In 2018 Chef Dolester Miles, who prefers to go by Chef Dol, won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef for her culinary creations at one of Alabama’s flagship restaurants: Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham. She makes the desserts for three dining establishments in the region, including French bistro Chez Fon Fon and the contemporary Italian trattoria Bottega Restaurant. Adored by diners for her authentic takes on the South’s irresistible sweets like her coconut pecan cake, sweet potato pie, and strawberry shortcake on a whipped cream biscuit, here she shares some of her tried and true tips for home cooks looking to up the level of their baked goods game.
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