“To-Die-For Desserts”: Westfield NJ Edition
Got a sweet tooth? Then get a napkin handy, because you’re about to drool. Big time. So ditch your diet, break out your stretchy pants, and schedule your next dessert outing immediately after reading this list of Westfield’s best-loved, most drool-worthy desserts. Don’t see your fave on the list? Tell us about your favorite dessert in Westfield! And stay tuned for To-Die-For Desserts: Cranford Edition. . . .
1) Chocolate Tart, Amuse
This creation by pastry chef Julianne Hodges is as elegant as it is delicious. An extra-thick dark chocolate crust is filled with dense chocolate ganache and punctuated by salted caramel, making for a heavenly salty-sweet combination (I’ve read that this combo actually produces euphoria in humans!). This tart is served with homemade brown butter ice cream–more of that salty-sweet goodness. http://www.amusenj.com/
2) Brownie a la mode, Xocolatz
An old-school favorite, this dessert is the perfect combination of velvety chocolate and smooth ice cream. The rich brownies are fresh-baked at Xocolatz and served warm out of the oven with generous scoops of classic vanilla ice cream slow-melting over the top, lovingly drizzled with sinful chocolate sauce. Ask for two spoons (or don’t, if you’re like me and just can’t share!). http://xocolatznj.com/
3) Apple Puff Pastry, 16 Prospect
If chocolate isn’t your thing, then this dessert is right up your alley: a flaky pastry, whose sugary crust gets caramelized in the oven, filled with warm sweet apples, topped with cinnamon ice cream and the prettiest little strawberry rose. Even the bartender at Prospect swears this dessert is a home run! http://16prospect.com/
4) Chocolate Lava Cake, Cosimo’s
Chocolate lovers, look no further than this bestselling dessert at Cosimo’s. Tuck your spoon into the warm chocolate cake and watch as a river of chocolate sauce flows out just like, well, lava! Served with hazelnut gelato, raspberry puree, and chocolate shavings . . . good golly, need I say more? http://www.cosimosrestaurant.com/
5) Port Marinated Pear Cake, Chez Catherine
Continually rated one of the best restaurants in New Jersey, Chez Catherine does not disappoint with this unique creation: a delicate cake topped with pears that have been sauteed in spiced wine, homemade Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream (the very best), and a sea salt caramel drizzle. http://www.chezcatherine.com/
6) Peanut Butter Silk Pie, Sweet Waters Steak House
If you’re still craving last Halloween’s peanut butter cups, try this dessert from Sweet Waters, where the lightest, fluffiest peanut butter mousse meets two layers of silky chocolate that melt in your mouth. http://www.sweetwaterssteakhouse.com/
7) Cannoli, Bovella’s
Sometimes it’s the simplest desserts we crave, and the top-selling item at Bovella’s is none other than the humble cannoli. But Bovella’s cannoli is truly a standout–the pastry shells are much lighter and flakier than most, and the cannoli are filled fresh when you order. Enjoy it with a cup of their joe, and good luck not ordering a second cannoli for the road.