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Just as the seasonal menu at The Inn at Little Washington is based upon what ingredients are freshest on any given day, so it is with the desserts at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant. But chef/owner Patrick O’Connell does keep a few of his signature desserts on the menu at all times (tweaked with seasonal variations). For example, in the summer the painter’s palette of sorbets reflects the fruits of the season; in the winter, the sorbets often have spicier undertones. And there is always one dessert that features O’Connell’s signature Southern butter pecan ice cream — when we dined here it was an ice cream sandwich with hot caramel sauce.
For a sampling of treats, opt for the seven deadly sins — a taste of the inn’s most decadent desserts. This crowd pleaser appeals to indecisive diners and can include items like hot apple tart with ice cream, persimmon pudding cake with huckleberry-pear crumble and ginger ice cream.