The Most Popular Dessert the Year You Were Born
You might be a Bananas Foster baby—or were you born in the year of Hummingbird Cake? Take a look back at 60 marvelous years of dessert trends. They're our birthday gift to you!
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The secret to incredible bread pudding with a soft middle and crisp edges starts with leftover dinner rolls. I picked up the rich brown sugar sauce recipe from my friend Kathryn Gartmann. A big drizzle of it takes this dessert over the top and really makes it the best bread pudding ever. —Maria Petrella, Taste of Home Prep Cook
I found the Lemon-Frosted Fruit Bars in a 1943 Betty Crocker cookbook titled Your Share: How To Prepare Appetizing, Healthful Meals with Foods Available Today. The recipe book was printed when the U.S. government began rationing foods like sugar and butter during World War II. Inside there are tips for saving sugar, with recipes like these bars that used dried fruit and molasses to add sweetness instead. You don’t even miss the sugar! —Nancy Mock, Burlington, Vermont
Let me tell you why Julia Child’s chocolate mousse recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking is one you’ll use for life: Aside from the technique of using both the egg whites and egg yolks, I love how she adds an ample amount of brewed coffee in addition to orange liqueur. Those two ingredients combined with quality chocolate and just enough sugar to balance the flavors is a true work of art. —Lauren Grant, New York City, New York
The 1972 print ad for the Jell-O No-Bake Cheesecake with Pudding says this recipe is “a perfect summer dessert, because you don’t have to bake it.” Now that I’ve tried it myself, I have to agree, with one caveat: it’d be a welcome dessert any time of the year. —Nancy Mock, Burlington, Vermont
I like to think that when a baker asked someone if they wanted a piece of this buttery cake, the answer was “sock it to me!”—which is how this cake got its name. Duncan Hines published the “Sock It to Me Cake” recipe on the back of its boxed mix in the 1970s, and the rest is history. —Vallery Lomas, New York City, New York
—Muriel DeWitt, Maynard, Massachusetts