Desserts

Chocolate Hedgehog

A hedgehog is a chocolate-based, no-bake 'cake', or slice that usually uses plain sweet biscuits (cookies) such as shortbread. It often has nuts as well. I've gone for a minimalist chocolate extravaganza but feel free to add nuts if you like.

Machine-Free Honey Ice Cream with Sliced Peaches

"If you've always been a bit disappointed by icy semifreddo and other machine-free frozen desserts, I feel your pain. But trust me - even after sitting in the freezer for 24 hours, this baby is creamy, soft, and seriously good - not an icicle in sight. Delicious as a dessert or on its own, it would also be brilliant in all those places that ice cream works so well. Yum. The only thing is that it is quite strongly honey-flavored, which is great in most cases, but could be a little overpowering as an accompaniment to something like passionfruit souffle." -Jules Clancy

Lemon Basil Shortbread Cookies

These cookies with a trace of lemony-flavored basil are perfect for tea parties and special gifts. Garnish a platter of them with fresh basil sprigs, unless you’d like to keep your guests guessing about the secret ingredient.

Avocado Ice Cream

“Most people have had avocado in a salty and/or spicy format, or at least as an accompaniment to something that is not primarily sweet. If you like avocado, however, you will really enjoy this ice cream. Its natural oil gives the ice cream a very smooth and silk mouth feel, and the lime juice heightens its flavor. Although it may taste too sweet before freezing in the ice cream maker, it will be just right when it’s done.” –Fany Gerson, author of My Sweet Mexico

Grandmother’s Sour Cream Orange Pound Cake

“PastureLand's Chef Bret’s ‘Grandmother’s Sour Cream Orange Poundcake’ is too good to resist, and we could not keep from nibbling before it cooled! The warm, sweet and orangey aroma filled the kitchen, attracting the neighbors (we had the window open on one of the first warm days).”– PastureLand Co-op

Chai-Spiced Crumb Coffee Cake

Cinnamon is the standard spice for topping a crumb coffee cake. This coffee cake keeps the crumb topping and spices it up a little more by using some of the same flavors that are found in chai, including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and allspice. These spices really help to make the coffee cake memorable - and they also make you want to come back for a second slice. - Helen Dujardin

Heavenly (Healthy) Macaroons

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition has a wealth of healthy and delicious recipes- check out their website!

Homemade Applesauce

Kids of all ages love applesauce! Serve it as a snack or for dessert; dollop it on potato pancakes or buttermilk pancakes. Increase the quantities and freeze the extra.

Parsnip Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

Hold the phone- a PARSNIP cake?  Like its friend the beet chocolate cake, this parsnip cake is a fun and entirely unexpected way to use fall veggies in your dessert course. With the sweet yet lemony frosting, it’s a hit! A big shout out to Punky Egan, from MATC for developing this recipe and contributing it to MACSAC’s cookbook!

Sherbet

A wonderful cooling dessert recipe that can make use of whatever delectable local fruit is around. Experiment, go wild and enjoy this Eat Local Challenge friendly dessert!

Berry Oatmeal Scones

Definitely dessert, but a healthful choice. Wholesome oatmeal, whole-wheat flour and a medley of dried berries will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Grilled Peaches with Honey and Mint

Grilled white peach halves, allowed to get warm and crisp on the outside, will absolutely melt in your mouth once drizzled with honey and adorned with fresh mint.

Papaya Puree

This pudding-like papaya puree is an unusual dessert that will surely cause quite a stir! Slightly sweet, slightly salty, very thick and creamy.

Rhubarb Bread

Sweet spring time bread with the zingy flavor of rhubarb and the sweetness of brown sugar.

Sesame Honey Candy (Pasteli)

Sesame honey candy, or pasteli, is a traditional Greek confection which combines the simplest of ingredients to create a wholesome, natural treat featuring three simple ingredients: sesame seeds, honey and unrefined sea salt.

Orange Glaze

The perfect topping for a Greek Orange Yogurt Cake!

Baked Apples

Sweet and comforting fall food. Perfect for days filled with crisp leaf piles and pumpkin patches, when Wisconsin trees seem to burst into flame in front of our very eyes, rendering us unable to do anything but gaze up in quiet awe at our world, suddenly ablaze.