Tips for healthy garnishes for
to take your desserts to a new level.
pleasure than a mouth-watering dessert that isn't so laden with
calories that you cringe when you climb on the scale the next
day? Let luscious spring fruit like strawberries, rhubarb and
pineapple be your springboard to light desserts.
a base that is inherently low fat, like meringues or angel cake
or fruit salad or sorbet.
can just about put anything you want in meringue, just because
they're so neutral in flavor -espresso, chopped orange zest, ginger,
cinnamon. You can also put cocoa powder in because then that gives
you some chocolate flavor without the fat," explains Emily
Luchetti, Executive Pastry Chef at Farallon in San Francisco.
(For more from Emily, including a great tip for making berry sauce,
Then use fruit as a garnish or a sauce or both. Try preparing
fruit in different ways, like poached or sautéed, as well
are the feather in a dessert maker's cap. Use small whole flowers
such as pansies, Johnny-jump-ups and nasturtiums for a
splash of color or pick petals from larger flowers such as calendulas
and marigolds and sprinkle them like confetti . Be sure to choose
pesticide-free blossoms specifically grown for use as food.
with these light desserts:
occasions, there are two great options to offer each guest
their own individual dessert or to make a dessert that doubles
as a centerpiece. To make it truly special, be sure to add the
extras garnishes, flowers and sauces.
intimate occasions, it's nice to offer guests their own individual
dessert. Most cakes and tarts can be made in miniature. A good
rule of thumb for dividing batter is what will fill a 10-inch
tube pan is also enough for 12 small tube pans. And a recipe that
yields a 10-inch tart will also make four individual ones. Add
a fruit sauce or two and a few pieces of bite-sized fresh fruit
and you have a beautiful presentation.
family celebrations, make a dessert that can grace the meal from
the start. Use a pretty platter, garnish it with small whole fruits,
edible flowers and a festive sprinkling of confectioner's sugar
and set it out on the center of the table. When it's time for
dessert, make a show of serving each guest a piece.
Try these desserts or you can make them fancy for a special occasion:
with confectioners' sugar or a mixture of confectioners'
sugar and cocoa powder
a few berries to the side of each dessert
one or two fruit sauces, such as Apricot
Sauce or Mango
Sauce. Put them in squeeze bottles and decorate
everyone's plate with them.
herbs from the garden, such as angelica, mint, lavender,
or lemon balm.