Italians introduced the cannoli and gelato. Napoleons and chocolate mousse are enjoyed by way of France. These rich, creamy confections have a history of putting smiles on the faces of those who indulge. America also boasts its share of sugary delicacies delivering instant euphoria to every sweet tooth.
On October 14, Dessert Day, host a buffet highlighting regional desserts and request that each guest contribute to the event.
Before the big day, find a fun way to assign different regions to your guest. For example, you could have them draw their assignment from a hat. Each guest will bring a specialty dessert from his or her assigned region.
Ambitious partygoers may choose to create their own specialty. The culinary challenged can feel free to darken the doorway of their favorite bakery. The goals are to arrange a buffet that represents America’s sweet traditions and to achieve the ultimate sugar rush.
No dessert is more American than apple pie and there are more variations than states. Since October ushers in cranberry season, why not serve up an apple-cranberry pie for a perfect union of sweet and tart?
Pumpkin pie and red velvet cake are timeless classics. The cheesecakes and cream pies are strong representatives for the northeast while pecan and Key lime pies are quintessential southern sweets. Other favorites include fudge brownies, ice cream sundaes and chocolate chip cookies.
If you hold your Dessert Day celebration outdoors, supplement this buffet by preparing Bananas Foster over the grill, and get some s’mores action going around the fire pit.
Please beware, once they have consumed all that sugar, your guests will be bouncing off the walls. You just might want to serve decaffeinated coffee instead of your usual double espresso brew.