Signature Desserts

Every chef has his or her special dessert recipes - often, an original variation on a classic theme. Your home career as a chef has got to include at least a few of these!

Pineapple Princess
Here's a non-cook dessert that's easy and elegant. On a platter, spread the following layers. First: 1 � cup ground vanilla or almond cookies drizzled with pineapple juice. Second: one stick creamed butter mixed with 1 cup confectioner's sugar and one beaten egg. Third: one cup whipped cream mixed with 1 � cups crushed canned pineapple. Top with � cup crushed cookies. Chill overnight and serve.

Coconut Cake
Blend 1 lb butter with 1 lb sugar until very fluffy. Add 5 beaten eggs, mixing after each addition. In a separate bowl combine 1 lb all-purpose flour, � grated fresh coconut, 2 teaspoons baking powder and the zest of one lime. Add the dry ingredients gradually to the sugar-egg mixture, beating well. Bake in 300 degree oven until golden brown and surface springs back when pressed lightly. Top with butter frosting and cover with more coconut.

Crepe Bar
This is fun and fool-proof. Use an electric frying pan to turn out the crepes and let your guests take it from there, with bowls of ice cream, sherbet, and mascarpone flavored with vanilla and sugar.

Toppings should include fresh fruit slices such as peach, pear, apple or mango, sauteed in butter and brown sugar. Add bowls of fresh berries and the final touches - caramel or chocolate sauce, whipped cream, cherries. We promise you rave reviews!

And Finally...
Most recipes take some practice and tweaking to be just right for you. Be sure to record any changes you've made or would like to make to a recipe the next time around. It's all part of your chef training.