The perfect end to any meal, dessert recipes are a traditional sweet course and the favorite of young and old alike. There are countless dessert recipes available to satisfy any sweet tooth, including:
- Baked Goods
While some dessert recipes are elaborate and others are simplistic, all of them provide a tasty finish to any meal.
The biggest problem many people have with dessert recipes is that they may be the least healthy portion of a meal. To increase their nutritional value, consider fruit-based recipes that use fresh fruits as both main ingredients and garnishes. Fruit is naturally sweet, letting the cook eliminate excess sugar. If sugar must be added, consider choosing a sugar substitute for a healthier result (Keep in mind, however, that some sugar substitutes contain aspartame, a potentially harmful substance if over used. For more information on aspartame, search 'aspartame' on ask.com or google.) Reducing portion size is another way to make traditional desserts more nutritious.
Because it is the last thing people will remember about a meal, a dessert's presentation is critical. Serve these treats on small plates that do not detract from the food itself (small plates also make portions appear more generous) and embellish the dish with a light sauce, sprig of mint, complementary cookie, or similar item. Be sure that the dessert servings are neat (crisp slices, uniform portions, symmetrical shapes) and that they are centered on the serving dishes. Contrasting colors also make stunning accents: add a raspberry or white chocolate puree to garnish a slice of chocolate cake, for example. Whipped cream, chocolate shavings, cookie crumbs, sprinkles, and sugared nuts also make easy and beautiful toppings and embellishments for many different desserts.
Above all, remember that dessert recipes holds the place of honor in a meal - saving the best for last. By using the best presentation possible, paired with healthier alternatives and satisfyingly sweet dishes, even a simple dessert will be a delight. .