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Dinner party desserts

Banana Custard Tart with meringue & a chocolate crust

This banana custard tart is what I want banana cream pie to be. I like banana flavor, and I don’t mind banana texture when I’m just eating freshly peeled fruit or when it’s baked into banana bread, but the mushy and slightly fibrous texture buried under a layer of smooth pastry cream just doesn’t do …

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Strawberry Pavlova with Mezcal and Lime

Pavlova, as a dessert, is about as close as a person can get to eating a cloud. Or at least the fluffy, airy, impossibly light idea of a cloud. The pavlova is named for the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, and is a traditional dessert in Australia and New Zealand. This strawberry pavlova is a frilly, foamy …

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