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Onboard Holland America Line

Sweet and Fruity Desserts

This show veered away from chocolate in favor of desserts where sweet, fruity flavors took center stage. We moved a classic apple crisp from a casserole dish to a skillet to even the cooking, eliminate soggy fruit, and streamline the process. Then we deconstructed a staple of New York diners and delis: the blintz. We simplified the process of making crepes to save time and used everyday ingredients to make a smooth, creamy, lightly-sweetened filling. Plus, we included make-ahead instructions so that you can have these blintzes ready to go for company or a special occasion.

Download the handout we used for this course onboard your Holland America cruise [PDF].


Skillet Apple Crisp

We like Golden Delicious apples for this recipe, but any sweet, crisp apple such as Honeycrisp or Braeburn can be substituted.


Cheese Blintzes with Raspberry Sauce

Exotic ingredients, special equipment, and detailed techniques couldn’t stop us from bringing a streamlined version of this Eastern European specialty to the home kitchen.


Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Creamy, milky, and luxuriously rich, fresh ricotta is a different universe from the grainy, clumpy supermarket stuff.