Lone Star Sweet
Desserts we desire from all over the state
Our infatuation with (and inundation of) all things sweet seems to have crossed the point of no return.
Simply walking down the “seasonal” grocery aisle--stuffed to capacity with Valentine’s Day treats, in the same spot where Christmas and previously Halloween candy were displayed--is enough to give anyone a sugar contact high. Still, we can’t help but desire the sweet stuff, and we’d be lying if we said we’ve never eaten dessert for dinner.
Now we can make that dinner-dessert at home, thanks to Denise Gee’s cookbook Sweet on Texas, a decadent look at our state’s civic pride as it relates to our confections--whether it’s cookies, lemon bars or red velvet cake.
Gee, a former contributor to Southern Living, organized her book into regional chapters. She rightfully split up Dallas and Fort Worth, with Dallas included in the East Texas portion and Fort Worth grouped with more rustic West Texas temptations, like Laura Bush’s pecan-laden cowboy cookies.
Six desserts have definitive Dallas ties, including a number of infamous state-fair delicacies (deep-fried coke, anyone?), margarita snow cones and the Mansion on Turtle Creek’s raspberry brownies.
From Fort Worth, we’re craving restaurateur Jon Bonnell’s homemade funnel cakes with spiked whipped cream. And former Reata chef Grady Spears’s Dutch-oven cobbler with buttermilk-lime ice cream makes us scream--in the best way.