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As I mentioned back in December, I’ve been on the hunt for the best, smartest, most dependable and life-brightening dessert recipes for Genius Desserts, a happy new spinoff of the Genius Recipes cookbook. After about 9 months of testing and about 900 pounds of butter, I’m getting close to wrapping up my Table of Contents and writing the unruly thing—but there are a few white whales that I haven’t found yet, and I would love your help.
For the record, I might still be hunting for these either because I haven’t found the right recipe yet, or because I’m torn between a few options and hoping for a tiebreaker, or for any number of other reasons (there are only so many Dorie Greenspan recipes you can put in a cookbook and not have it be a Dorie Greenspan cookbook, right?)—so if you’ve recommended any of these before, they may still be in the mix! Please take a peek at the list below and if any recipes spring to mind, let me know in the comments or at [email protected]. (By the way, if you're wondering what might qualify as a genius dessert, I posed five simple questions here.)
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Genius Desserts I'm Still Hunting
- Lemon bars
- Bread pudding
- A meringue cake, maybe layered with whipped cream or curd or the like
- A really easy, last-minute flaky pie crust using oil or melted butter (I just heard about one from a caller on the Leonard Lopate show, so I know they exist!)
- Pandowdies or other rustic fruity desserts with delightful names (that aren’t cobblers)
- Caramels, chocolate fudge, or other candies that, ideally, don’t require a candy thermometer
- Could there be a genius Rice Krispie treat?
- Something with bananas—my husband Mike would appreciate that it be banana pudding, but I’m open to other options
- Something with cherries
- Upside-down cake
- Sandwich cookies
- Pots de creme or similar
- Panna cotta—maybe made with agar? I hear these might be lighter than those made with gelatin.
- It’s not on this list and defies categorization, but is an outrageously genius dessert you must tell me about. Bring it on.
- Are you looking for a genius version of something? Maybe we can help you out, too.