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6 recipes to make your New Year's Eve party festive

Daniel Neman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

Published in Entertaining

People have tried to mix the two together before, often without success. The secret to this version, from the indispensable cookbook "The Art and Soul of Baking," is that it swirls together two different batters, one chocolate and one peanut butter.

It's brilliant and it's delicious. It's brilliantly delicious.

Lemon Curd Cups, on the other hand, are deliciously brilliant. They begin with lemon curd, which is a mixture of lemon juice, sugar, egg yolks, whole eggs and butter. In other words, it is sweet, tart, rich and pure. There is nothing better.

All this dish does is put the lemon curd into phyllo cups. You don't have to add a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top to make it extra special, but it helps.

For that matter, you don't even have to make your own sweetened whipped cream (whip one cup of cold heavy cream; when it starts to thicken, add two tablespoons of powdered sugar and one-half teaspoon of vanilla extract, then continue whipping until it forms stiff peaks). But it's better if you do.

And you can serve the whipped cream on top of coffee for your guests who want a cup before they leave. It is the perfect, elegant ending to a perfect, elegant party.

 

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PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE MARBLE BROWNIES

Yield: 24 servings

5 ounces semisweet chocolate (no more than 56% cacao), finely chopped

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