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In cultures around the world, dessert is
a course that typically comes at the end of a meal, usually consisting
of sweet food. The word comes from the French language as dessert and
this from Old French desservir, "to clear the table" and "to serve."
Common Western desserts include cakes, biscuits, gelatin, pastries, ice
cream, pies, and candies. Fruit may also be eaten with or as a dessert.
Variations of desserts can be found all around the world, such as in
Russia, where breakfast foods such as bliny, oladi, and syrniki served
with honey and jam are also popular as desserts. Desserts are sometimes
eaten with a dessert spoon, intermediate in size between a teaspoon and
a tablespoon. The first desserts were crusty, made from raw honeycomb
and dried dates. It was not until the Middle Ages, when sugar was
manufactured, that people began to enjoy more sweets but even then
sugar was so expensive that it was only for the wealthy on special
occasions. Early origins of popular frozen desserts, such as ice cream,
trace back to the Middle Ages when royalty would request fresh ice
flavored with honey or a fruit syrup.
The word dessert is most commonly used for this course in U.S., Canada,
Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, while sweet, pudding or afters may
be alternative terms used in the UK and some other Commonwealth
countries, including India. In England, the term pudding is usually
used among the Upper and Upper-middle classes, with dessert only used
if the course consists of fruit or sweetmeats, after the cheese and
For many people the dessert is the most important part of a meal. Some
people feel that they have not had a proper meal unless there is a
dessert to round off the other courses. But nowadays, with so many
demands on time, making a dessert frequently falls by the wayside.
There is no need for this to happen because there are so many delicious
recipes that are neither time-consuming nor expensive to make.
There are a number of steps that can be taken which will help you to
produce desserts quickly. Make use of good-quality convenience foods,
such as ready-made cakes, custards and sweet sauces, pastry and pastry
cases, meringues, pancakes and crepes, flavored yogurts, canned fruits
in natural juice and frozen and dried fruits. Always try to keep some
in the refrigerator, freezer or store cupboard so that you are never
stuck for inspiration or ingredients for assembling a dessert at the
last minute. Ripe fruit that is in season will not only taste better,
but it will cook more quickly.
Chilled Desserts: When making desserts that are best served chilled,
chill not only the ingredients in advance but also the equipment such
as bowls, whisks and spoons. To speed up chilling, make use of the
freezer or the freezing part of the refrigerator, but make sure that
dishes and bowls are freezer-proof. When really in a hurry, it is best
to avoid recipes that you have not made before and stick to those that
you know - they will take you less time to make.
Dessert Biscuits: Simple dessert recipes can be made more special and
substantial if they are served with dessert biscuits. This book
contains recipes for Langues de Chats, Nutty Curls and Cigarettes Russe
that can be made when there is time and kept handy in an airtight
container for several days. Alternatively, a variety of suitable
products can be bought from good supermarkets.
A Quick Dessert For Every Occasion: There are many times when a recipe
for a quick dessert is wanted. On certain occasions something will be
needed that can be eaten straight away. At other times, you might
prefer to make a dessert in advance to save having to worry about it
when preparing the rest of the meal. In winter, a warming, hot dessert
is always appreciated, as is a light, refreshing dessert in summer.
Quick Desserts contains a choice of recipes that are suitable for all
Famous chefs on cooking shows make the
creation of desserts look easy. A twist here, a flip there and a
fabulous looking dessert has the audience drooling. Do you fantasize
about creating pastry masterpieces but your hands just don't have
enough strength? Are you inspired to start baking but you can't see the
numbers on the timer? Don't despair, you can still make fabulous
desserts and enjoy yourself at the same time! There are some tips to
help you make delicious desserts with as little effort as possible.
Here are some examples:
• While home made whipped cream is richer
and sweeter, whipped cream from a can may do the trick for visual
appeal and save you preparation and clean-up time too.
• Great desserts can begin with ingredients that are already prepared.
By cutting up a store bought chocolate cake and reassembling it with
canned fruit and whipped cream, you've created a whole new dessert that
can become a family tradition.
• Experiment with boxed baking ingredients, like cake mixes. These
ingredients have been tested over time for success and are the
foundation for many award winning desserts. Add nuts and raisins, use a
baking pan in an interesting shape, drizzle some honey or a glaze over
the top and suddenly you have a divine cake!
Take a moment to dress up your creation
to make it special. A few sprinkles, a nice plate, a handsome pie
cutter or knife all add eye appeal and make the dessert feel more like
an indulgence. As they say "Life's short. Eat dessert first!"