My sister-in-law used to make a pecan and chocolate torte/confection that was her special occasion dessert, and which she would bring to dinner at our house. My dad was as fond of chocolate as the next man (well, maybe not quite as much as the next man, pace Monty Python) and would always say the above, usually (but not always, not being a man of great tact) after my SIL left.
I love chocolate candy but it's not my favourite flavor in desserts or baked goods either. I'd far rather have something nutty (preferably almond, but any other nut will do), fruity (preferably stone fruits or citrus/lemon), caramel, or vanilla. I can go for a nice piece of good ole plain chocolate cake once in a while, but very seldom if ever order chocolate desserts when I'm out.
Japanese cheesecake (or others), madeleines, macarons, brutti ma buoni, lemon tart/meringue pie/squares, cherry or raspberry pie...all of those ring my chimes much more than chocolate "decadence"-style things.
Am I alone in this? What recipes do you turn to when the urge for something sweet but not chocolate hits?
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