If you want to spice up your desserts, you don’t need to have a chef at home or a fancy dessert from the bake shop. Certainly plating and decorating desserts requires a lot of skill but we’ve broken down basic techniques and found a couple of “cheats” to help you add an extra special touch to your desserts at home.
Use Airheads to Make Letters
We all know this chewy candy, comes in many flavours and its texture is taffy like. What you didn’t know is that it can make a fantastic cake or cupcake decoration. All you need is a small cookie cutter, any shape, and let your creativity run wild.
Add Fruit Pebbles
Who knew you could create something this pretty with fruit pebbles? This is a no brainer! Add that special touch just by incorporating this simple ingredient to any dessert.
If you always dreamed off adding creative chocolate abstracts to your desserts, look no further. You need a baking tray, parchment paper and a squeeze bottle. With this trick you’ll make any dessert look like it came out from a gourmet shop.
TIP: To make perfect sauce or chocolate drizzle, get a plastic bottle like the one in the picture above. You’d be amazed at the amount of things you can do with a squeeze bottle.
Making white chocolate leaves may take some time but it’s not as elaborate as you may think. You need one pot of melted chocolate and mint. Let the leaves dry in the freezer.
Gingerbread and cheesecake in the same place? That’s what we are talking about when we say embrace the spirit of the season. A delicious twist of a very popular dessert.
Chocolate Chunk Eggnog cookies
The combination of two Christmas classics makes this treat the ultimate holiday dessert. At simple sight chocolate and eggnog may sound like an overpowering pairing but dark chocolate adds the perfect balance to this recipe.
If you are looking for a less conventional option, this creamy light meringue cake might be a good option. Soft whipped cream topped with fresh fruit makes this the perfect blend of simple yet decadent.
Pumkin Cream Tarts with Candied Cranberries
This is the perfect way to make the best out of those leftover pumpkins and not to mention the fact that they look gorgeous. They are fairly easy to prepare and a guaranteed way to wow your guests.
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Pomegranate Jelly
Panna Cotta is an Italian classic dessert we all know and love. In this recipe, the author added a layer of pomegranate jelly and some fresh seeds to give it a special seasonal flavour, completely worth trying!
Tip: You can get creative and add as many jelly layers as you want.
The bûche de Noel, also known as a Yule log, is a seasonal dessert that consists of a rolled sponge cake covered with chocolate and shaped to look like a tree bark.
The Yule log is an old tradition that celebrates Christmas by burning a wooden log in the hearth. It wasn’t until the 18th century, when a French pastry chef decided to turn the actual log into a log shaped dessert.
Nothing provides that homey feeling more than a homemade dessert. This year celebrate Christmas by making a Yule log at home.
There are many varieties and so many ways to have it. Open faced, crustless, triangles, stacked - it’s amazing how such a simple food can have almost limitless alternatives. The versatility of the sandwich is what makes it the ultimate party food.
Today we’ll be discussing some of the best sandwich options for holiday parties.
Smorgastarta (Swedish Sandwich Cake)
This is a completely new take on a sandwich. This Swedish recipe combines layers of creamy fillings with smoked salmon. It is simple enough to make but at the same time a guaranteed attention grabber at any party.
Wrap and Stack Sandwich Tree
A simple and fun way to transform a sandwich wrap into something special. Switching regular wraps for green and red adds that special seasonal touch.
Avocado, Strawberry and Goat Cheese Sandwich
This sandwich is simple but its beauty doesn’t only rely on its appearance. It’s about how well the sweet and savoury flavours blend together. Who knew creamy goat cheese could tie up strawberries and avocado so perfectly?
We had to include something sweet and we want to include something better than your average ice cream sandwich. A stroopwafel is a honey waffle, a popular dessert in the Netherlands. The texture can de described as a sweet, light cracker. Layers of chocolate, mascarpone cheese and strawberries make this a decadent dessert sandwich.
Crab and Cucumber Cocktail Sandwiches
We couldn’t put together a sandwich recap without including a high tea party style sandwich - crustless, round sandwiches filled with crab meat. Absolutely decadent!