Dessert is a typically sweet course that concludes a meal. The course usually consists of sweet foods, but may include other items.There is a wide variety of desserts in western cultures including cakes, cookies, biscuits, gelatins, pastries, ice creams, pies, puddings, and candies. Fruit is also commonly found in dessert courses because of its naturally occurring sweetness. Many different cultures have their own variations of similar desserts around the world, such as in Russia, where many breakfast foods such as blint, oladi, and syrniki can be served with honey and jam to make them popular as desserts. The loosely defined course called dessert can apply to many foods.
Posts about Dessert
    • Bolo Rei and Bolo Rainha: Portugal’s Royal Christmas Treat

      From the beginning of November to the end of January, it’s impossible to pass a pastelaria (pastry shop) without being bombarded by the ubiquitous Bolo Rei (King Cake). This is one of, if not the most, popular Christmas dessert throughout Portugal, consisting of a sweet, brioche-like bread dough with plenty of eggs, filled with various nuts, raisins and crystallized fruit.

      Andrea Smith/ Catavino- 6 readers -
    • Pairing Wine and Cranberry Sauce, Chestnut Stuffing, Cream Corn

      Can we be honest? Holiday turkey dinner is just an excuse for most of us to chow down on our favourite side dish, whether it’s cranberry sauce, chestnut stuffing or sweet potatoes. Often they have more interesting flavours than that dry old bird in the middle of the table. So please, let’s stop kidding ourselves with wine matches for turkey and focus on those pocket cravings.

      Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 8 readers -
    • Cactus Club Wine Matches: Try this at Home

      Cactus Club exec chef Rob Feenie and sommelier-service director Sebastien Le Goff Scratch the surface of a Cactus Club wine list and you’ll often find what constitutes an unlikely line-up of wines—for what we now refer to as “Casual Fine Dining” restaurants. Much of the reason for more interesting than usual selections (especially at ‘flagship’ locations like Cactus Coal Ha ...

      Tim Pawsey/ 7 readers -
  • First Major Wine Tasting Event of the Year Takes Place in a Railroad Museum

    … of the workhorse white grapes in Maryland. Attendees at this special tasting will have opportunities to taste Vidal wines crafted in many different ways from sparkling to dessert and those in between. Tickets for the Vintage Vidal Reception and the Roundhouse Tasting are $80 per person. Tickets for just the Roundhouse Tasting are $65 per person. You can purchase tickets on the Maryland Winery Association website. The elegant event, dress to impress, includes hors d’oeuvres and music by Sac Au Lait. Cheers, Terry …

    Wine Trail Traveler- 4 readers -
  • Fondue Is Where It’s At!

    …, and Hazelnuts were in order. I mean… how could I not after a description like that? Lets just say, it was the absolute best decision! These sweetbreads are crispy, tender, and delectable when paired with the Robinot, L’Ange Vin, Fêtembulles, Jasnière, Loire, France, 2010. This Sparkling Chenin Blanc is crisp, beautiful, and so pair-able with anything pan…

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City - 2 readers -
  • fizzmas: santa’s cookies and moscato

    … Underground Winery, and his family leave Santa doughnuts and Prosecco. They import the NV Villa Giustiniani Extra Dry Prosecco ($27) from The Order of Malta, which helps areas hurt by natural disasters. Even better with cookies would be a sweet bubbly – ideally, you should serve a sweet wine with dessert, and one that’s sweeter than what you’re…

    grapefriend- 2 readers -
  • The greatest dessert wine?

    … varieties included numerous versions of Muscat and Palomino. With the arrival of the Huguenots (refugees from France), the introduction of Chenin Blanc (known as “Steen” in South Africa) and other French varieties were also planted. In 1685, during an annual visit to the Cape, Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein granted the grounds…

    The Sommelier Update- 3 readers -
  • 3 Amazing Dessert wines for the Holidays

    … We all know that wines can be enjoyed with or without food. And we know that wines can be paired with food. But can wines be considered food? In the case of dessert wines, I think the case can be made. Instead of eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream and apple pie, try some or all of the following wines as an after dinner dessert…

    Weekly Wine Journal- 3 readers -
  • Five Holiday Gifts for the Wine Lover in your Life

    …-Confidential-Beyond-Basics-Understanding/dp/1611720141. I know wine well, generally, but there are huge gaps in my knowledge. I am good with California wines, and obviously know Mendocino County wines well, but I do not know the over 3,000 wine grape varieties of Italy and I am nearly as ignorant about Sake. Sake is really more like beer than wine, brewed…

    John Cesano/ John on Wine- 3 readers -
  • Perfect Pairings: ChocolaTas, Whisky and Wine

    … match-ups, especially with reds, where the tannin often fights with the chocolate. The golden rule of sweets and wine pairing applies: that the wine needs to be sweeter than the dessert. However, Veve marries up a yoghurt ganache and cranberry combination perfectly with Domaine des Escaravailles Rasteau Vin Doux 2009 (Liberty Wines). This unusual…

    Tim Pawsey/ hiredBelly.comin Syrah- 4 readers -
  • Bareburger, Columbus

    … onion rings anymore, but these are worth ordering for sure, as are the sweet potato fries. Order the Supreme and you'll get both as toppings. For dessert, the flour less chocolate cake was really tasty, but the cherry compote on the side elevated it well beyond others I've tried. The restaurant sits in what appears to be an old space, with tall…

    Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Wine- 2 readers -
  • NJ Wines to Buy for Christmas and New Year’s

    … Winery Chardonnay – One of this variety, an older vintage, took 4th place among white wines in the “Judgement of Princeton” wine contest held by Princeton University, which paired French wines against NJ wines in a blind taste test. Unionville Vineyards Pinot Grigio - This wine was one of the best Pinot Grigio’s I’ve had. It’s just right. It’s…

    NJ Wine with Me- 6 readers -
  • Coravin – The only gift for wine geeks this holiday season

    …+ years in the industry, I’ve never wanted to recommend a wine gadget until now. It’s truly innovative, practical and interesting. Though better if you’re a geek with a nice cellar, it’s a fun tool for anyone with extra cash on hand. So this holiday season, skip the wine bottle thermometer. Skip the insulated carrying case. Skip the fancy hands…

    Ryan Opaz/ Catavino- 7 readers -
  • 6 Tried and True Wine Pairings for Traditional Foods

    … with a nice cheese platter, you can serve your dry red wine with a grilled cheese sandwich or another basic cheese-based dish. Regardless, you're sure to enjoy the way that the wine pairs with the cheese. 5. Serve a Sweet Wine with Anything Sweet If you are serving a sweet dessert, make sure that the wine that you serve is even sweeter. Even…

    WineWalkabout- 3 readers -
  • Riesling & Dessert: A Radiant Pairing

    … Riesling & Dessert: A Radiant Pairing Riesling to many out there is known to be a sweet German wine that is hit or miss with some palates. I say this after working in the industry for many years now, where every time I mention a Riesling, I get the scrunched nose faces, or the comments like, “no, I don’t drink sweet wines”. Riesling is one…

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City in Cabernet Sauvignon- 9 readers -
  • Music, Shaw, & Right Proper Brewing Company

    … beers. The beauty of these beers start with their low ABV levels; no one wants too much alcohol before watching a show. Or maybe so. In any case, despite these low ABVs, the beer are diverse and flavorful. I started with the farmhouse radler Kodachrome Dream(ing) - a sour tart, creamy, and citrus collaboration with Michael Tonsmeire - The Mad…

    Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompass- 2 readers -
  • Day 7 – Last Day on the Seine!

    … are used from different growing years? Tonight Chef prepared a special Thanksgiving entrée of turkey meat, prune stuffing, French crosne, beet root, carrot mash, and cider sauce for the American passengers as well as a scrumptious cream of pumpkin soup. After dinner, Belgian classical artist La Strada performed in the lounge, delivering a beautiful…

    WineStyles- 3 readers -
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