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Embellishing Desserts

Embellishing Desserts

embellishing desserts

Rich, decadent, delicious! These are all words that make us think of dessert. But don’t forget to indulge in the decorative details. These embellishments add a finishing touch to your sweet treat— and ensure it looks as tantalizing as it tastes. Here are some simple ideas to give desserts that little something extra:

  • Use sweetened whipped cream:
    • Beat 1 cup whipping cream with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar or brown sugar.
      • Serve on foods such as cakes, brownies or custard or cream pies.
  • Add something crunchy:
    • Chop nuts, candies or cookies.          
      • Sprinkle on desserts with toppings such as whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate, or frosting.
  • Add a sauce
    • Make or purchase a sauce. Choose popular flavors such as chocolate, vanilla or caramel.
      • Spoon warm or cold sauce over ice cream, cakes or pie slices.
      • Spoon or drop small bits of sauce around pieces of cake or pie.
  • Fresh fruit:
    • Popular fruits are raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
      • Scatter a few berries around slices of cheesecake.
      • Create a strawberry fan: Wash and dry a large strawberry; do not remove the stem end. Make 4 or 5 slices from tip to stem end. Gently spread the slices. Place the fanned strawberry in a dollop of whipped cream on top of desserts such as refrigerated pies or cheesecakes.
  • Chocolate:
    • Sprinkle a small amount of cocoa onto whipped cream.
    • Make chocolate curls or shavings with a vegetable peeler and add to top of desserts with whipped cream or frosting.

Next time you serve dessert, add a simple finishing touch garnish to make it extra special. Then listen for the rave reviews!

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Easy, elegant and yummy!0

Posted November 13, 2011 by Jean