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03/08 Savory Elements in Cookies and Desserts : Experiences?

opinionatedchef | Apr 6, 200809:17 PM

Over the past few years I have become more interested in savory elements in desserts. My interest started years ago when Jeremiah Tower explained to an audience how he had discovered that Basil really Complements Pears - when he peeled pears after handling some basil. My first savory dessert recipe has become a regular for me- Lemon Thyme Ginger Cookies. A few years ago I had a lovely Curried Lemon Cheesecake that really blew my mind. Last week in San Francisco, at Cortez restaurant, I had a delicious rosemary caramel popcorn ( and I normally HATE rosemary because it's always used too heavily. ) Also last week I had a Candy Cap Mushroom Bread Pudding dessert at the Martini House in St. Helena, Ca. It was wonderful. And we have all seen the myriad chocolate bars(Vosges etc.) and other chocolate desserts containing chilis, chipotles, curry powder, lemongrass, etc.etc.

I posted the other day about a recipe I have for Candy Cap Mushroom Cookies. No one has responded . But do any of you have other recipes that you like(or even just desserts you have eaten) that include savory elements? I think my definition of savory is 'components that are not normally associated with desserts'. Now, I must clarify a little. Adzuki and other beans, taro and yams, are all typical components in Asian ( and some Latin) desserts. Swedes use caraway seeds in some sweet breads. Candied fennel is commonly found in European desserts.Sweet 'mouth refreshers' after an Indian meal- contain fennel seeds, and Indian desserts are often based on lentils and carrots.
So my search does NOT include those dishes, because they are already well known sweets in their country of origin. I am also not looking for way-out combos that don't work.
I am just interested in what you have found that's a delicious (or even that sounds delicious to you.)sweet that contains savory components.
I have a feeling this thread will not have many replies but I'm still hoping I'm wrong!!
Thanks much for your input.

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