Italians introduced the cannoli and napoleons are enjoyed by way of France. America also boasts its share of sugary delicacies that deliver instant euphoria to every sweet tooth.
Today is Dessert Day. Observed annually on October 14, it is a celebration of rich, creamy confections that have a history of putting smiles on the faces of those who indulge.
It is the perfect day to host a buffet highlighting America’s regional desserts. Before the big day, find a fun way to assign different regions to your guest. You could have them draw their assignment from a hat, then bring a specialty dessert from his or her assigned region.
Ambitious guests may choose to create their own specialty. However, 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 there are states. Since October ushers in cranberry season, why not serve up an apple-cranberry pie for a perfect union of sweet and tart?
Red velvet cake is a timeless classic. Cheesecakes and cream pies are strong representatives for the northeast, while pecan and Key lime pies are quintessential southern sweets.
If your Dessert Day celebration is outdoors, prepare Bananas Foster over the grill, and get some s’mores action going around the fire pit.
W A R N I N G !!
After your guests have consumed all that sugar, they will be bouncing off the walls. So you might want to serve decaffeinated coffee instead of your usual double espresso brew.