These Desserts Are Not Your Same Old, Same Old

By: Michael Fossbakk | December 13, 2017

It has three layers and four kinds of chocolate. It’s glazed in a maple-pecan syrup and it’s big enough to make your eyes glow in wonder. Needless to say, it’s left an impression on you.

Isn’t that the reaction you want from every dessert you bake? If you’re like me and kind of get a kick out of baking but feel like brownies are about the extent of your expertise, all you need to do is look around you for inspiration. Metro Detroit has plenty of great restaurants with desserts that will make your sweet tooth sing with joy. Here are five decadent desserts from Detroit restaurants I implore you to try.

Toffee Stout Bread Pudding from Batch Brewing Company

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Toffee stout bread pudding. Photo courtesy of Batch Brewing Company.

As far as brewing companies go, Batch in Detroit not only pours delicious house brews but has a delectable food menu to boot. That is thanks to Chef Matt Johnson, and his menu has a mainstay dessert that you have to try: toffee stout bread pudding. The recipe uses Dave’s Sweet Tooth peanut butter toffee that is blended into small pieces and the chocolate ganache uses a couple ounces of Batch’s Imperial Stout. Mmmm.

Baked Chocolate Mousse from Republic

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Baked chocolate mousse from Republic in Detroit. Photo courtesy of Republic.

Awarded Best New Restaurant by Eater Magazine in 2015, Republic partners with local farmers for most of its ingredients to ensure seasonal quality. It is for that reason the menu is always changing. Recently added to the menu is the baked chocolate mousse. It’s made with a cranberry jam, pistachio and served with peppermint ice cream.

Homemade Pastries & Cakes from Rose’s Fine Food

“The Ultimate Diner” flew on the scene in 2015 and has continued to produce delicious, bakery-style goods like sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, “crybaby” donuts and, most importantly, cakes that are to die for. It’s hard to pick just one of RFF’s mouthwatering desserts. We’d recommend taking a gander at their Instagram page, but the best way to know what’s cooking is to stop in, see for yourself and leave with a dozen donuts and three or four cakes. You know, for good measure.

Chocolate Halawa from Selden Standard

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Chocolate halawa. Photo courtesy of Selden Standard.

A growing theme in this list is the use of local producers for fresh ingredients and that theme continues at Selden Standard. Its list of producers is long and changes with the seasons, but one truly decadent dessert you should try is the chocolate halawa. Halawa (also called halva) is a word for a confectionary that is used commonly in the the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, North Africa and more. It translates to “desserts” or “sweet.” Selden Standard’s chocolate halawa uses a tahini caramel, sesame ice cream and pistachio.

Carlotta Chocolotta Ice Cream Cheesecake at Traffic Jam & Snug

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Carlotta Chocolotta Ice Cream Cheesecake. Photo courtesy of Traffic Jam & Snug.

If there are two ways to win my heart it’s with chocolate and cheesecake. Thankfully, there’s Traffic Jam & Snug in Detroit, which has done the delicious work of combining both for a truly decadent dessert. The Carlotta Chocolotta Ice Cream Cheesecake is a double chocolate cheesecake with coffee ice cream, drizzled with hot fudge and, to top it off, sprinkled with ground espresso…I think I died and went to chocolate cheesecake heaven by writing that.

Now that you’ve gotten some much need “inspiration,” why not “wow” yourself and your family by taking a stab at making one of these delicious desserts? Surprise your friends and family with something decadent and new.