Chefs in Des Moines are heralding the harvest season by using Iowa's fresh produce in sumptuous fall desserts. There's no shortage of delicious sweet treats that bring out the flavors that are synonymous with this time of year. Here are five desserts to get you started in a tour of fall desserts in the metro area. Brian Taylor Carlson
Fall is finally here. And pumpkins, apples, cranberries and sweet potatoes are in peak season. Des Moines metro chefs are using these ingredients to create all kinds of tasty treats.
From tarts to custards to bread pudding, most desserts are also flavored with warm pumpkin spice.
Celebrate the taste of Iowa's harvest season with these five desserts from around the Des Moines metro.
Crème Cupcake + Dessert
Perfect Pumpkin Cupcake
The Perfect Pumpkin cupcake makes its return to the cupcake lineup for its fifth year at Crème Cupcake + Dessert. Quickly becoming a staff and customer favorite, this vanilla cake filled with pumpkin spice mousse and topped with a pecan cream cheese frosting, a dusting of cinnamon and toasted pecans. The cupcake is available through November ($3 each or $33 per dozen).
Location: 543 28th St., Des Moines
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight; closed Sundays and Mondays.
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
This caramel-apple bread pudding from Bubba is like autumn on a plate. It's layered with Granny Smith apples cooked in bourbon-caramel apple pie spices and South Union brioche, baked, and drizzled with a house-made caramel sauce. It comes to the table warm in a cast-iron skillet (not shown here) with vanilla bean ice cream to cut the richness ($8).
Location: 200 10th St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Apple Tarts with Miso Caramel and Sake Lees Ice Cream
Timeless Prairie Orchard apples are the star of the show in this tart from Harbinger. Chef Joe Tripp considers these apples the best in Iowa. A drizzle of lightly-salty miso caramel is served alongside, paired with a homemade sake lees ice cream that tastes similar to rice pudding. It's garnished with flowering oregano ($9).
Location: 2724 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Table 128 Bistro and Bar
Sweet Potato Panna Cotta
Table 128 is heralding the fall season with Chef Lynn Pritchard's own creation — a silky sweet potato panna cotta custard with a crunchy cinnamon toast crumble. It's served with a homemade gooey pomegranate and goat cheese caramel ($7).
Location: 12695 University Ave., #140, Clive
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.; closed Sundays.
Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
Enjoy a decadent ending to a great fall meal at Bonefish Grill with its seasonal pumpkin crème brûlée. The pumpkin-flavored custard has hints of warm cinnamon and nutmeg and it's finished with a signature seared sugar crust and house-made whipped cream.
Location: 650 S. Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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