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Dessert Bowls - How to Make Them Stand Out From the Rest
For dessert lovers, they'll say that there is no substitute for dessert bowls. The thought of having to pick up and move an elaborate dessert bowl from one end of the table to another makes them jump with joy. However, it's just one piece of cake when you compare it to the many pieces of cake you see outside in restaurants. If you're someone who appreciates dessert as much as I do, then you'll know how difficult it can be to try and fit a dessert bowl into a relatively small space, especially if you are entertaining guests.
I've been watching the TV programme Top Chef for quite some time, and it has inspired me to make some dessert recipes of my own. After watching Gordon Ramsey's famous No-No dessert, I decided that there was no way I could ever make a dessert like dessert bowls. This was because there are so many different ingredients involved. They all need to work together, and you also need to have an idea about the dimensions, shapes and depths of the bowl you are going to use.
If you are buying dessert bowls, you'll want to measure the size carefully, as they can vary considerably. If you are making a small dessert bowl, such as a square one, you'll need to use fewer ingredients. Similarly, if you are making a dessert bowl which is quite tall, such as a round one, you will need more ingredients and so make fewer layers. It's important that you remember that the bowls you buy will need to stand up to being knocked over.
Another factor that needs to be taken into consideration is aesthetics. Dessert bowls should look great, but this doesn't mean that you have to go for a bright colour. Although this would work, it would be wise not to go overboard. Personally, I prefer dainty shades of pink and white. I don't really think they look too festive or delicious. But if you want a coloured bowl, then I suppose it is up to you.
Once you have decided on your ingredients, you'll need to think about how you're going to arrange them in the bowl. There are two ways you can go about this. Firstly, you can pour the batter into the bowl and gently turn the bowl over so that the ingredients are on the inside. This is probably the most time-consuming method, but it makes your finished dessert look absolutely stunning. Secondly, you can place the ingredients on top of one another. You can create a layered effect, or simply scatter them onto the bowl.
The shape of the bowl can also vary. A rectangular bowl is the most common, although there are some out there that are circular. Try to get as creative as possible. Think about what shape would best match your intended display. Something as simple as a square might not work well, but if you have some artistic talent, then you could try designing a bowl around a basic heart shape or something along those lines.
For decorations you can go for anything, really. I personally like to place an iced tea bag in the center of the bowl. This adds a nice touch, and it's very simple to do! Just pop it in the freezer, and you'll have yourself a lovely iced tea drink when you need it!
As you can see, dessert bowls don't have to be boring. If you spend some time thinking carefully about what you put into them, you can create stunning results that will have everyone raving. So spend some time thinking about how your bowls will look when you've completed them. You'll be surprised at the difference it can make.