The List: January 2016
Five comfort desserts for winter
The Chalkboard’s white chocolate bread pudding
The term “comfort food” conjures memories of fried chicken, pasta, meatloaf and mashed potatoes. But in these winter months when we want to dig in to warm comfort foods, we wouldn’t want to leave out dessert. Here are some great spots for comforting desserts around town.
The Chalkboard’s white chocolate bread pudding is legendary. Waiters know customers will be disappointed on nights they sell out. It’s so good that many people order a piece for the table and a piece to take home. The creamy, chocolatey sauce tops it all off for a perfectly balanced bread pudding.
1324 S. Main St., 918-582-1964, www.chalkboardtulsa.com
Sometimes banana pudding is fresh pudding with homemade sponge cake, layered artfully and presented elegantly. Sometimes it’s made just with vanilla wafers. At Stone Mill BBQ and Steakhouse it’s the latter, and we’re OK with that. This comforting version is just like your mama or grandmother used to make. It conjures memories of childhood and desserts eaten without worry of calories and sugar. And, if you like old-fashioned sheet cake, Stone Mill makes that, too — in chocolate or peanut butter.
2000 W. Reno St., Broken Arrow; 918-258-4227; www.stonemillbbq.com
Pick a dessert — any dessert — at Queenie’s, and you’ll be happy. The strawberry cream cake is my all-time favorite. It’s the cake I associate with wedding and baby showers, birthdays and other celebrations. Layers of butter cake are topped with fresh whipped cream and fresh strawberries for this deceptively light-tasting and creamy cake. If you’re a lemon person, get a Queenie’s lemon square, too.
1834 Utica Square, 918-749-3481, www.queeniesoftulsa.com
If you’ve ever been to a Pie Night at Antoinette’s Baking Co., you know you better come early for some of the favorites. Mile-high chocolate pie is one of the most popular, with its chocolate mousse, chocolate crumb layer and topping of sweet, fresh-whipped cream. Another worth standing in line for is the La Dee Da butterscotch. This is pie perfection with a layer of caramel, topped with a brown sugar whisky meringue. Pie nights are 7-10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, though you can stop in for pie anytime Antoinette’s is open, Monday-Saturday.
207 N. Main St., 918-764-8404, www.antoinettebakingco.com
Coffee and cream, ladyfingers and chocolate. What’s not to love about tiramisu? At Mary’s Trattoria, it’s done just right. Ladyfingers are lovingly dunked in strong espresso flavored with Kahlua and layered with mascarpone cheese and cream. A drizzle of chocolate and sprinkle of cocoa rounds out this not-too-sweet dessert. I can’t begin to make tiramisu this good at home, so it’s a must-have when I’m at Mary’s.
1313 E. 15th St., 918-585-2495