Catering to friends and family? Some of us cook for our loved ones on a nightly basis. Some of us live alone and catch up with friends and family on occasions, cooking and hosting dinner parties or meals around special times of the year. Whichever option sounds most like you, chances are, you spend most of your time and focus on the main. This makes sense. Most of us only eat mains unless we’re eating out and this is the main event of the meal. But every so often, why don’t you treat your loved ones to a dessert? Desserts are, quite literally, the icing on the cake and will leave everyone with a smile on their face.
Of course, before preparing any dish for loved ones, you need to make sure that you’re fully aware of everyone’s dietary needs and requirements. Some people may need alternative options, such as gluten-free desserts, vegan desserts or nut free desserts. You should also note that if you are serving any vegetarians or vegans, they can’t have gelatine, which featurs in many jellies and sweets.
When we think of our favorite desserts, many of us automatically think of something chocolatey. Chocolare truly is a sweet treat that holds a place in most of our hearts. From dark to milk to white, there are countless varieties and countless things to do with this delicious ingredients. Consider following a molten lava cake recipe and serve it up warm with ice cream. Consider baking a batch of chocolate brownies or chocolate cookies. Bake a thick, moist chocolate fudge cake. Consider chocolate muffins. The list of potential goes on and on!
Pies and Crumbles
Apple pie. Cherry pie. Rhubarb pie. Apple crumble. Cherry crumble. Rhubarb crumble. Pies and crumbles are a firm favourite across the nation for good reason! They are warm, wholesome, filling and a great winter warmer. Bake your own and serve it up with lashings of cream or custard. If you want to get creative, you can even try different types of lattice and patterns across the top of the pies.
Ice Creams and Sorbets
If you’re looking for something simple that’s easy to whip up, store away some delicious ice cream in your freezer. This is a great casual dessert for the evenings, or if you’re hosting some sort of celebration, you can always serve it up in sundae glasses with sauce drizzles, sprinkles and wafers. You could even try adding fruit or crumbling biscuits or other treats over the top. Sorbet is a great vegan friendly option, though it is worth noting that there are plenty of widely available vegan ice creams made from plant based milks nowadays!
These are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling, but hopefully, one or two of the options outlined above will serve as some inspiration for your future family and friend meals. They’re bound to go down a treat!