Simple, fun and eye appealing, the basis for any successful dessert. Treats that seem “too simple” have become the go to for restauranteurs looking to impress their guests. Simple twists to classic recipes that do not require turning on ovens or even breaking out mixers, cheesecakes that are served in small jars or glasses. Featuring customer favorites such as fruits on a bed of creamy lemon and vanilla mascarpone cheese that create a melt in your mouth crumble.
These effortless desserts are perfect for warm summer evenings, allowing guests the opportunity to sample one or two bites of something sweet and a large variety of flavor choices. Because, these small delicious treats can be made quickly, it is to your advantage to quadruple the recipe and make numerous flavors. Lending your guests the ability to sample one, two or event three!
To make these delicious treats is very easy, time effective and cost effective. The bottom layer consist of mashed dates, chopped almonds and a pinch of salt, keeping that part sweet/tangy and crunchy! The middle layer consists of delicious mascarpone cheese, macerated lemon and honey and fruit to your choosing. To finish decorate the jars with flower petals, lavender or even elderflowers. Gusts will love the personal touches and will certainly be intrigued to promote the product on their social media news feeds, boosting your restaurants online presence.
Italian Cheesecake Jars
Makes 8 small jars
If making this ahead, we’d recommend only filling the jars with crumble and mascarpone, and keeping the fruit salad in a separate jar until right before serving. Strawberries and peaches are often heavily sprayed so choose organic if possible.
-15 strawberries, rinsed and hulled
- 3 peaches, rinsed
- 1 lemon, washed
- 2 tbsp (unheated) runny honey or maple syrup
- ó cup raw almonds
- 8 soft dates, stones removed
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 2 cups mascarpone
- ó tsp ground vanilla or pure vanilla extract
- small handful lemon balm or mint leaves
Pictured: brunch at Avert Brasserie
It's Mother's Day - the perfect day for brunch. Fun, relaxed, and usually involving an adult beverage (or two!) brunch is a Sunday favorite. Here are some tips on creating the perfect spread:
For a buffet style brunch: fresh and simple is best! A raw bar, like the one pictured above, is a really lovely touch, but make sure you have the proper ice and refresh the spread often to keep things fresh and cold. Including an assortment of jams, jellies, and spreads to go with your pastries is also a nice touch. Another buffet tip - a Bloody Mary bar is a fun and interactive talking point to anchor your brunch spread!
For a full menu brunch: a variety of choices is best to please your guests. Choose some sweet, some savory, and some traditional lunch items (sandwiches, cheeseburgers, etc) to make sure everyone can get what they want! Eggs benedict is an easy favorite and can be dressed up with a variety of proteins from ham to duck breast. Don't forget to keep some items vegetarian/gluten free as brunch can be heavy on the carbs and bacon for those with dietary restrictions. And finally, add sides! Fun to share (and an easy upset for the servers) some small, shareable plates such as a grapefruit brûlée or fried brussels sprouts will elevate your brunch game.
For the drinks: Mimosas are classic, but why stop there? Classic champagne cocktails can be fun and innovative. Bloody marys can be extreme when they are loaded with different ingredients. Particularly for Italian restaurants, don't forget a selection of classic, seasonal bellinis utilizing different fruit purees. Finally, offer some non-alcoholic beverage options: classic cappucinos and fresh pressed juices are easy, classic crowd pleasers.