Desserts are known to elevate the dining experience after a yummy meal—but making them is a whole different ball game. By now, you might have perfected the easy-peasy desserts like the ref cake, and even the fruit salad so why not try more ambitious ones? Not only are you serving new desserts for your family to try but also elevating your dessert making skills along the way.
Take crème brulee, for example. This dessert takes around three hours to make, with a lot of timing and balancing of ingredients. However, if you got it right, it tastes heavenly and makes you feel the satisfaction of being able to pull off this kind of dessert! In other cases, you may find yourself needing fancy equipment, struggling to follow the steps, or using unusual ingredients.
In the kitchen, learning something new is half the fun! If you want to master desserts, here are some tips to keep in mind so you can conquer the kitchen. (Plus, a bonus recipe you can try in the end!)
1. Absorb the recipe
For starters, take the time to read and review what you’re about to do. There could be a lot going on in the recipe you’re about to follow. Much like the main course, you might have to prepare some ingredients in advance or use them immediately after opening the packaging.
2. Keep your ingredients measured and accurate
Unless you’re already familiar with what the finished product tastes like and want to make your own modifications, it’s a good idea to measure your ingredients and stick to a recipe that works. You won’t get what you want out of your dish if it’s either too sweet or too bland.
3. Value contrast between flavor and texture
When making your dessert, consider the contrast between the flavor and texture of your dish. You can create something crunchy yet crisp and refreshing to the tongue or something smooth and fluffy yet rich in flavor. This makes the whole experience of eating dessert all the more fun!
4. Enhance flavor by adding new but complementary ingredients
Learn more about ingredients that can help enhance the flavor of your dish to improve the dessert further. For instance, a sprinkle of sea salt can make other ingredients in your dessert pop, or adding espresso to a cocoa-based dessert can make it taste more chocolatey.
5. Explore other ways to whip cream
Topping desserts with whipped cream is a staple to achieve a creamy and delightful taste. If you don’t have a mixer in your kitchen, there are three simple ways: use a whisk, or a coffee press, or a mason jar. Watch this tutorial for more detailed instructions.
6. Add fruits
Who says desserts can’t be healthy? Since fruits have naturally occurring sugars in them, some of the best (and most complicated) dessert dishes feature fruits—and they’re all yummy! Strawberries, mangoes, bananas, and apples are just some of the most popular fruits that usually are roped into delicious dessert recipes.
A Challenging Dessert for You to Try
Mocha Mini Cake
For the mocha sponge cake:
- 3 pcs eggs, separated
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp NESTLÉ® Fresh Milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp NESCAFÉ Classic
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp butter
For the buttercream:
- 1 stick butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tsp NESCAFÉ Classic, dissolved in 2 tbsp hot water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pack 125ml NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream, chilled
For the toppings:
- 1 pack 125ml NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream
- 1 cup milk chocolate chip
- 1 cup preferred chocolate, crushed
- Whip egg yolk and 1/3 cup sugar until light. Gradually add NESTLÉ® Fresh Milk and vanilla extract.
- Sift flour with cocoa powder, NESCAFÉ Classic, and baking powder. Mix in the egg yolk mixture.
- Separately whip egg whites with 2 tbsp of sugar until soft peaks. Fold in the egg yolk mixture.
- Pour mixture into a 6 x 2-inch cake pan lined with buttered parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 320°F oven for 20–30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the cake. Set aside to cool completely.
- Once cooled, remove the cake from the pan and discard parchment paper. Cut into 3 equal layers and set aside.
- Whip butter until light and mix in powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add vanilla, dissolved coffee, and NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream and continue to whip until soft peaks.
- Assemble layers of cake and buttercream. Spread the side and top as well.
- Make the chocolate ganache by gently simmering NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream. Pour into chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.
- Pour ganache on the cake and let it drip on the side. Top with preferred chocolate. Refrigerate until before serving.
Note: Store-bought chiffon or sponge cake may be used.
Create Something Delightful with Nestle Cream
Like with any other skill, practice makes perfect when it comes to making desserts. Familiarizing yourself with different tools, ingredients, and techniques will not only make you a better cook but will also have your family looking forward to the meals you prepare.
With the help of NESTLÉ® All Purpose Cream, you don’t need to search far and wide for ingredients that can give your desserts an edge. Keep on practicing your baking skills and come up with sweet snacks that your family will enjoy!