Which Type of Dessert to Make
When deciding which type of dessert to make, there are a few different factors to consider. First of all, what is your skill level in the kitchen? Although all our recipes are relatively simple, stirring a few ingredients together is certainly easier than making a baked dessert.
There is nothing whatsoever that can go wrong with a dessert involving three ingredients and a bit of stirring, but if you do not keep an eye on your baking dessert it might burn. As long as you can follow the recipe, your dessert should come out fine, but it is worth starting at the very beginning if you are unfamiliar with making desserts, and then experimenting later.
Match the Dessert to the Occasion
When choosing what kind of dessert to prepare, you might want to think about the occasion. Are you making a family meal, feeding a crowd of young kids, catering for a dinner party, or making a romantic supper for two? There are different desserts for different occasions. Valentine’s Day desserts and Halloween desserts, for instance, are poles apart and not interchangeable.
You can jazz up a basic dessert to suit a special occasion. For example, if you want to make an easy chocolate mousse recipe, this is suitable for anything from a casual family meal to a dinner party. You can serve it as it is for a family meal but, for a dinner party, serve it in martini glasses instead of bowls, and add a sprig of fresh mint and a couple of raspberries to each one. This is such a simple way of transforming something really basic into an impressive, gourmet dessert.
If you want to make something for a casual family meal however, you have plenty more scope, because you can pick out anything that you think your family is going to enjoy. If you are cooking for kids, you cannot go wrong with cookies, gelatin desserts, or tasty cakes. If you want comfort food, what about an apple pie, served with ice cream?
You can drizzle some caramel syrup over the ice cream to add flavor, or serve flavored whipped cream instead of the ice cream. Flavor whipped cream with a few drops of vanilla extract or a pinch each of cinnamon and sugar. Some people prefer their whipped cream natural, without sweeteners or flavors, and that is also fine.
Potluck Dessert Ideas
What about potluck suppers? Again you have plenty of choice, because there will be lots of people keen to sample your homemade dessert. There is not one dessert in the world which everybody likes so aim to please most of the people and you will be fine. If your dessert needs to be transported to its destination, that rules out anything which has to stay hot, chilled or frozen, so go for a gelatin dessert, a cake recipe, or something which can be kept in a cooler for an hour or so.
You might like to make individual cakes and decorate each one a little differently, or you might prefer to make something in a large dish and bake it, cutting the finished dessert into portions when you are ready to serve it. If your dessert needs to be garnished, you can do this quickly just before serving it but avoid anything too fussy for a potluck supper. A pinch of cinnamon or powdered sugar, a drizzle of syrup, or a couple of fresh berries will suffice for such an occasion.
This might be a chef in the picture or it could be you. If you thought elaborate desserts like this were out of your league then you might be surprised to find out how easy it is to make a molded, creamy, fruity dessert like this one. All you need is a good recipe, the correct ingredients, and plenty of enthusiasm. Homemade desserts do not always turn out looking like restaurant desserts but they taste just as nice and they will have an attractive charm which no restaurant could match. So why wait? The time to start making desserts is now!
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