Plated DessertsCOMPONENTS OF A PLATED DESSERT,CONTRASTS, AND SAUCES
5 Components of a Plated Dessert Main item- 3 – 5 ounces Sauce/sauces- 1 -2 ounces Garnish- fruit, chocolate lines,powdered sugar Crunch garnish- cookie, chocolatedecoration, fruit chip, sugar cage Frozen Component (optional)-sorbet, ice cream
Plated Dessert Contrasts Successful desserts havea variety of contrasts Temperature- hot/coldTexture- creamy/crunchyShape- round/squareColor- bright/subtleFlavor- lean/rich, sweet/sour
Composition andContrastsHow could you improve on thesecompositions and contrasts?
Tips For Plating Mise en Place Don’t use overpowering flavors Don’t confuse the eye with too much complexityDon’t confuse the palate with too manyflavorsGlazes should be used sparingly and only ifthey enhance an itemAll items on the plate should be edibleAvoid unnatural colors – black, blueAll plates should be identical
Dessert Sauces Catagories: Fruit based-coulis, fruit sauce,preserve based Custard based-crème anglaise,sabayon Sugar based-caramel Chocolate based- solid chocolateand/or cocoa
Fruit Based Sauces Coulis- uncooked fruit puree Flavored and strained fresh flavor, natural tasting- high moisture content thin, can separate Fruit sauce-cooked fruit puree Flavored, thickened and strainedCornstarch, vantages/disadvantagesInstant starch—advantages/disadvantages Preserve based fruit sauce-thinned fruit preserve Convenience products—advantages/disadvantages
Custard Based Sauces Crème Anglaise-milk/cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla Infused, cooked to nappe Versatile- ice cream base, Bavarian base Proper cooking techniques and sanitation required Sabayon-wine, egg yolks, sugar Whipped until thick and light
InfusionsSolid liquid heat time Infusion Extracting flavor from solid ingredientinto a liquid, by way of heat Zests, herbs, nuts, spices can be used Test and taste for proper flavor profile Rescale out liquid due to evaporation Fat will dilute the infused flavor-adjuststrength accordingly
Sugar Based Sauce Caramel Sauce-thinnedcaramelized sugar Cooked to light, medium or dark caramelTraditional fat based caramel-thinnedwith cream and butterClear caramel-thinned with water, coffee,clear juice, etc.Fruit caramel-thinned with fruit pureeNote: Always consider the servingtemperature of the sauce and adjust theviscosity accordinglyAt whattemperature doessugar begin tocaramelize?
Chocolate Based Sauces Chocolate sauce- chocolate and/orcocoa powder is used as thickenerand flavoring agent Can be thinned with simple syrup orcreamCocoa butter content, chocolate liquorcontent and serving temperature canaffect the final viscosity of the sauceAre milk, white and dark chocolateinterchangeable in all sauce recipes?
Shaped / Formed CookiesCookies that spreadthin during baking;then shaped/formedAlmond Lace2. Cookies that areshaped/ formedbefore baking; thenmolded Tulip Paste, Tuille1.
Garnish Can add crunch plate Adds color/texture Must be balanced with plate profile Delicate designs
Crunch Used when entrée does not contain a crunch element Texture/Visual appeal Can be same as garnish COMPONENTS: Tuile – almond laceSugar decorationsNutsChocolate
Chef SamplerAn artistic composition of desserts, saucesand garnishes
Plated Desserts . 5 Components of a Plated Dessert . interchangeable in all sauce recipes? Shaped / Formed Cookies 1. Cookies that spread thin during baking;