Calling all caramel and chocolate lovers out there! This one is for you. The Dulce de leche is not only inside the brownie-- it is swirled on top too. These can also be cut into bite-size pieces, stacked on a cake stand and added to a dessert buffet. Perfect for a party.
This rich yet simple chocolate cake gets a little kick from a touch of smoked Spanish paprika and espelette. Espelette is a smoky chile powder from France. If you don't have any of this in your cabinet, an equal amount of cayenne pepper will work just fine. This was created by the pastry chef at E2 Emeril's Eatery in Charlotte, N.C.
Decadent and delicious and might just become your go-to dessert. The recipe may seem complicated, but think of it this way. You'll have four bowls for four components that you combine in the end. Melted chocolate, sugar and yolks, meringue, and finally whipped cream. Of course you'll want extra whipped cream for topping and plenty of shaved chocolate.
Total Time: 1 hour plus 2 hours and up to overnight for chilling
Yield: Enough mousse for one 9-inch 4-layer cake; serves 4 to 6 in dessert cups
Fans of Lagasse's Stadium will be familiar with New York-style Cheesecake. It is rich and decadent -- perfect for entertaining. What's more is that this version is chocolate, all the better to wow your guests. And an added bonus is that it can be made up to several days in advance.
If you're a pecan pie lover, you're gonna flip for these pecan bars. But be forewarned: these are rich, so cut them into small squares. Wrap individually in plastic wrap for lunch box or picnic treats!
Yield: Sixteen 2 1/4-inch squares, serving 12 to 16