Ready your oven mitts and bust out the baking tools: from classic kugelhopf to a frozen mocha dacquoise cake, our hardest dessert recipes don't come easy. Matt Taylor-Gross
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These French pastries are the real deal: crunchy and caramelized to a deep mahogany brown on the outside, moist and custardy within, and deeply perfumed with dark rum and vanilla bean. Get the recipe for Canelés de Bordeaux
Pastry chef Christine Ferber’s not-too-sweet kugelhopf, an Alsatian cake baked in a distinctive ring mold, has just a few choice raisins per slice. Enjoy with a sweet Alsatian wine, like gewürztraminer or muscat.
At New York’s Milk Bar, Christina Tosi makes this towering cake every spring, when sweet and tiny tristar strawberries are in season. This is by no means an everyday cake, but it’s worth the work that you’ll put in, and worthy of a special occasion. Get the recipe for Strawberry Lemon Cake »
These sandwich cookies, adapted from chef Frederico Ribeiro of New York’s Te Company, are an homage to the classic Taiwanese pineapple cake. Here a super-buttery vanilla bean shortbread gets a nutty dose of hazelnut flour, and sweet pineapple-rosemary jam gets balanced by the spicy, fermented, and grassy flavor of Japanese yuzu kosho paste. Get the recipe for Pineapple Tea Cookies »
Looking for the best bûche de noël recipe? We’ve got an easy recipe for this French Christmas dessert that never fails to inspire joy during the holidays. Get the recipe for Bûche de Noël (Yule Log) Recipe
Literally named “crunch in the mouth,” croquembouche is an edible monument of caramelized pastry.