The Ten: Wintry Desserts

Photo courtesy of Nevin Martell

Food, Wine & Co. photo courtesy of Nevin Martell

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

When the wind chill factor drives temperatures below zero, there’s no arguing that the media-mooted polar vortex has truly arrived. So you want – no, need – a sweet pick me up to make the cold, gray days more bearable. Here are ten treats to help you shake the wintertime blues.

Remixed S’more
Served in a teacup, this play on the campfire classic at Food, Wine & Co. boasts layers of molten chocolate cake, toasted vanilla marshmallow, chocolate ice cream, graham cracker crumbles and rich chocolate sauce. As if that wasn’t enough, a pair of housemade marshmallows is served on the side for dipping.

Marvelous Monkey Bread
You’ll go wild for 1789’s upscale take on the breakfast time treat. Apple cinnamon brioche is drizzled with apple ambrosia and butterscotch sauce and finished off with a scoop of butterscotch ice cream.

Hot Chocolate You Eat with a Spoon
There’s no sipping required to enjoy this cold weather favorite at Equinox. Candied hazelnuts and coconut marshmallow top off a pudding-like hot chocolate crémeux.

Smashed Molten Brownie
Sorry, Reese’s Cups, but you’ve finally met your match. Fish Taco makes a smashed molten brownie topped with house-made peanut butter ice cream and caramel squiggles that’s worth the trip out to Cabin John.

Cinnamoned Brown Sugar Pop-Tart
Though there are always several variations on the childhood favorite available at Ted’s Bulletin, this flavor complements the cold weather the best.  Ask them to heat it up slightly for the maximum enjoyment.

Floating Smith Island Cake in Hot Chocolate
The official state dessert of Maryland gets a wintry makeover at Farmers Fishers Bakers. Eight layers of yellow cake are punctuated with generous schmears of chocolate frosting. It arrives in a cup of hot chocolate that you can spoon, sip or slurp.

A Sticky Situation
Turns out that Co Co. Salas chocolate maestro Santosh Tiptur has also mastered the art of the sticky toffee pudding. It comes drenched with brown butter toffee sauce, a scoop of ginger caramel ice cream and – of course – chocolate shavings.

Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie
This colossal confection at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is intended for two diners – or a single sweet tooth with a big appetite. Pastry chef Carri-Ann Hamer packs flakey crust with cognac-ed apples and crowns the pie with cinnamon ice cream.

Photo courtesy of Osteria Morini

Photo courtesy of Osteria Morini

Amped Up Affogato
Osteria Morini’s pastry chef Alex Levin has put his own spin the traditional Italian affogato. Hot espresso and Cardamaro amaro are poured over two scoops of house-made cardamom gelato to create a dessert that’s hot, cold, sweet, slightly bitter (in a good way) and utterly delicious.

Coffee and Doughnuts
In the mood to have breakfast for dessert? PassionFish offers freshly fried doughnut holes rolled in sugar, which come with a side of coffee laced Bavarian cream for dipping.

Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.