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8 Decadent Desserts We Loved at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Jun 15 2013 - 9:51pm

We often joke that we have a second stomach for dessert, which is fortuitous given the panoply of sweets on offer at Gail Simmons and Johnny Iuzzini's Last Bite Dessert Party at the Food & Wine Classic [1] in Aspen. As is often the case, it was hard to pick favorites, but somehow we managed the arduous task. Keep reading to see remarkable treats ranging from spot-on perfect pineapple upside-down cake to limoncello-glazed matcha baumkuchen [2], and much more.

Photos: Anna Monette Roberts

Strawberry Rhubarb Milkshake

Johnny Iuzzini's [3] Fountain Shop offered up a variety of retro-leaning treats, but our favorite was the fruity, frothy, and surprisingly light sour cream strawberry rhubarb milkshake. Also notable: a tangy and complex chocolate lactart and a refreshing wild cherry lime phosphate.

Blondies With Tawny Port

All of the cookie and port pairings from Dorie Greenspan's Beurre & Sel [4] and Bin 27 [5] tempted, but it was the blondies paired with Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny that truly won us over. Chewy, but less so than a typical blondie, these chunky, salty cookies complemented the silky-smooth port perfectly.

Matcha Limoncello Baumkuchen

If you're not yet acquainted with the many-layered German spit-roasted cake, now's the time to track down a slice. Glaze [6] offered up a limoncello-glazed matcha version that we won't soon forget thanks to its tender texture and robust, buttery flavor. The strawberry macaron was just the proverbial icing on the cake, though it had that, too — a dollop of vanilla Swiss buttercream.

Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

A chocolate chip cookie might have seemed plain Jane compared to the surrounding sweets, but this macadamia-nut-studded version from Jacques Torres [7] was a game changer. Thin, salty, and just the right combination of crisp and chewy, it was a simple sweet done right.

Meyer Lemon Chiffon Cake

It's hard to choose favorites, but if we had to award best in show, SugarMill Desserts' [8] Meyer lemon and orange chiffon cake would be our pick. Very sweet, but well balanced by a dose of acidity and salt, this ethereally light classic cake was only further enhanced by raspberry sauce and a spiced crumble.

Mixed Berry Tartlets

Kerrygold butter [9] shone in the tender crust of these classic mixed-berry tartlets, once again proving that simple sweets shine when all the components are well executed.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple upside-down cake is often toothachingly sweet, but not Eight K at the Viceroy's [10] melt-in-your-mouth, ultrabuttery version. The secret ingredient? A solid dose of salt to balance out the sweet pineapple and maraschino cherries.

Candy Buffet

A beautiful candy buffet served as a fitting end — and a sweet parting gift — to a decadent night. Guests filled bags with sweets ranging from malted milk balls to saltwater taffy, hard candies, and Jordan almonds, all in a chic blue and metallic color palette.

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