For the past 25 years, Roland Mesnier has been the executive pastry chef at the White House. Mesnier retired this past June after serving in the Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton and Bush Jr. administrations. He was invited on the “Today” show to share some of the tasty treats he created for those heads-of-state and to discuss his new cookbook, "Dessert University." Here are the recipes:
Recipes excerpted from "Dessert University: More Than 300 Spectacular Recipes and Essential Lessons from Former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier," by Roland Mesnier. Copyright © 2004 by Chef Roland Mesnier. Published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. No part of this excerpt can be used without permission of the publisher.