Thursday, October 8, 2020
It’s no secret that everyone looks forward to eating a delicious meal for dinner after a long day of work, school, errands, chores, etc. A gourmet meal is a way to indulge in the moment -- forget about the hardships of the day, the tasks for tomorrow, and just relax while focusing on the meal. Cooking and eating serve as an escape from reality, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
If you’re anything like us, a few hours after eating a delicious dinner, the sweet cravings begin to set in, but most of the time there’s nothing sweet to eat. The good news is, this article is all about recipes that will satisfy those cravings and leave leftovers for tomorrow night.
Since the fall season is setting in and the weather is starting to dip into those colder temperatures, you may find yourself spending more time inside. This is the perfect time to head to the kitchen and experiment with preparing a gourmet dessert that you and your family, friends, and loved ones can enjoy. The best part is the fruits of your labor usually taste better too!
So, while you’re reclining on the couch underneath a cozy throw blanket scrolling through articles on your phone, take a minute to decide on a gourmet recipe and attempt to create it. We’ve got recipes covered for the chocolate lovers, fruit fanatics, warm and gooey icing fans, and those who just want to entertain those sweet cravings.
Keep reading and we will explain how to make:
- Chocolate Lava Cake
- Blackberry Lime Cream Puffs
- Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
- Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Meringue Roses
Chocolate Lava Cake
An oldie, but a goodie -- this famous classic had to find its way onto our gourmet dessert list. This warm cake with molten fudgy center is sure to hit the spot when it’s too cold to leave the comfort of your home. The bittersweet dark chocolate will satisfy those dessert cravings while not being overpoweringly sweet. This is the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers who want to indulge in luxurious rich chocolate.
This gourmet molten chocolate cake recipe is easy to make and will only take 35 minutes total -- 20 minutes prep time and 15 minutes cook time. That way you get to enjoy your hard work sooner rather than later!
To make these cakes you will need:
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (Valrhona recommended)
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- ¼ cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
Begin by preheating your oven to 450 degrees. Then butter and lightly flour four, six-ounce ramekins. Turn the ramekins over and tap out the excess flour. Set them aside on a baking sheet.
Create a double-boiler by setting a bowl directly over a pot of boiling water. In this bowl, melt the chocolate with the butter. In a different medium sized bowl, beat both the eggs and the egg yolks, sugar, and salt at a high speed until it becomes thick and pale.
Whisk the chocolate until it becomes smooth, then quickly fold it into the egg mixture and add the flour. Spoon the batter into your previously prepared ramekins and bake for 12 minutes. The sides of the cake should be firm, while the centers remain soft. Let the cakes cool inside of the ramekins for one minutes. Then get a dessert plate and carefully place it on top of the ramekin. Gently turn the plate and the ramekin over so that the cake comes out of the ramekin, let it stand for 10 seconds before removing. Serve immediately.
These cakes can be eaten on their own or served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. The batter is also able to be refrigerated before cooking, but be sure to bring it to room temperature before baking it in the oven.
Blackberry Lime Cream Puffs
These delicious cream puffs will satisfy sweet cravings with an extra bite of citrusy tartness. Fruit lovers will indulge in these little puffs that combine delectable cream with tart blackberries and a tangy lime zest. This recipe follows the trend of avoiding the overly sweet desserts and lets the fruit speak for itself!
This simple gourmet cream puff recipe will only cost you 20 minutes of prep time -- the other two hours will be spent basking in the delicious smells flowing from your oven.
To make these cream puffs you will need:
- 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh lime zest, save extra for serving
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 2 ½ cups fresh blackberries, divided
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 24 two inch store bought profiterole shells
- Powdered sugar for garnish
Using a stand mixer, begin by whisking cream cheese with sugar, lime zest, vanilla, salt, ¾ cup blackberries on medium speed until creamy and berries are broken down -- about one minutes. Increase the speed to medium high and add the heavy cream -- beat until whipped, about one more minute. At this point the mixture should be refrigerated for 2 hours, but can be chilled for up to one day.
Transfer the mixture to a pastry piping bag fitted with a medium sized pastry tip, or you can use a zip-lock bag and cut one corner to form a medium sized hole. Cut the profiteroles in half and pipe blackberry filling on the bottom half, dividing the mixture evenly. Top the cream puffs with the remaining 1 and ¾ cups of blackberries and add additional lime zest. Sandwich the cream puffs together and garnish by sprinkling powdered sugar over top off the puffs. Serve immediately.
Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze
Nothing is better than a delicious red velvet cake paired with ooey gooey cinnamon cream cheese glaze. Your tastebuds will be overloaded with joy when they try a slice of this tempting treat. This is a perfect dessert to follow a gourmet dinner that will leave you appropriately full and ready for bed.
This gourmet recipe serves 14, so it’s a great dessert idea for parties or when you want to have a slice of cake every night of the week! Quick and easy 35 minutes of prep followed by 40 minutes of cook time, will only knock an hour and 15 minutes out of your day.
To make this bundt cake you will need:
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
- 2 ½ cups cake flour
- 1 ¼ tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp white vinegar
- 1 ½ tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 ounces red food coloring
For the glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup cream cheese
- ⅛ to ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 to 2 tbsp milk
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a bundt cake pan with cooking spray and lightly dust with flour.
In a large bowl combine butter and sugar using an electric mixer and set aside. Sift together flour and salt and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, baking soda, and vinegar. Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well after each addition. In a small bowl, combine red food coloring and cocoa powder, then add to the batter and mix until just combined.
Pour batter into the bundt pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Baking time will depend on the size of your bundt pan. Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes before turning out onto a rack to remove the cake from the pan. Be sure to let the cake cool completely before adding the glaze.
To make the glaze, use an electric mixer to blend together all ingredients. Add enough milk so that the glaze is thin enough to run down the sides of the cake, but not thin to the point where it is running off the cake. The overall consistency should be thick, but if the glaze becomes too thin, add more powdered sugar. Spoon glaze over top of the cake and let it drip down the sides. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Meringue Roses
This gourmet meringue recipe is for our health conscious foodies who favor light desserts. These light strawberry meringue roses will satisfy your sweet cravings without racking up many calories -- 33 to be exact. So, you can eat three or all 24 in one sitting.
This is another time friendly recipe if you don’t have all day to spend in the kitchen. This will run you 25 minutes prep time and 40 minutes cook time for a total of 65 minutes.
To make these meringues you will need:
- 3 large egg whites
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ freeze dried strawberries
- 1 package strawberry gelatin
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips, melted
Begin by placing the egg whites into a large bowl and let stand for 30 minutes, then preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
Put sugar and strawberries into a food processor and pulse until powdery. Add gelatin and pulse to blend. Next, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy, add vanilla. Gradually add the gelatin mixture one tablespoon at a time, beat on high after each addition until the sugar dissolves. Continue to beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.
Cut a small hole into a piping bag or zip lock bag and transfer meringue to the bag. On a parchment lined baking sheet, pipe two inches roses 1-½ inches apart.
Bake until meringues are set and dry, about 40-45 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave meringues inside for one and a half hours, do not open the oven door during this time. Once the time has passed, remove from the oven and cool on baking sheets.
Remove the meringues from the paper and dip the bottoms into melted chocolate allowing the excess to run off. Place on wax paper and allow to stand for 45 minutes. Store the meringues in an airtight container at room temperature.
These four desserts will be a hit for dessert tonight while ensuring that your sweet cravings are satisfied until you work up the energy to try a new gourmet dessert recipe.