Hot Dessert Recipes How-Tos

How To: Make homemade ice cream with an ice cream maker

Now that summer is swiftly approaching, it's time to start wrapping your mind around that most enjoyable of summertime treats: Ice cream. While you can certainly go to the store and purchase bulk packages of rocky road, store-bought ice cream is full of gnarly-sounding ingredients that sound more like a chemical found in a mad scientist's lab than actual food (xanthan gum, anyone?).

How To: Make a quick & easy peanut butter fudge

In this video, we learn how to make a quick & easy peanut butter fudge. To make this, you will need: stick of butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 2/3 c cocoa, 4.5 c powdered sugar, and 1 c creamy peanut butter. First, melt the butter on medium in a pan and then add the vanilla in the pan. From here, stir in the cocoa and mix well. After this, stir in the sugar until everything is dissolved and well mixed together. Keep it over medium-high heat during this process. next, keep stirring while you add in the ...

How To: Make "dirt farmer" fudge

In this tutorial, we learn how to make "dirt farmer" fudge. Ingredients include: 6 c sugar, 1 1/3 c cocoa, 1/4 tsp salt, 3 c milk, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 stick butter, and peanut butter (optional). Now, grab a big saucepan and add in your cocoa, salt, and sugar. Mix the dry ingredients together really well, then add in the milk and put on the stove over medium heat. Stir constantly until it comes to a bubbling boil. From here, quit stirring and let it cook down a little bit. After this, add in the ...

How To: Make your own chocolate truffles

In this tutorial, we learn how to make your own chocolate truffles. Start with 1.5 c of creme fraiche, which is a thick and heavy cream. Cook this in a saucepan, stirring constantly until it's melted into a liquid. Place the top on the pan while measuring out chocolate. Now, add your creme fraiche to the chocolate, then mix with a spatula until the chocolate is completely melted. Cool this by leaving it in the room overnight. Then, roll the chocolate into small balls and place on a baking tra...

How To: Make homemade low-fat chocolate pudding from scratch

Looking to make chocolate pudding from scratch? With the right ingredients and proper technique, it's easier than you'd think. So easy, in fact, that this free video cooking lesson can present a complete overview of the cooking process in about seven minutes. For more information, including the full recipe, and to get started making your own homemade low-fat chocolate pudding, watch this video guide.

How To: Use squeeze bottles to decorate cookies

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use squeeze bottles to decorate cookies. Using a squeeze bottle is more easier than using pastry bag. This video reveals 3 sizes of squeeze bottles. There is an 8 oz, 2 oz and 3 oz. To get icing into a squeeze bottle, put the icing into a bag and clip the corner with scissors. Then gently squeeze the bag to let the icing go into the bottle. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy baking and making cakes, and would like to learn how to use a...

How To: Make chocolate truffles with peanut butter ganache

In this video, Cedric Begiun shows us how to make peanute butter truffle ganache. First, put cream and powdered sugar into a sauce pan and simmer it. Once it comes to a simmer you will pour peanut butter chips into it. Next, mix this together with a whisk or spatula. A whisk will cool the mixture down faster because it creates air bubbles. After a few minutes let it harden for a few minutes and you can place it inside of your chocolate truffles. Let this set in the fridge for several hours an...

How To: Decorate a cupcake with icing

In this video, Karen shows us how to decorate cupcakes in different ways. You can use McCormick frosting in a bowl, add neon green food coloring and mix this together. Put some frosting on the cupcake and smooth it out onto the cupcake. Another great thing is to put frosting into a small plastic sandwich bag, cut the corner of the bag and you now have your own icing bag! You can use this to make any design you'd like on your cupcakes. Make the clip on the corner bigger or smaller, depending o...

How To: Make a yummy Boston cream pie

This video shows you how to make a yummy Boston cream pie. This video focuses on the pastry cream and the icing. The ingredients are 3 eggs, 1/4 of a cup of sugar, 1/4 of a cup of corn starch and whisk in a large bowl until it's fluffy and a lemon color. Put in a medium size pot 1 cup of cream, 1/2 of a cup of milk, and 1 tablespoon of butter. Bring it to a boil. Turn the heat to low and pour your egg mixture into the pan with the cream mixture. Whisk and cook for 1 minute. Turn off and strai...

How To: Bake a chocolate pecan pie with the Neely's

Pat and Gina bake a chocolate pecan pie that his brother Tony dreamed up. Follow along and learn how to make this ultra sweet and nutty dessert. This cooking how-to video is part of Down Home With the Neelys show hosted by Gina Neely. Pat and Gina Neely and their family own and operate some of Tennessee's best - and devilishly delicious - barbecue restaurants. But when they are relaxing at home in Memphis, they love to create tasty dishes their whole family can enjoy. Now they're ready to sha...

How To: Make a popcorn cake

This dessert recipe for popcorn cake shown in this how-to video is simple enough for kids to make. You will need half a cup of un-popped popcorn, a dash of salt, four cups marshmallows, half a cup of margarine, and two thirds cup of candy-coated chocolates. Popcorn cakes are delicious and perfect for a school snack or lunchtime dessert. Join Chef Ralph Pallarino as he shows you how to make the tasty treat in this video cooking tutorial. Make a popcorn cake.

How To: Bake palmiers with puff pastry

Palmiers are one of the world's most-loved pastries. They are a combination of puff pastry and caramelized sugar that creates a deliciously simple and flavorful cookie—especially served warm and right out of the oven! Watch this how to video to learn how to bake palmier cookies. Palmiers are also known as elephant's ears or a butterfly, either way they are delicious.

How To: Make a Filipino-style custard cake

In this episode of Panlasang Pinoy, we are taken through the steps of how to make custard cake. The episode provides a shopping list of ingredients that are easy to find at any grocery store. Each step of the baking process is covered from mixing the ingredients and preparing the 9x13 pan to baking the cake. For an easy to follow recipe and guide to making fresh Filipino-style custard cake, follow the steps in this video.

How To: Make delicious soft, sugar coated strawberry jelly candies

This video shows you the French technique of Pate de Fruit to make candies so delicious, they look like little gems. For this recipe, you will need: 2 1/2 cups pureed strawberry, strained, 1/2 ounce pectin, 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons corn syrup, 1/8 teapson cream of tartar, water, nonstick cooking spray and one cup of sugar for the coating. Make delicious soft, sugar coated strawberry jelly candies.

How To: Make an edible Jell-O human brain for Halloween

Interested in making an edible Jell-O brain? With the right tools and proper ingredients, it's easier than you'd think. So easy, in fact, that this free video cooking lesson can present a complete overview of the process in about four minutes. For more information, including the full recipe, and to get started making your own hello brains, watch this video guide.

How To: Make strawberry pie

This instructional video demonstrates how to make a strawberry pie. She starts with a frozen pie shell. Let the pie crust thaw for about 10 minutes. To make it look homemade, pinch the fluted edges so they are not perfectly even. Next, poke holes all over the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork. Bake the plain pie crust in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. To prepare the filling, put 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water into a pan on the stove, mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a ...

How To: Make a Filipino dessert "Food for the Gods"

In this video from panlasangpinoy we learn how to make the Filipino dessert Food for the Gods. For this you need all purpose flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, dates, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, butter, eggs and salt. In a bowl put flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir this around a bit. Then in a bowl cream the butter using an electric mixer. Then add brown sugar and granulated sugar to the mix. Then add an egg in, mix that in. Then add the other bowl into this mix and...

How To: Make sevia kesari

Sevia kesari, an Indian vermicelli dessert (aka Sukhi Sevia or Eid ki Sevia) is just as delicious as it is easy to make. It is a wonderful twist and healthy alternative to Suji ka Halwa, which uses a lot more ghee. Sevia is a traditional sweet dish prepared in celebration of Eid.

How To: Make Your Own Twinkies and CupCakes (Now That Hostess Is Closed Down)

As a kid, I remember hearing the myth that Twinkies could last forever. The rumor was that they were made from chemical ingredients that caused the Twinkies to stay fresh and edible for years and years. Right along with the cockroach, Twinkies were supposed to be the only survivors of the nuclear holocaust that would destroy the entire world. As I got older, I realized the rumor wasn't true. Twinkies actually have a shelf life of just 25 days. And with the news that Hostess is going out of bu...

How To: Make a birthday cake in the shape of a purse

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a birthday cake in the shape of a purse. First, bake two round cakes and place them in the fridge. After this, cut off the edge of both the cakes that are the same size. Then, take some frosting and spread it onto the cake to adhere both together. Now, push the cakes together and have them stand up straight. Use the other pieces to make a mini cake and frost both cakes all over. Then, smooth out the frosting all over the surface. Now you can start to dec...

How To: Make a homemade banana cream pie

Bananas are the perfect fruit for anything, even pie. It's no wonder why banana cream pie is a favorite among dessert lovers. Fancy, intricate desserts can be pretty to look at, but rarely taste as good as a down-home classic. Pastry Chef Molly Hanson of Post 390 shares her secrets to the restaurant's best-selling dessert, the Banana Cream Pie. Start with a baked pie crust of your choice, then layer Molly's velvety vanilla pastry cream and sliced bananas. After the pie chills, top with pillow...