Chef Michel Richard is rightfully renowned for Citronelle, his Washington D.C. restaurant, where the refined (and often whimsical) French food has made him one of the country's top toques. The chef also possesses the uncanny gift for translating his culinary style onto the page. And his latest cookbook, Sweet Magic, is dedicated to our favorite food group: dessert. Inspired by carrot cake, this reinvention will alter your impression of the chronically overlooked parsnip. In the book, Richard provides a recipe for meringue frosting, but the parsnip's subtle sweetness, enhanced by maple syrup, makes the cake a standout all by itself.
Maple-Parsnip CakeRecipe adapted from Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts, by Michel Richard (Harper Collins)
Yield: One 9-inch cake