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New Food Trend – Tiny Desserts Are Guilt Free

Americans are realizing that our food parts are out of control, but we like our dessert. A new food trend in many restaurants is the mini-dessert. The mini-dessert is served in tiny parts- each only a bite or two. Guests can have one or two guilt free or can try several that tempt them. This trend can be easily duplicated for your next party or event. The trick is to have a choice of small desserts with a variety of flavor choices.

The most challenging part of this food trend is finding suitable and attractive serving dishes. Consider those tiny crystal glasses that you’ve probably never used for puddings and pie fillings. Bar cookies and pie can be cut into small squares and alternated on a large platter. Have attractive dessert dishes nearby.

Here is a recipe to get you started:

Tiny Lemon Meringue Parfait

1 package store bought meringue cookies

1 package vanilla wafers, crumbled

Filling:

5 egg yolks

½ cup sugar

grated rind of 1 lemon

6 to 8 tablespoons lemon juice

1 ½ cups cream, whipped

Beat egg yolks until thick. Add sugar, lemon rind and juice. Cook in double boiler until thick. Cool and fold into the whipped cream until well mixed but still streaks of each exist. Into a small glass such as a small wine glass, place a layer of vanilla wafer crumbs. Place the filling mixture into a piping bag, or place in a ziplock bag and clip the corner. Use the bag to pipe the filling mixture onto the cookie crumbs. Refrigerate. At serving time, top each with a meringue cookie. The combination is like a single bite of lemon pie. You could use a similar presentation using key lime pie filling or even banana pudding. The thought is to give your guests just a bite of flavor. Ideally you will offer several choices of flavors or a mixture of small desserts. Guilt free!

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Diane Watkins is a traditional southern style cook. She enjoys cooking, teaching, and writing about excellent food and family. For more information on southern cooking and recipes visit her website at easysoutherncooking.com Simple Southern Cooking



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