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Desserts Suitable for Framing (But We’d Rather Devour Them)

“You won’t see these desserts anywhere else,” touts executive pastry chef Sam Nahhas. “They are one of a kind.” And that they are: Some of the most exquisitely produced works of confectionery art with whimsical brushstrokes of flair and an over the top triple-wow factor. Perfectly suitable for enviable Instagram pics, these concoctions will have your eyes popping, your mouth watering and your mind in a sweetly induced coma.

When asked how long it takes him to come up with the multitude of diverse flavors, textures and stunning color palettes that defy tradition, chef Sam quips, “I usually construct the dessert two or three times and go have a cup of coffee in between attempts. When I come back to it and I am still happy with the design, then my work is complete.”

Executive Pastry Chef Sam Nahhas

Chef Sam also enjoys the change of seasons at Normandy Farm and relishes the opportunity to incorporate newer ingredients, methodologies and colors to his sinful sensations. He is truly a master scientist, chemist and baker all “rolled into one” (see what we did there?).

We’ll list a few choice dessert menu descriptions here—but let the photos do the talking for this one. Enjoy.

Normandy Hazelnut Chocolate Cake - layered with spiced pumpkin cake, apple compote and light chocolate mousse served with salted caramel sauce and chocolate garnish.

Normandy Hazelnut Chocolate Cake the farmers daughter

Spiced Panna Cotta - accented with autumn pear compote, cinnamon crisp cookies, a chocolate macaroon, chunks of almond chocolate cake and signature brown butter powder.

Spiced Panna Cotta the farmers daughter

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart - a briquette of chocolate ice cream and coffee Kahlua reduction topped with a cocoa nib chocolate stick and passion fruit truffle.

Blood Orange Tart - served with a blood orange segment, citrus foam pomegranate reduction and a small cup of house-made blood orange sorbet.

Blood Orange Tart the farmer's daughter

Chocolate Molten Cake - guest choice of peanut butter, Nutella or salted caramel filling served with honey tuille and fresh berry and chocolate gelato.

Chocolate Molten Cake the farmer's daughter

Pistachio Crème Brûlée Popsicle - a pièce de résistance of fresh berry, raspberry fluid gel and white chocolate. A must-be-seen (and tasted) twist on tradition to believe.

Photography by Ed Williams

Located just 25 minutes from Center City Philadelphia and situated in the heart of Blue Bell, Pa., Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center is more than a meticulously restored American landmark—it's a fully wired, high-tech hospitality venue. Relax on our grand terrace, sip a cocktail in America's oldest silo, play a challenging game of golf on our championship course, plan an event with us or dine on our delectable farm-to-table cuisine. It all adds up to One Historic Experience.

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