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Best Autumn Desserts In The Twin Cities

October 3, 2012 6:00 AM

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Autumn is the time of year when the leaves turn, sweaters and boots are back in style and comfort food is expected. If you’re craving something to warm you up that offers a little bit of sweet and a little bit of spice, try these five eateries. They offer delicious treats like crème brûlée, cheesecake, bread pudding and more. There’s certainly a cure for your sweet tooth in there somewhere.
Wilde Roast Café

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Wilde Roast Cafe
65 Main St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-4544
www.wilderoastcafe.com

The Wilde Roast Cafe, nestled on the riverwalk in St. Anthony Main, features a long list of mouth-watering, season-inspired desserts. Its dessert menu rotates monthly so you’ll have to be sure to go back each month to try a new goodie. In October, you will see s’more cheesecake, cinnamon maple crème brûlée and apple bread pudding with salted caramel sauce grace the menu board. And in November, the pastry chef takes notes from a traditional Thanksgiving meal and will offer up desserts like sweet potato cheesecake, spiced cranberry crème brûlée and a gingerbread dessert with pear mousse. December is sure to feature something tasty as well.

Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market
289 E 5th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 699-3536
www.heartlandrestaurant.com

Chef Lenny Russo and pastry chef Alex Robertson have something special cooking in their kitchen. Have you been in to sample their sweet treats for fall? If you haven’t, Heartland Restaurant should move to the top of your list for must-go places for dessert. In true Heartland fashion, made only from the best ingredients, you’ll find Cortland apple tarte tatin served with a caramel ice cream and cinnamon Chantilly cream, a poached heirloom pear drizzled with grape syrup, candied hazelnuts and bay-leaf crème anglaise and pumpkin crème brulée dressed up with gingerbread croutons and cranberry coulis. Once you’re there, your only problem will be choosing just one.Related: Best Brick Oven Pizzerias in the Twin Cities

Cafe Latte

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Cafe Latte
850 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-5687
www.cafelatte.com

Cafe Latte stays on top of its game and keeps it fresh by rotating various desserts throughout the year. During a typical fall week, you’re likely to find options like pear ginger cake, maple pecan cream puffs, cinnamon apple cake and pumpkin white chocolate cheesecake. If you ask loyal customers about their favorite fall dessert, they might tell you the pumpkin mousse tart is the way to go, while the staff might say it’s the maple cardamom bundt cake. The bottom line is, whoever is right (or wrong), it doesn’t matter. You’re getting a delicious, baked-to-perfection piece of heaven.

Muddy Paws Cheesecake
7600 W. 27th St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(763) 545-7161
www.muddypawscheesecake.com

This cheesecake joint boasts 222 different flavors of cheesecake, but if you’re looking for something fit for the season, look no further. This spot is sure to have something to tickle your autumn taste buds. Muddy Paws features flavors for fall: candied sweet potato, white chocolate pecan, caramel apple, apple crumb, caramel apple peanut swirl, pumpkin, pumpkin New York swirl, pumpkin chocolate swirl, pumpkin pecan, pumpkin chai, pumpkin toffee and southern sweet potato. Needless to say, these cheesecakes favor pumpkins. Remember Muddy Paws when you host your next get-together or get major bonus points by bringing one of these tasty treats along to a party.

Mill Valley Kitchen
3906 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 358-2000
www.millvalleykitchen.com

Mill Valley Kitchen, located near the Minikahda Golf Course, sits right on the line of Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. It features a bright and fresh menu inspired by northern Californian cuisine and while its dessert menu is ever-changing, there is one after-dinner drink that can double as a dessert. The apples to apples cocktail is something truly special. It features a hearty pour of Calvados (an apple brandy) that is accompanied by a dab of honey and warm spiced cider. It is a perfect way to close out the evening on a sweet note without the cake, pie or truffle.Related: Best Bistros Around The Twin Cities

Amber Ranzau lives on the edge of Uptown in Minneapolis and is a gal about town. She frequents the local restaurant scene, loves to support new and local businesses, follows the latest and greatest fashion and design trends, and she does all of this while working as an interior designer, spending time with her man, The Specialist, and taking care of her two goldfish Felix and Petunia and their tankmate Huey the Snail. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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