The Insanely Easy 15-Minute Dessert to Try This Holiday Season

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

When it comes to dessert, I’m a bit of a traditionalist (i.e. I don’t want bacon in my cookies, thank you very much), and what’s more traditional this time of a year than an apple pie? While I could attempt a low-fat or gluten-free pie crust to impress you, I’m sure I’d be hard-pressed to come up with a recipe that tastes as good as the real deal, and that just doesn’t work for me.

So in the vein of my crust-less pumpkin pie from last month, I decided that the most sensible route would be to forge on with the elemental ingredients; after all, the velvety smooth, sweet and tender filling in an apple pie is the best part. Agreed?

This dessert is quick and easy enough for a weekday after-school snack but elegant enough for company. Experiment with different spices or purchase some cinnamon gelato to really up the ante. Best part? You’re just 15 minutes away from this new, lightened up classic.

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Make: Gluten-Free Molasses Spice Mini Pumpkin Pies

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

You can put pumpkin in just about anything, but for me the classic pumpkin pie reigns supreme. While pumpkin pie is naturally packed with fiber, vitamin K and vitamin A (thank you, pumpkin!), the crust has always been a head-scratcher for me. I mean, when it comes to pie, there’s just no way around a buttery, fat-filled crust—or is there?

My latest creation was a revelation, you guys. I simply removed the crust all together, put my pies in ramekins, and topped them with a dollop of whipped cream. The outcome—a crustless, gluten-free mini pie—actually presents more elegantly than the regular kind, and no one will think you’re serving a “healthy” dessert. That can be our little secret.

If you’re hosting the Thanksgiving this year, feel free to make these up a day ahead (I like my pumpkin pie chilled). If not, offer to bring dessert. You’ll happily and guiltlessly nosh while accepting praise from your adoring public.

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Happy Birthday to Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

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Kermit’s Bake Shoppe turns one  today. And from now until Friday, July 25th, the first twenty people a day who recite, in their best Lady Gaga voice, the words “pink polka dot” will get a free Funfetti cupcake.

Also, over the course of the week, twenty-five customers will receive a pink polka dot inside their to-go boxes, redeemable for a gift certificate.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe [Foobooz]

The 806 Experiment: A Collaborative Business Model For Peddler Coffee and Koliyan

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Fresh on the heels of the news that one Philly food collaboration is changing gears, another one is just gearing up. In a little storefront at 806 South 6th Street, where East Passyunk hits Catharine, Peddler Coffee and Koliyan Cambodian Desserts have opened up shop. Though early rumors labeled the space a coffee shop, and though there is frequently cold brew and coffee beans available for sale (through online pre-order), the space is resolutely more collaborative than that.

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THE SCOOP: Is Big Gay Ice Cream Coming to Philly? [UPDATED]

UPDATE [6-11-2014, 9:24 a.m.]: Our suspicions were true. Big Gay Ice Cream announced that it is, in fact, coming to Philadelphia. Look out for the shop to open late-summer at South and Broad streets.

Screen shot 2014-06-10 at 11.38.11 AMWe have it on very good authority that the acclaimed Big Gay Ice Cream, New York’s uber-queer frozen treat confectionary, is coming to Philadelphia, and we’re quite excited!

The news will be made official this evening at the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event. If it is true, Philadelphians can look forward to indulging in some of the shop’s famous treats, including the Bea Arthur (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, and crushed ‘nilla wafers), the Cococone (vanilla ice cream and toasted curried coconut), and the Salty Pimp (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip, and a side of giggles.)

If your mouth’s watering, check out the CNN feature on the store’s founder, Douglas Quint, after the jump.  We will keep you updated on further details as they emerge.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Gluten-Free Desserts Edition

Cookie Sandwiches at Sweet Freedom Bakery // Photo via Facebook

Cookie Sandwiches at Sweet Freedom Bakery // Photo via Facebook

The search for a good gluten-free dessert is a long-game challenge—and a daunting one at that. After all, it takes an especially accomplished baker to master a flourless dessert that actually tastes good, and finding them can be few and far in between. So if your love of sweets has been squashed by slices of underwhelming, too-dense gluten-free cake, we feel your pain.

But hopefully, after reading this, your search for a delicious gluten-free dessert will finally be over: We asked six local foodies to dish on their favorite, no-fail, gluten-free dessert spots in the city. Now all you’ve got to do is read up, wipe your drool and put eating these desserts on your to-do list. Bon appétit!

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Gluten-Free Bakery Sweet Christine’s Opens May 17th

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Gluten-free dessert-lovers rejoice: Sweet Christine’s Bakery of Kennett Square has moved to a bigger and better location, and in celebration of the opening, they are throwing a party next Saturday. Party-goers can expect live music, discounts on goodies and, of course, tons of sweet gluten-free treats to taste test. (But trust us, these treats are totally delicious: here’s proof.)

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Make: The Low-Cal, Four-Ingredient Dessert You’ll Absolutely Love

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

Guys, I’m not going to lie: Baking can be hard. It’s like one big chemistry experiment that can go horribly awry if you mis-measure an ingredient by just thiiiis much. It’s why I get phone calls from my friends all the time, who ask me why their cookies got so thin, why their bread didn’t rise, why their cake was dry. And etc.

So today I’m going to introduce you to a dessert that you seriously couldn’t screw up if you tried. Here’s what it involves: melting chocolate, spreading it on a sheet, and topping it with whatever you want. Easy as pie (except this recipe is actually easy, whereas pie is not). What I’m talking about is bark, thin chocolate bites you can customize to your liking. And it’s totally diet-friendly, too: The thinner you spread it, the fewer calories you’ll take in. This is a treat that I can, with complete sincerity, describe as healthy.

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Vanilya Bakery Opens on East Passyunk

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Townsend isn’t the only spot on East Passyunk throwing open its doors today. Vanilya Bakery is also welcoming customers for the first time on this fine Friday. The bakery is owned by pastry chef Bonnie Sarana Noll. She will be putting out an assortment of cookies, cheesecake, flourless cake, panna cotta, tiramisu and more. Vanilya, which is Turkish for vanilla and named for Noll’s favorite ingredient also offers wedding cakes.

The retail store is open Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments are also available.

Vanilya Bakery [Official]

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