Spring showers are here, and you know what that means — time to stay inside, turn on your oven, and get baking! Or, time to chow down on a bag of pre-made cookies. Your choice.
Either way, salty-sweet desserts are our new obsession, and we just can't get enough of their unusual flavor combination. If you're picking up what we're throwing down, take a look at our favorite confections that feature a hint of salt and a kick of sweet!
Nutella Pretzel Brownies
We know. We know. These ambrosial brownies (pictured above) are beyond everyone's wildest hopes and dreams. Imagine your favorite chewy brownie on a crust of salty pretzels, add on a layer of Nutella, some more pretzels just because, and there you have it. Best brownie ever! Check out this scrumptious recipe at Bakingdom.
Caramel Dark Chocolate Truffles With Fleur de Sel
Why use regular table salt when you can fancy-up your dessert with France's famous Fleur de Sel? These delectable truffles take things to a whole new level of saltylicious, and the best part? They're rocking a caramel interior that will make you collapse into a fit of sugary ecstasy. Check out Epicurious for the recipe.
Pretzel Peach Jello Pie
We know this sounds slightly dubious (jello and pretzels? So many questions), but The Cooking Channel knows their way around a salty-sweet dessert. This syrupy pie uses a pretzel crust, which holds layers of cream cheese filling, nectar jello, and fresh peaches. How can you resist giving it a try? Check out the toothsome recipe at the Cooking Channel Blog!
Sweet and Salty Cake
If we've learned one thing from Martha Stewart it's that everything she touches is a good thing. With that in mind, check out this recipe for Sweet and Salty Cake (courtesy of Baked in NYC), which consists of rich chocolate cake layers soaked in salty caramel syrup, topped with caramel frosting. Keep in mind that you may not be able to move for several hours after eating this sweet treat.
Salty desserts come in all shapes and sizes, and our personal favorite? Candy! This brittle is quick and easy, and the savory flavor shines through thanks to salted nuts. Use whatever you have on hand (pistachios, almonds, peanuts), and remember to add a sprinkle of salt to the top during the cooling process. Check out the sweet and snappy recipe at The Keenan Cookbook.
Bacon Chocolate Chip Biscotti
Coffee, meet your new best friend: the bacon chocolate chip biscotti, a.k.a. The Baconater. Each bite is chock full of melted chocolate chunks and crisp-yet-chewy bacon. Warning: You might become addicted. Eat responsibly, and check out the recipe at Serious Eats.
Salted Caramel Pie
Fall is the prime time for pie-making, but let's mix things up and ditch the pumpkin filling. Yep, we're talking about a salted caramel pie-palooza. This saccharine delicacy is filled with sweetened condensed milk on a graham cracker crust, and topped with a delicate sprinkle of sea salt and a dollop of whipped cream. In a word? Irresistable. Find the recipe (which comes from Simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop) at Food and Wine.