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Sample recipes from The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts

Banana Cake

In my humble opinion, this is the best banana cake. Ever. Baby bananas, enjoyed throughout Southeast Asia, have a distinct flavor and te...

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Coconut “Twinkie” Cupcakes with Lemon Filling

I love the concept of Twinkies, but I can do without the artificial taste. So, I’ve put together two of my favorite flavors in a little ...

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Chocolate Cakes with Matcha Truffle Centers

You’ve probably had molten chocolate cake in your neighborhood restaurant, but this version has a green tea and white chocolate truffle ...

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Malted Chocolate Layer Cake

This cake has a winning triumvirate of flavors—chocolate, malt, and coffee. Asian bakers often combine these flavors in subtle, sophistic...

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Kabocha Squash Cheesecake with Walnut Crust

In November 2004, just a week before Thanksgiving, Melissa Clark featured this recipe in the New York Times. Shortly thereafter, a flood...

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone has a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and this is mine. The cooks at Spice Market loved it too. Whenever I made pretty pac...

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Chinese Almond Cookies

These are a staple in traditional Chinese-American restaurants. The store-bought ones tend to be hard and tasteless, but these are wonde...

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Chocolate Fortune Cookies

Jean-Georges Vongerichten wanted fortune cookies—good ones—for his Chinese restaurant 66. With no staff and only two days to go before t...

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Cream Puffs

Cream puffs were recently introduced in Asia and they have become a huge sensation. Bakery shops completely devoted to cream puffs (like ...

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Fruit Tart with Ginger Pastry Cream

Ginger is used in Asian desserts as frequently as vanilla is used in Western desserts—it’s as aromatic and flavorful, but far less expen...

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Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Roast Apple Filling

When I first tested these, I decided to make two batches—one baked, one fried. The fried batch was very good (what fried dough isn’t?), ...

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Banana Cream Pie

If I had to choose a favorite pie, it would be creamy, custardy banana cream pie. Here, fresh and candied ginger add a nice kick, balance...

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Chinese Puff Pastry

This is the easiest puff pastry recipe youll ever find. It requires no resting and can be used immediately after its made. Although thi...

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Peanut Turnovers

Flaky peanut cookies are a popular Chinese dessert, and puff pastry turnovers filled with savory curry or shredded turnips are a popular...

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Mango Pudding

If you're looking for a dessert that's quick to make and elegant, too, then this Mango Pudding recipe is one you'll want to see. This easy no-bake dessert recipe takes mango to the next level and results in a creamy and smooth treat. If you're planning to serve this pudding to a crowd, then you'll be pleased to see that you can make this pudding in advance of your event. Consider serving this dessert after a flavorful meal your taste buds will appreciate it! For a crowning touch, this easy no-bake dessert recipe is topped with Chantilly or evaporated milk, resulting in a wonderful after-dinner recipe that everyone will love.

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Spiced Chocolate Pudding with Caramel Crisped Rice Cereal

Forget what you know about chocolate pudding. Instead, imagine a softer, creamier version of a richly spiced handmade truffle. Then top t...

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Drunken Cherries with Orange Blossom Chenna

This simple dessert is based on the pairing of fresh milk cheese with three of my favorite flavors: cherries, orange blossom, and sake. ...

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Coconut-Palm Sugar Flan

Flan, a dessert frequently associated with Spain, is perhaps the one dessert found in every Asian country. Also known as creme caramel o...

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Honey-Glazed Walnuts

These walnuts are my father’s favorite snack. He likes to start his meals with them—even breakfast. These light, crunchy, candied, and s...

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Oranges with Orange Blossom Sabayon

When I developed this aromatic sabayon recipe, the restaurant I was working in did not yet have its gas lines turned on, so the stove wa...

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Sake-Sautéed Plums with Ginger and Star Anise

When plums are abundant, juicy, and ripe in the summer, this light dessert brings out the best in their tart sweetness. Easy to prepare ...

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Ginger-Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Here's an ice cream flavor that adults will love! This recipe for Ginger-Rum Raisin Ice Cream will be a sophisticated addition to your next game night or backyard barbecue with friends. You'll love the rich and creamy texture of the ice cream that is also loaded with a medley of flavors. Consider placing scoops of this ice cream in pretty serving bowls, or add some whimsy to your party by serving the frozen treat in cones. Although this ice cream is perfect for a party, you'll also appreciate having it on hand for a quiet night at home.

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