What goes through your mind when you think of a real Gourmet Dessert? Maybe something exotic from a five star restaurant or bakery in an city like Paris, or Venice, San Francisco, or even Chicago. Thoughts of Creme Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse and Dark Chocolate Torte come to mind. Even a simple Vanilla Bean cake can be considered gourmet when prepared by a professional baker, who uses the highest quality ingredients and has a sophisticated presentation.
Many home bakers can be intimidated when baking gourmet dessert. The fear is that they may be considered amateurish when being compared to a the pros. Well, we say do not fear - follow these easy steps and you can be baking gourmet desserts from your own kitchen!
Focus on high quality ingredients
This is important, as it can turn a basic recipe into something special. For example, when making a chocolate cake, if you use high quality cocoa such as French Valrhona or Cacao Barry products, you will notice a big difference. Even organic eggs and butter can change the taste and quality of a simple recipe.
Follow the recipe & measure with accuracy
Baking is an exact science. While being creative and original is fun, if you want a recipe to look and taste like it should, be careful to pay close attention to the details and follow the advise of the expert that created the recipe you're trying to prepare.
Consider the presentation – appearance counts
The way your gourmet dessert looks is important. Take your time and try to add some extra touches to make your dessert look as good as it tastes. Even a simple garnish can make a difference.
Start with Sweet Day Gourmet Mixes!
If you don't have the time or patience to run out and purchase all the required ingredients, try starting with one of our gourmet baking mixes!