Friends, family, and food: If you ask us, these are the hallmarks of the holidays
. Whether you're hosting loved ones at home or have been tasked with bringing dessert to your in-laws, how you end your meal matters... which means picking up a pre-made cake from the grocery store simply won't cut it.
So, that leaves you with two options: Pay an arm and a leg for a confection from a professional pastry chef, or whip up something yourself. And while baking does come with its own set of complexities, with the right recipe—aka, one you can actually pull off—you can flex your festive culinary chops and impress the hell out of fellow party-goers.
Spiced, poached pears radiate elegance, while an orange-cranberry tart is always a crowd pleaser. And vegan guests will go wild for a decadent chocolate cake that might even convince skeptics that butter doesn't always make everything better.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding... but in this case, it’s also in the cake, cobbler, and cannolis.
So, without further ado, ahead are 11 elegant desserts that will wow on Christmas. And did we happen to mention that they all taste as good as they look?Malabi with Salted Rosemary Caramel
If you haven’t heard of malabi, you’re seriously missing out. This seasonal riff on traditional Middle Eastern milk pudding is scented with rosewater and topped with rosemary-infused salted caramel, pomegranate arils, and slivered almonds.Get the recipe on What Jew Wanna Eat.