Students who eat at Cather Dining Hall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln enjoy delicious desserts made from scratch every day. Here's the story of Diemhong Tran, a pastry chef who loves to bake...but doesn't like sweets.
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[00:00:02.100]Start with a little cream cheese.
[00:00:06.180]Add a couple dozen eggs and other ingredients,
[00:00:09.440]and in a few hours,
[00:00:10.540]you'll have nine chocolate mocha cheesecakes,
[00:00:13.650]all destined for the enjoyment of students
[00:00:16.230]at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
[00:00:18.688]German chocolate and German apple cake
[00:00:21.560]is really good too.
[00:00:22.860]Diemhong Tran is the deserts
[00:00:24.730]team leader at Cather Dining Hall.
[00:00:27.640]Cherry pie, apple pie,
[00:00:30.960]strawberry rhubarb and apple crisp and.
[00:00:33.720]And she offers a menu
[00:00:35.350]that rivals any five star restaurant.
[00:00:38.440]Brownie and chocolate chip,
[00:00:40.580]and sugar cookie (laughing), peanut butter.
[00:00:45.520]Last year for Thanksgiving,
[00:00:46.960]Tran was a baking machine.
[00:00:49.270]I make 70 pumpkin pies, 70 pecan pie,
[00:00:55.050]and caramel apple pie.
[00:00:57.710]There's like, whoa, the oven can keep up,
[00:01:00.610]like, just do it over and over.
[00:01:03.950]And for the Christmas season.
[00:01:05.470]7,000 truffle ball and 7,000 peanut butter ball,
[00:01:10.360]and I have to roll them,
[00:01:12.150]and cool them, and then the dip in the chocolate,
[00:01:16.060]and that take a lot of time.
[00:01:19.640]At home, Tran bakes cookies
[00:01:21.540]for her kids and grandchild,
[00:01:23.330]but she says growing up in Vietnam,
[00:01:25.320]deserts were rare, and not a sweet.
[00:01:28.320]If we have desert it really, really,
[00:01:30.950]like, less sugar.
[00:01:33.490]One time, I got a Vietnamese cake, you know,
[00:01:36.190]I bake a Vietnamese recipe, my husband say,
[00:01:39.337]"Honey, you forgot sugar."
[00:01:42.240]Tran has never developed a taste
[00:01:44.010]for the kinds of deserts she serves others,
[00:01:46.700]but she loves seeing them fly off the shelf.
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