Best Damn Desserts 2014

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Gulab Jamun
Brij Mohan Indian Sweets and Restaurant

Finish a savory supper at this Sharonville sweet spot with one of their rich yet simple paneer (fresh cheese) pastries, pan-fried and soaked in milk, saffron, and cardamom.

 

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Colonial Cottage

The classic country flavors of chocolate and pecan taste almost genteel together, and the flaky, fork-tender crust (a closely guarded recipe, circa 1950) anchors the elegance. The perfect ending to a fried chicken feast.

 

Blood Orange Passion Fruit Sorbet
Orchids at Palm Court

Former Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant and confectionery queen Megan Ketover consistently churns out vivid new flavors from her Fifth Street kitchen. This bold and cold seasonal crowd-pleaser rarely rotates off the menu for long.

 

Butter Cake
Ruth’s Parkside Café

Take a buttery cookie crust, add a schmear of custard, and cook until set. This simple stunner is the cake-child of College Hill resident Kathy Robbing, known to many as The Flying Baker.

 

Apricot Crepes
Grand Finale

Cheesecakes, cobblers, and spiked coffees are just a few of the favorites at this Glendale institution. But the apricot crepes are the real star, with a warm puree ladled over delicate crepes filled with vanilla ice cream.

 

Chocolate Olive Oil Terrine
Boca
Chocolate desserts can dominate the palate, but this tasty terrine is a study in subtlety. A drizzle of olive oil highlights the natural fruity background of the dark chocolate and a scatter of pistachios adds salt and crunch.

Originally published in the March 2014 issue.
Photographs by Ryan Kurtz

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