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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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Italian Meringue, toastable marshmallowy goodness

Italian meringue is easily my favorite meringue. It’s glossy and marshmallowy and incredibly versatile. Unlike basic French meringue, which involves simply whipping egg whites and sugar together and must later be cooked to be safe for eating (which is great in things like a pavlova), Italian meringue is cooked in the process of making it. …

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Cranberry Curd Tart, a garnet-hued delight

Cranberries are the under-appreciated fruit of fall and winter. They’re often relegated to a sad cylinder of canned cranberry sauce at the edge of the Thanksgiving table, an afterthought to the apples and pumpkins taking up the dessert space. Which is a shame, because when strategically deployed, cranberry desserts not only bring a welcome burst …

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