3 Ounces of confectioners sugar

Prepare instant pudding according to package directions. While pudding is chilling follow directions for thawing, unfolding and baking puff pastry sheets. Cut into desired shape at bake at 400° for twelve minutes or until golden. Pay close attention to baking time, sheets burn easily. Let cool to room temperature.

To assemble you will place a layer of pastry in bottom of a sheet pan. You will then gently spread with a layer of pudding, then another layer of pastry. Repeat the layering process until ingredients are used up. You will then heat your chocolate fudge until it is at a pouring consistency. You will pour or drizzle over the tops of your Napoleons, and dust very lightly with the confectioners sugar. You will need a serrated knife to cut these into bars to sreve. Keep refrigerated until serving time.

If you want to substitute a low fat, or zero fat pudding in this recipe, there is still enough sugar to give it flavor with half or no fat in the pudding.

Quick Napoleon Dessert Recipes

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Pastries in Filipino Cuisine

There's no better way to cap off a hearty Filipino meal than with something light and sweet for dessert. No, not ice cream or milkshakes, although those are great too-we're talking about native Filipino desserts. If you think sweets have no place in Filipino cuisine, you can't be further from the truth. From simple sugar-raised doughnuts to elaborate cakes, there's always a sweet Filipino food that's sure to satisfy that sweet tooth.

But one dessert that deserves a mention is the Filipino pastry. Although not as popular as our kakanin or rice cakes, Filipino pastries are a steady favorite in many regions. They're also a great start if you want to bake your own Filipino desserts recipes. They don't require as much attention as kakanin, but they give you just the same sweetness. Here are some of the most popular pastries in Filipino cuisine, plus some recipes to help you get started.


Buko Pie

Pastries in Filipino Cuisine

It's hardly surprising that one of our favorite desserts comes from our top fruit export. Outside the country, buko pie is sold in pre-packed frozen slices, so we're lucky to get it here fresh and hot, not to mention cheap. It is a popular pasalubong for people who go south of Luzon, particularly to Laguna, Quezon, and Batangas. The filling is made from young coconut flesh mixed with macapuno, coconut milk, cream, and sometimes caramel. Most bakeries carry a cheaper version of the pie made from sweetened coconut juice and flour. If you feel like making your own, here's an easy recipe you can try.

Buko Pie


2 c all-purpose flour

2/3 c shortening

1 egg yolk

¼ c cold water

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vinegar

4 c shredded coconut meat

300ml condensed milk

2/3 c cornstarch

1 c coconut water

Procedure: Preheat your oven to about 435oF. In a bowl, combine the salt and flour and cut in the shortening until they form pea-sized pieces. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolk, water and vinegar, then add to the flour mixture. Mix until the dough is soft and pliable. Split the dough into two balls, one part a bit bigger. Roll out the bigger dough until it's slightly bigger than your pie plate. Fit into the plate and let hang over the sides. Roll out the smaller dough, then set aside.
In a saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients and cook until thick. Let it cook for about 15 minutes, then pour into the crust. Cover with the smaller dough, seal the edges, and bake for about one hour.

Boat tarts

For a quick, cheap sugar fix, boat tarts are your best option. These are small, open pastries with a filling of caramel, ­langka (jackfruit), mango, or some other sweetened fruit. You can find them pre-packed in most groceries and cafeterias. They are a popular dessert for school lunches, mainly because they are fairly cheap and go well with most Filipino food recipes. If you can pull off a simple cake, boat tarts shouldn't be a problem.

Pili Nut Tarts


1 kg all-purpose flour

½ kg ground pili nuts

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup condensed milk

1 cup ice water

Procedure: Mix the flour and sugar, and cut in the butter until they form small pea-sized balls. Slowly add in the water, stirring along the sides to help the dough hold together. Form the dough into small balls, then roll out about 1/8 inch thick. Press into tart molds and prick the sides and base with a fork. Bake the dough for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the condensed milk, sugar, and ground nuts. Pour into the baked crusts and top with pili slices. Return to the oven and bake until the filling turns golden brown.


Filipino macaroons are made with coconut shavings, which make them chewier than flour-based American ones. It's actually one of the easiest Filipino cooking recipes, so it's a great starter recipe for beginners. This one puts an unusual twist on the basic recipe.

Pandan Macaroons

Ingredients :

1 cup desiccated coconut

½ cup coconut cream powder

1 tsp pandan extract

¼ cup melted butter

1 ¼ cup sugar

¼ cup bread crumbs

3 eggs, separated

1 ¼ cup warm water

green food color

salt to taste

Procedure: Preheat your oven to 320oF. Grease a baking pan with butter and sprinkle a little flour to coat. In a bowl, mix the water and coconut cream powder, then set aside. Beat egg whites until they get foamy, then beat in the yolks. Combine the bread crumbs, desiccated coconut, sugar, salt, and butter. Add in the egg mixture, dissolved coconut cream, food color, and pandan extract. Mix well and pour into the pan. Spread evenly and shake down to compact the batter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the sides are browned.

Pastries in Filipino Cuisine

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Famous Russian Desserts

If you like to learn about famous international desserts and make your own, it might interest you to know a bit about famous Russian desserts. In Russia, desserts are usually served at breakfast or eaten after an entree at dinner.

Pancakes, or blinis, are very popular. You might have tried these with smoked salmon or caviar but in Russia these little buckwheat pancakes are often served with honey, jelly or sour cream. Oladi are like blinis but thicker and more filling. Tvorog is Russian cottage cheese and this is served with berry jam or honey.


Pastries are very popular in Russia, especially apple pastries. Syrniki are made with fried cottage cheese and served with jelly, sweet dressings or honey. Russian teacakes are little cookie which are rolled in powdered sugar.

Famous Russian Desserts

How to Adapt Russian Dessert Recipes

You might like to make your own Russian desserts to surprise your family but perhaps you want to tweak the recipes a little. If you enjoy making jello recipes, what about combining it with Russian recipes?

For example, Russians love to eat fruit pastries and you can make your own pastries using jello to hold the fruit topping in place and to add flavor. Try making a strawberry pastry with fresh strawberries in a layer of strawberry jello.

You can also pour jello over Russian cakes to add flavor and texture. Another way to adapt classic Russian recipes is to change what they are served with. Honey is a popular accompaniment to Russian desserts but you can try maple syrup or your favorite ice cream syrup.

Recipe for Authentic Russian Fruit Cake

This delicious recipe is perfect for fruit cake fans. There are various types of fruit cake. Perhaps you enjoy fruit cakes with plenty of nuts and a touch of whiskey or fruit cakes with lots of cherries. This Russian fruit cake contains various fruits and nuts and sherry for flavor. This is an easy fruit cake recipe but you do need to let the fruit stand in the sherry overnight so start this cake recipe a day before you want to bake it.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sherry
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped candied fruits
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

How to make it:

Stir the fruits into 1/2 cup of the sherry and let them stand overnight. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Cream together the butter, spices and sugars until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then add the sourdough starter and stir the mixture. Add the almonds and fruit mixture. Sift the salt, baking soda and flour into the sourdough mixture and combine well.

Cover a cake pan with wax paper, and then grease it well with oil. Transfer the cake batter into the cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until done. Let the cake cool on a wire rack, and then remove the wax paper. Sprinkle the rest of the sherry over the cake.

Famous Russian Desserts

Russian dessert recipes are full of flavor and fun to make. You can adapt classic Russian recipes with modern ingredients like jello. Sometimes you might want to make international desserts for the family and other times make something easy like a chocolate mousse instead, for variety.

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Desserts - Everyone Loves It

Most people do not feel like a meal is complete without first having been served dessert. Even after a hearty meal, most people would like to enjoy a dessert item, something sweet, to top it all off. However, no one wants to have the same thing every night. In order to serve your family a better variety of desserts, you should consider browsing some dessert recipes.

Everyone enjoys having something sweet now and then at different times of the day. While most people do like to enjoy a sweet treat after a nice meal, there are many times during the day or night when we might reach for something sweet. Store bought treats might be okay, but nothing can match the fulfillment a homemade pie or fresh baked cookies can bring. Looking through some recipes can show you that you do not have to settle for store bought treats. You can make homemade snacks and desserts for your family in no time at all, with barely any effort.


No bake cookies are a good recipe to try. People of all ages love cookies, and most no bake cookies are quick and easy to make. In most cases it simply entails mixing all of your ingredients together, and then spooning the mixture out onto wax paper in bit size portions. In most cases, you can prepare no bake cookies in 20 minutes or less.

Desserts - Everyone Loves It

Another quick and easy treat to make for after dinner or anytime is peanut butter fudge. If you browse through the different dessert recipes out there, you will find no bake recipes for peanut butter fudge, as well. While it does not have the same exact taste as fudge prepared in the more traditional way, the taste of no bake peanut butter fudge comes very close. It is very good and is sure to please everyone.

Everyone should eat healthy, and monitor the amount of sugar that they regularly consume. However, everyone enjoys a good homemade snack once in a while. When you or your family has a sudden craving for a sweet treat, you should consider making it from scratch. Store bought dessert products can be tasty, but nothing is as cook as a sweet treat made at home. There is no love in store bought snacks, but your family is sure to feel the love from the sweet snacks you make them from the heart.

Desserts - Everyone Loves It

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3 No Bake Kids Recipes - Desserts

There are a lot of things that need to be done - work, household chores, etc. - that sometimes, we just want snack-making to be easy, no-bake and quick recipes for kids to be at our disposal in one click. Not everyone knows how to bake (believe me, I know the feeling as it took me years before I learned how to put two and two together), so we kind of wish that there would be easy recipes for our hungry little youngsters.

I'm happy to say that there are a lot of desserts that doesn't need an oven for you to produce (most of them products of busy but innovative moms). Here are some examples:


Peanut Butter Balls. Mix half a cup of peanut butter, half a cup of honey, and 2 tablespoons of powdered milk. Roll into balls and roll it again in 1 cup of crushed cornflakes cereal until covered. Can be eaten immediately or can be refrigerated. (Highly recommended that you eat this with a glass of milk by your side.)

3 No Bake Kids Recipes - Desserts

Strawberries and Cream. Toss 2 pints of sliced strawberries with 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Let stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. Drain 1 cup of vanilla or plain yogurt by putting a sieve over a bowl and lining it with cheesecloth; spoon yogurt in and refrigerate for an hour and a half. Beat one third cup of whipping cream with 1 tablespoon of confectioner's sugar until soft peaks form. Fold in yogurt. Top strawberries with cream and serve. This can also be used over waffles and pancakes. Makes approximately 6 servings.

Yoghurt Pie. Combine 1 8-oz of orange flavored yoghurt and 1 cup of whipped non-dairy topping or cream. Stir. Add half a cup of mandarin orange slices and mix well. Spoon into a 9" graham cracker crust shell. Cover with plastic wrap and chill before serving. (You may also try different flavors, depending on the yoghurt that you have, like strawberries, peaches, lemon, vanilla, blueberries, apricot or mango. You can also use banana slices, since almost every fruit can be combined with a banana and it would still taste good.)

Dips. Have vegetables (like carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.) and fruits (like apples, pears, etc.) readily available when you prepare dips. Pretzels or bread can also be used. A simple dip would be to combine 2 8-oz packs of softened cream cheese, half a cup of brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Another simple combo would be to mix cream cheese, some apple sauce and a dash of cinnamon and sugar - no measurements specified because it's actually fun to make them according to your liking.

You can even let the kids help you out, for these recipes are so easy to prepare.

3 No Bake Kids Recipes - Desserts

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Desserts - Dessert Ideas For Parties

Technology is a wonderful thing and when it is translated into consumer products life gets just a little bit easier. So, you may be wondering why I start off talking about technology. Well, a few years ago I saw a chocolate fountain advertised. At the time I could not really afford it, but my darling husband, knowing what a dedicated cook I am, got me one for my birthday. Yeah! It became the hit of my dessert table when I started the dark chocolate flowing and put our a platter full of fruit and cake chunks for dipping. It was so popular that all the other buffet tables were forgotten. I actually had to turn it off to get people to eat the main meal.

Now, you can purchase a small chocolate fountain for around twenty dollars. A great investment and a crowd pleaser for any party. Set out a tray of fruit, cut into bite size pieces, one inch cubes of pound cake and angel food cake, and don't forget the marshmallows. You can include cookies, pretzels, and even ruffle cut potato chips if you like. There is definitely something about the salt and chocolate combination that is quite satisfying. Try apple slices spread with peanut butter too. Yum.


Cakes and pies are always a hit at parties. Try these adaptations that guests can eat with their fingers.

Desserts - Dessert Ideas For Parties

Make pie into 'Tartlets'. Using your favorite pie crust, roll out and cut into 3 inch circles or squares. Place about a tablespoon of pie filling into the center. Brush edges with egg wash, a mixture of beaten egg and a little milk. Place a second cutout on top and seal the edges using the tines of a fork. If you have some fancy engraved cutlery, try using the handle to imprint the design as you seal the crust. Cut a small slit in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake at about 450 degrees until lightly browned, about 15 - 20 minutes.

Turn your favorite cake batter into mini cupcakes. Cupcakes are all the rage lately. Mini cupcakes are no more difficult to make than the normal size ones. You just end up with more of them from the same volume of batter. Bake your favorite cake batter in mini muffin cups. You can usually get these from your market. If you don't have a mini muffin pan, don't worry. I have used a cookie sheet with sides, normally called a jelly roll pan. Just fill the pan with the empty cups, lined up so they are supporting each other. Fill and bake. For a surprise drop a candy kiss or a small piece of fruit into the center of the batter before baking. To Frost, did the mini cupcake, top down, into a bowl of frosting. As you lift it out make a little twisting motion, like you were turning a door knob, and as you turn the little cupcake right side up you should get a little swirl that looks like the swirl on a soft serve ice cream cone. Sprinkle with colored sugar, top with a cherry or any other garnish you like. A tray of these will bring smiles to anyone.

Mini Cheesecake

Ok, who doesn't like cheesecake, please leave the room. Well, just kidding, but these little cakes are so good you may need to double the recipe.

Pick up a box of no-bake cheesecake mix from your grocery. Follow the directions to mix the filling. You can put the crust crumbs aside and use them for something else, like a cream pie, later.
Into a cup cake paper cup place one vanilla wafer cookie. Put about a teaspoon of the custard filling onto the wafer. Place one chocolate kiss candy on top of that then finish filling the cup. Chill until set.

Options: You can replace the chocolate candy with fruit or even nuts, or just make it plain. For a party you could drizzle a little melted chocolate or caramel sauce over the top. Use your imagination. My son likes strawberry, so I use frozen strawberry right out to the freezer and drizzle the top with a little strawberry ice-cream sauce.

These are just a few ideas to help make your next party a dessert lover's dream. Enjoy.

Desserts - Dessert Ideas For Parties

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Vanilla and Rum Sauces Make Holiday Desserts Special

My mother's parents were English and many of the meals she fixed for us reflected this heritage. Christmas dinner was always roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Dessert was always plum pudding with warm sauce. There are many recipes for plum pudding and all are labor intensive. Mom made plum pudding from scratch a few times, but it was so much work she finally bought Crosse and Blackwell pudding imported from England.

The plum pudding was served with warm vanilla or rum sauce. I did not like the rich pudding, so I only ate a spoonful. But I could have eaten an entire bowl of sauce. Mom also served apple pie with warm vanilla sauce. The combination of warm sauce and fresh pie from the oven was heavenly. With a couple of changes the vanilla sauce recipe becomes rum sauce or rum-raisin sauce.


I have lightened the recipe by using Splenda Blend for Baking instead of sugar and elminating the half cup of butter in the original recipe. However, I have added a tablespoon of butter for flavor. Warm vanilla and rum sauce turn simple cakes -- vanilla, apple, and spice -- into special desserts. Top frozen waffles with vanilla ice cream and sauce and you have one of the best desserts on the planet. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and fresh mint to make your holiday desserts more festive.

Vanilla and Rum Sauces Make Holiday Desserts Special



1/2 cup Splenda Blend for Baking

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon light salt

2 cups hot water

1 tablespoon butter (no substitutions)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

dash of freshly grated nutmeg


Combine the Splenda Blend for Baking, cornstarch, and salt in a small saucepan. Whisk in hot water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and nutmeg. Makes 8 servings.


Omit the vanilla and nutmeg. Make the sauce and remove from heat. Add 2 teaspoons of rum extract.


Omit the vanilla and nutmeg. Add 1/4 cup raisins to the sauce and cook until thickened. Remove from heat and add 2 teaspoons of rum extract.

Copyright 2006 by Harriet Hodgson

Vanilla and Rum Sauces Make Holiday Desserts Special

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A Fascinating Glimpse at Medieval Desserts

The word "dessert" originated during the Medieval era. Desserts back then were obviously different to the types of desserts we have now and it is interesting to find out what was typically served for dessert in the Middle Ages.

Aged cheese and mulled wine was served after almost every dinner and, by the later part of the Medieval era, sugar-, honey- or syrup-covered fruits were also served. Sugar was viewed as a drug as well as a sweetener. Having been recently introduced from Europe, it was considered a luxury item and added to all kinds of dishes, even savory ones. Only the rich could afford sugar however.


Flans and tarts were well loved in medieval times and it is thought that rice pudding also dates from that era. A lot of these dessert recipes are still around today and some have not changed very much at all. In fact, today's jello cheesecake is not that dissimilar in flavor or texture from a medieval jam-topped cheese tart!

A Fascinating Glimpse at Medieval Desserts

Other Well Known Middle Ages Treats

Sugar-topped crepes, fritters, and sweet custards were popular medieval desserts. Darioles, which were eggs and almond milk in a pastry shell, were served, and fried dough or pastries with sweet fillings was popular in Germanic areas. Almond milk was used in desserts more than cow's milk because it stayed fresh for longer.

Marzipan was popular in southern France and Italy by the early 1300s and it is thought to have originated from the Arab regions. Tarts with cherries, plums, apples, and strawberries were well known and flower petals like violets, roses and elderflowers were used as a garnish for medieval desserts.

Wafers and waffles were enjoyed with cheese in the north of France and candied ginger with aniseed, coriander, or other spices was served at the end of a meal to aid with digestion.

Recipe for Medieval Tart with Custard

This creamy and flavorful tart was popular in France in the Middle Ages. You can make it without the crust if you prefer. If you want to do that, use a double-boiler instead of a pie dish. The combination of nutmeg and cinnamon was popular in medieval times. Other popular spices included saffron, cloves and ginger.

You will need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 pie crust
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Butter and flour, for the pie dish
How to make it:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Bring the sugar and milk to a boil in a pot, then let it cool down. Stir the water into the sweetened milk, then return it to the heat and keep stirring it until it reaches a boil.

Beat the eggs, and then stir them into the milk. Grease and flour a pie dish. Roll out the pie crust and put it in the dish, then pour in the egg mixture and bake the tart for half an hour. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

A Fascinating Glimpse at Medieval Desserts

It can be fun to make old fashioned recipes but sometimes you might want to make something quick and easy, which is where jello comes in very useful for making delicious desserts like jello cheesecake, jello pies and much more.

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French Ice Cream Sundae Desserts

French ice cream sundaes might include any combination of flavors, sorbets, syrups, nuts and even alcohols. There really is no limit. However, there are some popular combinations that you are quite likely to find on the menu if you visit an ice cream parlor (glacier) in France. These classic sundaes are easy enough to reproduce at home. Add on a fancy French name, and you will have an elegant dessert ready in no time.

If you do decide to serve your dessert with a French touch, do not forget to top it with one or two rolled "cigarette" or fan shaped cookies. Their slightly sweet, crispy crunch is the perfect accompaniment to a cold and rich French sundae.


Chocolate Liegeois - Chocolate and vanilla ice creams, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and shaved chocolate.

French Ice Cream Sundae Desserts

Coffee Liegois - This is the same as a chocolate liegeois, except coffee substitutes for the chocolate.

Coupe Antillaise - Here the flavors are supposed to be Caribbean. Many times this means vanilla and rum raisin ice cream, topped with pineapple and whipped cream, but other combinations of rum and fruit are possible.

Coupe Tutti Frutti - A combination of different sorbets (for example, pear, peach, or pineapple) with different fresh fruits (for example, strawberries, grapes, melon, or pineapple), topped with whipped cream and fruit syrup.

Coupe Colonel - Watch out - the colonel has a bite! Lemon sorbet topped with vodka.

Dame Blanche - Just a simple vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. The elegance is all in the name.

Peche Melba - This was invented by the renowned French culinary authority, Auguste Escoffier, in testament to his admiration for Nelly Melba, who was a popular turn of the 20th century Australian opera singer. Vanilla ice cream, poached peaches, and raspberry sauce. These days you are likely to find your peche Melba topped with whipped cream as well.

Poire Belle Helene - Another cold dessert inspired by the opera - this one commemorates the presentation in 1864 of La Belle Helene, an operetta by Jacques Offenbach. Vanilla ice cream, poached pears, and chocolate sauce.

Profiteroles - This is not a sundae, but you will find it frequently offered on the menu in a French glacier. Cream puffs are typically filled with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.

French Ice Cream Sundae Desserts

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Fun Holiday Desserts You'll Love

There is nothing more exciting than sitting down at the table with your family during the holiday season and enjoying a great meal - followed by a great dessert. But after years of hosting your family's holiday parties, your relatives can often begin to predict what you'll make each year. "Let me guess ... lemon meringue pie" or "We can always count on your pound cake." Instead of being the predictable party host you've been for years, or even decades, why not add some flair to your menu with these fun and unique holiday desserts?

Honey Cake Pudding


Honey Cake Pudding is well loved by many and is one of the unique holiday desserts with origins in South Africa. With more of a bread pudding consistency, it is sweet like cake and tastes great with ice cream or custard. The ingredients include traditional cake items such as flour, butter, milk, sugar, baking soda and eggs, but what makes it stand out from other cakes is its use of liquid honey. Instead of baking it in a cake pan, it is baked in a bowl, and when is retrieved from the oven, the ingredient mixture creates a consistency that is gooey in the middle with a golden crust on top. Yum!

Fun Holiday Desserts You'll Love

Gingerbread House

Making a gingerbread house is a wonderful way to get the children involved in making holiday desserts for the family. Creating one of these unique little houses gives your entire family a chance to exercise their creative muscles, and the final product is one to be treasured forever (or at least a month). To get your children excited about gingerbread houses, show them pictures of the final product - they look so tasty no one can resist. Then make the shopping trip to buy the ingredients a family event. They'll love it!

Making a gingerbread house is traditionally a two-day project (unless you buy a gingerbread house kit, which has recently become widely available) so prepare yourself for lots of baking, a big mess, and a great deal of fun. The first day of the project is spent baking the house and the second day will be spent in the decoration phase, which is the best part. You can cut out all sorts of fun shapes to represent doors, windows, trees and much more, and buying fun candy like M&M's, Tootsie Rolls and Candy Canes for the house's decorations will ensure that your children will have some munchies to snack on as a reward for their hard work. If you'd prefer to preserve the house for guests to see you might be disappointed to find everyone wants to tear into the tasty treat. If this is the case, take some great pictures and have a blast eating the house - it wasn't going to last forever anyway, right?

Orange and Lemon Ice Treat

Not your traditional cake our pie, orange and lemon ice is a mix between a drink and a treat making it one of the more unique holiday desserts out there. It is considered to be a gourmet blend, so when you present this unique delight to the family they'll feel very special. The dessert is made, of course, with real lemons and oranges, but what really makes it stand out is its use of Grand Marnier. The addition of lemon rind and sugar makes it a fabulous option for the family.

Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake

This is one of the tastiest holiday desserts on the list! Filled with gooey caramel and sweet and crunchy pecans, you and your family will fall in love with this cheesecake. The preparation time for this dessert is about 45 minutes and the actual baking time is 30 minutes, so you need to set aside at most an hour and a half to make sure it turns out right. But trust me, it's worth the time. The full list of ingredients include caramel squares, evaporated milk, chopped pecans, cream cheese, sour cream, milk, and chocolate pudding in a chocolate pie crust, which means the children will be all over it - and so will you.

Caterpillar Cake

This is another fun option to add to your list of holiday desserts. Your children will have a ball working with you to create this fun cake. You start by getting 12 snowball cupcakes for the caterpillar parts and red or black string licorice with gumdrops for decoration. Arrange the 12 cupcakes on a baking sheet then attach the licorice as legs and the gumdrops as eyes, then bake until done - very easy and fun!

Carnation Famous Fudge

I know you're thinking, "How dare you bring us another chocolate recipe?" But you have to admit, chocolate is a staple of holiday desserts (and if it isn't, who cares?). The cool thing about this dessert is that it can be made by using items in your kitchen such as Carnation evaporated milk (hence the name of the recipe), Nestle chocolate chips, margarine, and marshmallows - you can also add butterscotch and other fun tidbits to give it that extra flair. But the best part of this dessert is the guarantee that if you didn't shock and amaze your family with the other holiday desserts on the list, you will with this great fudge treat!

There are tons of other holiday desserts that can tickle your fancy, and I suggest you search and search until you find the right ones! But hopefully one of the treats will make your mouth water enough to consider making it for your family. When the time to cook rolls around, you will already have so many aspects of the meal to worry about, that being able to remove holiday desserts off of your list of concerns is a welcome surprise. And it's possible that when you taste one of the very tasty treats above you won't want to go back your lemon meringue pie and pound cake. Give one or more of these great desserts a try - I'm sure you and your family will not regret it.

Fun Holiday Desserts You'll Love

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A Short History of Desserts

Sweet desserts have existed since the beginning of mankind. It is now enjoyed by people throughout the world in variety of flavors. In the past, only the affluent society folk could afford it while the ordinary people could only enjoy it on special occasions. Advancement of sugar production allowed its more extensive spread and at much more affordable prices to customers. People enjoyed desserts worldwide because of the increased supply of sugar.

Desserts are thought to have originated from a custom to remove the aftertaste of a meal with a sweet taste as they leave the mouth with a sweet flavor. The name confection is derived from a French word 'desservir' which means to clear the table. Thousands of dessert varieties exist today. Ice cream, cakes and pies are some of the popular desserts that have been present around since ancient times.


The origin of ice cream dates back around the 4th century BC, the Roman emperor Nero had ordered his followers to gather ice and add fruit toppings for his dessert. A Chinese king named Tang developed an early form of ice cream by combination of milk and ice. Ice cream was brought back by traders to Europe. Ice cream continued to evolve during history and recipes were soon developed for serving the French and Italian aristocracy.

A Short History of Desserts

Ice cream was introduced in America in 1700s. Many states offered ice cream as a dessert. It was served to guests by distinguished figures like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Dolly Madison. A caterer from London advertised in a New York paper in 1774 announcing his intentions to sell ice cream in his stores.

The word 'cake' is derived from an old word 'kaka'. The first use of word 'cake' was documented by the Oxford English Dictionary in the 13th century. Cakes eaten in ancient times were very different than today. Early cakes resembled with bread and honey and flavored with dried fruit and nuts. Early Egyptians were the first who used advanced methods in baking. Medieval Europe baked gingerbreads and fruitcakes as desserts. Advancements in baking and availability of cooking ingredients helped in the development of cakes. Round cakes with icing resembling with today's cakes were introduced in the mid 17th century. Modern cakes with baking powder and white flour were used for the first time in the 19th century.

Pies originated as dessert in Neolithic Period in 9500 BC. They were known as galettes which contained honey and different grains, it was baked on hot coals. The origin of pastry was an addition of bakers fruit, honey and nuts for serving the pharaoh. Drawings relating to this practice are decorated on the tomb of King Ramses II. Changes often occurred in the making of pie because of different ingredients and conditions.

Pie recipes were brought by Pilgrim women to America which was used by the Native Americans. A tradition of using round pans for pies were started was started by colonial women. Pies became a part of American culture in the 1700s as it was served as desert by pioneer women. Apple pie became a popular evening dessert for the American children.

A Short History of Desserts

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Christmas Desserts - Make Them With Splenda!

Before we begin "dishing" out some Christmas dessert recipes, let us talk about Splenda.

What is Splenda?
Splenda is a sugar substitute. It gained popularity in 1998 when the United States Food and Drug Administration approved it for use in commercially prepared baking products. Sixty other countries have followed the initiative of the American FDA.


Rose Reisman, who wrote Secrets for Permanent Weight Loss (Whitecap Books, 2005) describes Splenda as a better choice sweetener. It contains sucralose which is the only sweetener made from sugar and the only sweetener that is not associated with health problems. It is not digested as a carbohydrate, so diabetics need not worry about experiencing a surge of insulin levels.
People who have used Splenda say that one advantage it has over other sweeteners is that it retains its sweet taste even when heated.

Christmas Desserts - Make Them With Splenda!

Christmas Desserts Using Splenda

You may come across recipes that don't say Splenda; instead they will say "sucralose." They're one and the same. Splenda is available in most stores and come in tiny, yellow packets.

Recipe # 1: On a cold Christmas Eve morning, what better way to wake up sleepy heads with the aromatic smell of Pear Muffins coming straight from the oven?

Pear Muffins

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: yields 12 muffins
Canola oil
2 cups self-rising flour
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup sucralose
2/3 cup skim or low fat milk
2 eggs
2 ripe pears
Peel and mash the pears and set aside.

Prepare your muffin pan by greasing them with canola oil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine self-rising flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the sucralose. In a separate bowl, blend together milk, oil and eggs. Combine this mixture with the flour mixture. Add the mashed pears. Blend all ingredients well. Spoon the batter into 12 individual muffin holes.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

These muffins can be stored at room temperature and eaten the next day, but they are best eaten the same day!

Recipe # 2: Who doesn't love New York-style Cheesecake? It is such a popular dessert that food stores and supermarkets now sell it frozen, but why spoil the spirit of Christmas by serving frozen food? Make this recipe and turn it into a labor of love. The children, grandchildren, cousins and uncles will love you for this New York-style cheesecake made from scratch!

New York-Style Cheesecake

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 12 individual servings (recipe is not for a whole cheese cake)
1-3/4 cups Ricotta cheese
3 oz light or low-fat cream cheese
½ cup sour cream
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
2/3 cup Splenda
3 tsbp lemon juice (preferably fresh)
3 tbsp all purpose flour

For garnish: your favorite berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries) and icing sugar.

Line your muffin pan with muffin paper cups. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Soften the cream cheese and combine with the ricotta cheese in a food processor. Add the sour cream, egg, vanilla, lemon juice (and zest), flour and Splenda. Make sure mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into individual muffin holes.

Put the muffin tin in a larger pan containing hot water. The hot water must come up to 1/3 or halfway up the sides of the muffin tray. Put in oven and bake for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, take out the muffin tray from the larger tray. Set aside and let cool. Refrigerate for an hour or two. Top with garnish before serving. You can use the berries as they are, or you can mash them so they cover the top and glide on the side.

Recipe # 3: Spent the whole day in the mall for Boxing Day specials and forgot about dessert tonight? Here is a recipe for a chocolate cake. Most of the ingredients are probably already in your cupboard so no need to dash out again.

Simple & Quick Chocolate Cake

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6
1-1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sucralose
Pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp hot chocolate powder mix (any hot chocolate mix will do)
1 tbsp vinegar
8 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup water (or 1 cup skim milk, if you prefer)


Sift the flour, baking soda, sucralose, salt and hot chocolate powder together. Add the rest of the wet ingredients. Blend well. Pour into an 8 inch round baking pan. Bake at 350 degree F for 30 minutes. Let cool and serve with your favorite topping.

Note: Instead of icing, you can use English devonshire cream. Spoon a few tablespoons into the dessert platter, enough for a slice of cake to sit on. Also, if you have left over slivered almonds or crushed walnuts, you can throw them into the batter.

Christmas Desserts - Make Them With Splenda!

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Chinese Desserts

Chinese Desserts are not the same as the American or European desserts which are served separately after a meal. They consist of sweet dishes which are eaten with tea as a snack or are served along with a meal. Owing to the long history of China and presence of numerous cultures, a wide variety of Chinese Desserts can be found in China.

A wide variety of ingredients that are used in the East Asian cuisine such as glutinous rice and sweet bean pastes are used in preparing these desserts. Candies or sweets which are called "tang" in Chinese are popular desserts which are usually prepared with honey, malt sugar and cane sugar. A famous Dessert from the Chinese cuisine is rice cake which is referred to as "guo" or "gao" in Chinese. Rice cakes are generally chewy and soft rice balls which are sweet in flavor. Rice cakes are sweet rice balls which are chewy and soft. Jellies collectively known as "ices" in Chinese are also eaten as desserts. Chinese jellies are generally fruit flavored gelatin products. Another popular Chinese Dessert is "tongsui" or "tiantang", as called in Cantonese, which are basically hot soups with a sweet flavor.


Wheat flour baked confections which are prepared by baking and are called "bing" in Chinese are also served as desserts in the Chinese cuisine. Though desserts forms an integral part of the Chinese cuisine, still Chinese cuisine is known for its spicy main course dishes rather than its desserts all over the world.

Chinese Desserts
Chinese Desserts

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Pound Cake - Ten Easy, Quick, Scrumptious Desserts Made With This Dessert Staple

If you have a pound cake on hand, you have the basic ingredient for easy, scrumptious desserts that can be ready in a matter of minutes. Why, you can even offer several dessert choices to your dinner party guests -- a sure fire way to impress even the most discriminating diner.

First make your cake using your favorite pound cake recipe. There are many tried and true combinations, but most recipes consist of pretty basic ingredients. If you are not a baker, you can always purchase one ready made, but homemade is always best.


Once you have baked and cooled your cake, you are now ready to serve up a variety of sweet temptations.

Pound Cake - Ten Easy, Quick, Scrumptious Desserts Made With This Dessert Staple

  1. For the chocolate lover, drizzle a slice of pound cake with your favorite chocolate syrup, pop in the microwave and heat about 30 seconds, or until the syrup is hot enough to melt ice cream. Remove from the oven, top with your preferred ice cream and enjoy. Nuts may be added if you wish.
  2. In this variation, an old, time-tested dessert is reinvented with pound cake. For a quick pineapple upside down treat, generously spread a slice of pound cake with softened butter. Top with a tablespoon (more or less) of dark brown sugar and sliced or crushed pineapple and a cherry. With the prepared cake in an oven proof container, place under the broiler of a conventional or toaster oven and heat until the sugar is bubbly and the pineapple slightly golden. Be sure to keep a diligent eye on the heating process to prevent burning. Remove from the heat and immediately top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  3. If you prefer a fruit-based dessert, try these cobbler type variations. Purchase your favorite fruit pie filling (blueberry, apple, cherry). In a saucepan or microwave, heat the pie filling to a very warm temperature. Top a slice of pound cake with the warm filling and finish with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. Nuts or crushed crispy cereals may be added for extra flavor and texture.
  4. One of the easiest pound cake-based desserts is strawberry shortcake, although there is nothing "short" about this cake! Top a slice of pound cake with fresh, sweetened strawberries or sweetened whole frozen strawberries. Add extra strawberry syrup to soak into the cake for a more lucious result. Top the strawberries with Cool Whip, whipped cream, or ice cream.
  5. If you love the taste of Snickers bars, try this. Over the pound cake slice, pour caramel topping, add chocolate chips and chopped salted peanuts. Heat in the microwave until warm. Chocolate chips should be soft, but not completely melted. Serve with or without an ice cream or whipped cream topping.
  6. Everyone loves peanut butter and jelly. Mix together your favorite jelly and peanut butter. Spread to desired thickness on cake slice. Warm in the microwave and top with ice cream or whipped cream.
  7. For another peanut butter treat, try the Reeses spin on pound cake. Combine your favorite peanut butter with chocolate chips and follow the directions above for the Snickers treat.
  8. Coconut lovers will love this one. Mix equal amounts of Eagle Brand milk with cream of coconut. Warm pound cake in microwave. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of Eagle brand milk and cream of coconut over warmed cake slice. Let cool. Cover with Cool Whip and shredded coconut and refrigerate. Best if made a day ahead.
  9. An elegant chocolate trifle always adds a crowning touch to a meal. For this dessert, prepare two 3-ounce boxes of chocolate instant pudding according to package directions. In a trifle bowl, layer medium chunks of pound cake, pudding, crumbled Heath or Butterfinger candy bars, and Cool Whip until all pudding is used (about 3 layers). Finish with Cool Whip and chocolate curls (if desired). Refrigerate until time to serve.
  10. And lastly, try the easiest one of all. Serve a slice of pound cake with purchased or homemade ice cream...always a crowd pleaser!

Pound Cake - Ten Easy, Quick, Scrumptious Desserts Made With This Dessert Staple