11 September 2009
The best desserts are those that dazzle the eye as well as the palate. Whether it's a decadent cake lavished in frosting or ice cream drizzled with an indulgent confection, dessert is the final course that can blend flare, sophistication and fun. To help add delicious accents to your fall dessert creations, we have developed a delectable dessert recipe and some plating tips to give your dessert added pizzazz.
* Simple Sweets - Melt about a cup of chocolate chips, put it in a freezer bag and cut off the corner tip of the bag. With your impromptu pastry bag, decorate the plate with swivels and swirls or create an elegant design on the dessert itself.
* Perfect Pairings - Fruit is a light, delicious and visual addition to almost any dessert. Sliced autumn fruits like pomegranates, kiwis, cranberries, tangerines, grapefruits, oranges and persimmons add festive colors and liven up the look and taste of any dessert.
* Tasty Themes - A simple way to make desserts shine is to incorporate a theme. Desserts surrounding Halloween can be garnished with candy corn, confections for a kid's birthday party can be decorated with gummy candies or seasonal flavors like pumpkin can create a timely presentation.
* Glasses Galore - For treats containing multiple layers, a clear, distinctive glass allows guests to ogle the textured layers before devouring the exquisite treats. Consider unique glass styles like a martini glass, champagne glass or red wine glass.
* Decorating Desserts - Using a simple base like vanilla ice cream, plain pound cake or bread pudding, offer fun and tempting additions such as chopped nuts, whipped cream or caramel sauce and allow guests to enjoy customized creations!
* Planned Perfection - To maximize entertaining time with guests, prepare as much of your dessert as possible in advance. Try desserts that can be created the night before then popped in the oven while dining and served hot, or immediately served straight from the fridge or freezer at the end of a meal.