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Sweet Spots: Midwest Bakery Recipes

Top-notch pastries from some of our favorite Midwest bakeries include mocha napoleons, cream-filled cannolis, and a lemon curd tart.

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Cream-Filled Cannoli

Fill a traditional cannoli shell with sweet ricotta, chocolate chips, and a hint of rum and vanilla for our version of the Italian dessert. For the real thing, visit Presti's in Cleveland.

Cream-Filled Cannoli

Janice's Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Minnesota wild rice adds chewiness to this moist, chocolaty cake from Salty Tart in Minneapolis.

Janice's Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Opal's Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Patrick Groth, owner-chef of Incredibly Delicious, uses his grandmother's recipe for these cookies. "Use the best walnuts you have and fresh butter," he advises.

Opal's Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Brown Butter Tarts with Sour Cherries

Buttery-sweet individual tarts get topped with dried tart red cherries, figs or dates at Salty Tart bakery in Minneapolis.

Brown Butter Tarts with Sour Cherries

Farmers Market Brownies

Patrick Groth, owner-chef of Incredibly Delicious, says these ingredients should be mixed and placed in the oven as quickly as possible for best flavor. "We sell these at the local farmers market. They are really good with fresh whipped cream and berries," Patrick says.

Farmers Market Brownies

Lemon Curd Tart

"The lemon curd is one of our favorite workhorses," says Patrick Groth of Incredibly Delicious in Springfield, Illinois. "My mother, who has worked for us for the last 16 years, is the only one who makes it. Hers is perfect, tart and smooth."

Lemon Curd Tart

Irresistible Tiramisu

Presti's customers love their layered espresso-mascarpone Italian dessert, but the recipe is a secret. This is our version, with an espresso syrup, mascarpone-vanilla filling and ladyfingers.

Irresistible Tiramisu

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