There is so much emphasis today on living a healthy lifestyle (and rightly so). However, that doesn’t mean that you should shy away from desserts. We’ve all heard the phrase “Everything in moderation” and it couldn’t be truer when it comes to desserts. Have you ever been craving something sweet, but just couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it is that you want? The solution, host a dessert bar. This kind of indulgence begs to be shared so invite a few friends over. Allow your guest’s creative juices to flow by having them assemble mini trifles. Choose from the following list of bases, fillings and toppings.
Bases – pound cake, slices of chocolate and angel food cake, cookies, brownies, ladyfingers.
Fillings – instant pudding, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, sliced strawberries, sweetened cream cheese, whipped cream.
Toppings – coconut, chocolate chips, candy, cookie crumbs, chocolate and caramel sauces, sprinkles, nuts.
Another option is to offer small servings of gourmet desserts, either homemade or purchased. How about serving chocolate truffle cake, lemon tartlets, New York style cheesecake, tiramisu, or crème brulee. For all desserts allow 1- 1 ½ servings per person. Be sure and set out plain, unadorned fresh fruit also.
As the perfect host/hostess, you should have on hand bottled water, coffee, and tea. Serving wine with dessert is quite trendy but I wasn’t sure about which ones to serve, so I did a little research. Claude Santino, Manager of Kathleen’s Restaurant at Apple Mountain Resort in Freeland Michigan offered these suggestions. Champagne, ice wines, and a sweet red port are the perfect accompaniments. Also a warmed cognac, which serves as a subtle enhancement to most any choice of desserts. He also added that a refreshing sorbet would be an excellent palate cleanser between confections.
The Perfect Setting
Something as decadent as a dessert bar ought to have serving pieces that are just as special. Take a trip to the flea market for one of a kind trays and pedestal servers. And if you happen to live near a TJ Maxx or Marshalls you can most any type of serving piece imaginable at a reasonable price. Cake decorating supply stores are another great find for stands, mirrored trays or even foiled covered heavy duty boards. Let’s not forget the dollar store either. Years ago, luncheon sets were all the rage. They were clear glass plates, either oval or rectangle and had an indentation to hold the cups that came with them. I found a set way in the back of my china cabinet, and I honestly have no idea where they came from. Luncheon sets are a bit old-fashioned but make it easier for guests to handle food and drink at the same time.
The perfect favor for the perfect party. Seal the evening with a kiss, a Hershey’s kiss placed on a spoon, wrapped in tulle and tied with a ribbon. The kiss and spoon can be used for coffee or tea the next morning. What better way to wrap up a sweet evening.
In Search Of
I confess to having the largest sweet tooth in the world; but there is one dessert I’ve never tried and that’s Key Lime Pie. If any of you dessert lovers have the perfect Key Lime Pie recipe please pass it on.
Let your life be like Angel Food Cake, sweet and light.