It’s time for comfort desserts. Forget calories; think pleasure. Homey desserts are what count here, not complex presentations or preparations.
Here are my all-time comfort dessert winners. This Warm Toffee Pudding Cake with creme fraiche is what a comfort dessert is all about--homey, warm and sweet. Gail Forsberg, a Chicago pastry chef, shared the recipe with me.
Baked Alaska Ice Cream Pie runs a close second. It can be made with various flavored ice creams, but my preference is for coffee java chip. The Warm Bittersweet Sauce is spooned over the soft meringue and cold ice cream.
The desserts can be made in advance and frozen.