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.
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
This New York-style cheesecake is rich and decadent -- perfect for entertaining. An added bonus is that it can be made up to several days in advance. Serve with strawberries and whipped cream and wow your guests!
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