Since the holiday season is getting into swing, I was wondering if anyone had any especially neat ideas for their foods?
For example, pie. Pies are usually 10-12", in a crust, eaten by the slice. Well... Instead of serving the pie as such, why not pour the pie batter into oven safe cups or dishes and bake? Basically, bake it like a crème brûlée. Perhaps put a tiny layer of graham cracker crust on the bottom, or sprinkle some crushed graham crust on top (with lots of whipped cream!) before service. I've done this before with Key Lime pie, and don't see why it wouldn't work with other pie batter. There's a similar dessert concept, called pots de creme, which I think would be a nice change from regular ol' pie as well.
And cake! Instead of baking one large cake, why not makes lots of little ones? Bake the batter in a cookie sheet and after it cools cut it with a circle cutter. Then frost the tops and stack them two or three layers high. Top with fresh berries and powdered sugar. Or shaved chocolate!
Haha, I know I said "food" and posted about desserts... Hm, I suppose if you felt very extravagant instead of turkey for Thanksgiving, you could serve your guests their own quail.
My oven is only toaster-oven sized, so I got some mini tins and made tiny pies. Adorable!
Also...this is the second time the tiny cake thing has come up on my friends list in a week...I like the cookie cutter idea a lot, and don't forget that there are already tins for making mini cakes in a really easy way. I believe the colloquial term is "cupcake".
Ah, I forgot about the miniature pies! Those are great, too.
Cupcakes are good, don't get me wrong. But presentation-wise, they don't have the same impact. I think that a miniature three-layer cake stands a better chance of being seen as elegant than a cupcake. Although... Have you ever frosted a cupcake upside-down So that you hold the top in your hand and eat the stump? There's a place around here that does that, they really do look like miniature cakes! They also put some sort of flavored filling in them, they're quite lovely. I'd almost say they have the shape of giant gumdrops; I'm not sure what they do to make their stumps so small (I guess use less batter than we might) but they blend in perfectly.
Oh, what a lovely idea!
It's the perfect thing to get a little creative with, isn't it?
One of my favorite things to do, personally, in the school cafeteria, is to play at their dessert bar. Today I made a Chocolate and Raspberry layer cake out of their chocolate muffins and raspberries, with whipped cream. I arranged it all pretty in a bowl (unfortunately, it was Styrofoam, which took away a little of the effect). It was delicious ^^
One of my favorite holiday treats is Tassies. They're like miniature pecan tarts, and they're delicious. It's tradition to have them at Thanksgiving and Christmas on both sides of my family.
As far as food is concerned, if you want to do something that's just plain cute, has anyone made black olive penguins? I would have to post pictures, becuase the process is a little difficult to explain in words, but they are adorable, and sit perfectly on a cream-cheese dip "iceberg"!
Haa! Miraculously enough, I found a picture of them online ^_^
Follow the link here, please, since I don't want to post extra images here ^^
The beak and feet are made with large carrot slices--you cut a wedge for the beak and use the rest for feet. When you see the image, they are fairly self-explanatory.
I must say, however, ours were cuter. We used the toothpicks with cellophane on top so they had colorful crests ^_^ We also used jumbo olives for the bodies and regular or small for the heads; the person in the picture appears to have used the same size all over.
Do you get the Food Network? There's a show called Dinner:Impossible where this master chef is dropped into situations he has no control over and has to cook a meal following the guidelines they give him. He did one show where he had to cook for a magician's convention, so everything had to look like one thing and taste like something else. He made a soup that filled half the bowl with a cold ceasar salad soup and the other half with hot pizza-flavored soup, chicken and beef meat loaf that looked like a slice of layer cake, a mini hotdog out of strawberry ice cream with a shortcake bun and pears as onions, and dessert nachos with... something I can't remember, but it was all really realistic-looking. It was really cool looking and I really want to try making the "cake!"