Fun & quick holiday dessert ideas

Chef Mark Kalix from Appliance Factory and Mattress Kingdom shows us some un & quick holiday dessert ideas.

Bananas Foster


1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup dark brown sugar

3 1/2 tablespoons rum

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and crosswise

1 pint vanilla ice cream


  1. In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in sugar, rum, vanilla and cinnamon. When mixture begins to bubble, place bananas and walnuts in pan. Cook until bananas are hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve at once over vanilla ice cream.

Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart


This sinfully rich tart is incredibly elegant in flavor and presentation. Be sure to remove the pastry dough at least 10 minutes prior to rolling it out to avoid the dough from cracking during the rolling process.


Yield: 10 servings


1 recipe sweet pastry dough (recipe follows)


1 Cup heavy whipping cream

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1 large egg yolk


Preheat an oven to 325 degrees and position an oven rack in the center.

To prepare tart shell: On a lightly floured work surface; roll out the dough until 1/8 inch thick. Using a large spatula, place into a 10-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom, pressing slightly to cover the bottoms and sides. Trim the dough to be flush with the rim and chill for 10 minutes.

Cover shell with parchment paper, and fill with pie weights blind-bake in the oven until pale golden brown, about 15 minutes, and allow to cool.

To prepare tart filling: In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and milk and place on the stove over medium-high heat and bring to a low boil. Remove from the heat; add the chocolate and let stand until melted, about 5 minutes. Using a whisk, stir until smooth.

In a small bowl, whisk in the egg with the egg yolk and then whisk in 1/2 cup of the chocolate cream. Thoroughly whisk this custard mixture into the chocolate cream in the saucepan.

Transfer the filling into the prepared tart shell and bake until set around the rim but still slightly jiggles in the center, about 30 minutes.


Orange Pound Cake


Pound cake is traditionally made from a pound of butter, sugar, eggs and flour which is where it gets its name.  For best results use a scale to weigh each of these ingridents.  Once you try this recipe a time or two you can easily memorize this recipe and customize with other flavors.


4 ounces butter

4 ounces sugar

4 ounces (2 large) eggs

4 ounces flour

½ cup water

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon orange extract

1 pinch salt

Zest and juice of 1 orange

4 oz Apricot jam for the glaze


Heat the oven to 350 F. Butter and flour a 10-inch loaf cake pan.

Cream together butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, or until very light and fluffy

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add flour to creamed mixture alternately with water, beginning and ending with flour. Mix just until blended after each addition then stir in lemon extract, baking soda and powder, salt lemon juice and zest. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

Bake for  about 1 hour and 35 minutes or when an instant read thermometer reads 200 degrees in the middle of the cake.

Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes then remove from pan and place directly on ​a wire rack or invert onto a rack if using a 1-piece pan.

Melt Apricot jam in a pot and glaze cake after cooled.


Vanilla Panna Cotta with Sweet Fig Compote


1 quart heavy cream

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped

2 1/4 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin

3 tablespoons water

In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, sugar, vanilla bean and seeds. Bring the mixture just to a simmer over moderate heat. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let stand until evenly moistened, about 5 minutes.

Uncover the cream mixture and bring just to a simmer over moderately high heat. Remove from heat, add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Remove the vanilla bean and save for another use. Pour the panna cotta mixture into eight 4-ounce ramekins and let cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the panna cotta is set but still jiggly, at least 3 hours.

Sweet Fig Compote


1¼ cup water

1 cup dried mission figs, chopped

¼ cup dried golden raisins, chopped

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 Tbsp honey


In a small pot over medium-low heat, combine water, figs, raisins, and salt.

Cook until reduced to a jam consistency (~ 20-30 min)

Add the vanilla, lemon juice and honey and cook 3-4 min longer