Clouds of Whipped Cream Elevate These Desserts
This wouldn't be the first time we've sung the praises of heavy cream and its many superpowers when it comes to transforming dishes savory and sweet. But without a doubt, its ability to aerate into a fluffy, rich cloud and make our favorite desserts more beautiful and more delicious is cream's greatest talent. No pre-whipped version can hold a candle to the results of whipping it yourself by hand or a machine, or even in a jar flavoring them. These delicious ideas use whipped cream to take a dessert over the top. Matt Taylor-Gross
The oldest and most popular dessert at San Francisco’s legendary Zuni Café, this gluten-free chocolate cake boasts a fine, tender crumb and bold chocolate flavor.
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Retro and mousse-like, lemon chiffon pie is a diner classic. Just don’t call it meringue. Get the recipe for
Lemon Chiffon Pie
This sweet pudding-like dessert from
Sickles Market in Little Silver, New Jersey, gained popularity in the United Kingdom during the 17th century. You can discard the solids after straining the berries, but we love eating them on top of it along with freshly whipped cream.
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Frozen Hot Chocolate with Cacao Nib Cream
A decadent mix of chocolates and ginger ups the ante on a classic Southern pie.
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Norwegian Wafer Cookies (Krumkakes)
This nearly forgotten recipe comes to us from the beloved Ships Diner in Los Angeles that closed in 1995. The whipped cream filling doesn’t require any cooking—no custard here—while some slices of banana and toasted almond add texture and flavor. A fast, easy-to-make pie from a bygone era that deserves a comeback.
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This pudding takes the best part of a traditional
mont blanc—the chestnuts—and dispenses with the fussy meringue, so you can enjoy chestnuts in all their toasty glory, with no distractions. Get the recipe for Chestnut Pudding with Nutmeg Whipped Cream »
This curious dessert hails from Boston.
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My mom, Ellendean, would occasionally surprise me with this creamy chocolate pie when I came home from school, then watch as I devoured a quarter of it while watching “M*A*S*H” reruns.
—Keith Pandolfi Get the recipe for Chocolate Pudding Pie »
Ground almonds add body and flavor to this creamy Swedish cheesecake, topped with clouds of whipped cream and ripe strawberries macerated with fresh mint.
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Browned butter accentuates the flavor of earthy walnuts and a sour cream topping offsets the richness of the filling for a balanced, delectable dessert.
A crunchy crust and pudding-like filling make this chocolate cream pie a standout.
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