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    • Food Network
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    In her "In the Kitchen" Food Network cooking series, Dessert First with Anne Thornton, expert pastry chef Anne Thornton shares indulgent recipes for tantalizing and tasty sweet treats. From fresh pie crust and creamy ice cream cake to flaky pastries and make-ahead tarts, Anne demystifies and simplifies the sweet world of pastry and dessert. While sprucing up old-fashioned favorites like apple turnovers and pecan pie, Anne teaches viewers the keys to no-fear baking, proving any home cook can create showstopping desserts. Whether she's planning a dinner party for friends or whipping up a quick weeknight meal, Anne always thinks about Dessert First.

    13 episodes

    2x01 Ultimate Chocolate Cakes

    • Season Premiere

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    When it comes to chocolate, Anne knows all the best recipes. Today, she's sharing her foolproof chocolate cake recipe which is the base of all three desserts she'll be creating. On the menu - German Chocolate Cupcakes, Whoopee Pies and Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate Cake.

    2x02 Springtime Sweets

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    Spring is in the air and this menu is all about celebrating the freshness of the season. Anne will make classic Luscious Lemon Squares, tangy and delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Napoleons with Crème Fraiche Ice Cream and a bright and tasty Bumbleberry Fool Parfait.

    2x03 Blue Ribbon Pies

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    Everyone loves pies and Anne is no exception, although her pie recipes are all blue ribbon winners. Today, Anne's mom, Maureen, will join her to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, Mama Thornton's Peach Pie and Almond, Pear and Cherry Pocket Pies.

    2x04 Sweet Side of Brunch

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    Join Anne as she prepares the picture perfect brunch for her dear friend, Nate Berkus. On the menu today, a delightful Chocolate and Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Syrup, Almond and Chocolate Croissants and a sparkling cocktail, the Ruby Royale.

    2x05 Brownie Bonanza

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    With Anne's fool-proof brownie recipe you'll never make brownies from a box again! Anne will make Fudgy Salty Peanut Butter Brownies, colorful Brownie Pops, and her famous Death by Chocolate Brownie Dessert. These brownie recipes are absolutely out of this world!

    2x06 Fancy Finale

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    Today's menu may look fancy, but is actually a snap to prepare. Anne will share her simple secrets for show-stopping desserts. She'll start with a Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee with Raspberries, continue with a Cherry Almond Clafoutis, whip up a Salted Caramel Apple Tart Tatin and create a cocktail to remember - the Peach Sparkler.

    2x07 Mini Desserts

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    Anne takes desserts to a whole new level, a much smaller level. She starts with her delicious and precious Mini Deep Dish Cherry Pies; next she'll demonstrate the proper technique for Parisian Petit Fours. Everyone will be so impressed!

    2x08 Pudding Party

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    Get ready for a pudding party! Anne will prepare her favorites, which will soon become yours too! First off is her Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake, followed by her Creamy Apricot Rice Pudding, and she finishes off with her Nutella Banana Brioche Bread Pudding.

    2x09 Raise the Dessert Bar

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    Join Anne as she welcomes the neighborhood kids over for some fun and delicious dessert bars. On the menu today are Smoky Smores Bars, Raspberry Crumble Bars, and Bridge Mix Bark.

    2x10 Chocolate Chip Comfort

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    Nothing is more comforting than a warm chocolate chip cookie and today, Anne takes her go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe and kicks it up a notch. She will start with Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Blondies, then Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, and lastly she'll dip the cookie dough in chocolate to create her Cookie Dough Truffles with Sea Salt.

    2x11 Chocolate Indulgence

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    It's time to indulge and today, Anne will show you the decadent chocolate desserts of your dreams. She'll share her favorite recipes for Chocolate Pot de Crème Brulee and the Deepest Darkest Chocolate Cheesecake on earth!

    2x12 Whipping Up Meringues

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    What's better than whipping up egg whites? Whipping up meringues! Today, Anne will show you the best meringue desserts imaginable. She'll start with a Baked Alaska and then make the most gorgeous Salted Caramel Banana Macaroons imaginable.

    Today, Anne is taking retro desserts and giving them a makeover with a modern twist. First off is her Strawberry Mint Shortcake, next she combines two family recipes for a Coconut Cream Cake and lastly she invites friend Dyan O'Connor over to help shake up her Elvis Milkshake.