Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Picnic-Desserts | Posted on 30-09-2009
Two Romantic Picnic Desserts
If you have a special someone and want to show them a wonderful time (and who doesn’t?), then I highly encourage you to think about taking him or her out on a romantic picnic. If this thought scares you, it should not; picnics do not have to be complicated affairs with tons of expensive food and hours of preparation. You should enjoy the food, but should really savor your partner – which is why the best romantic picnic recipes are light and easy to make. Desserts are perfect for this. The two romantic picnic dessert recipes below will help you prepare a couple of desserts that will make any picnic nice and special.
Romantic Picnic Desserts Recipes: Strawberry Bliss
This dessert is a classic because of how simple it is – and how great it tastes. At the most basic, you take shortcake (either made from scratch or a mix, or sold pre-made in individual cups from the supermarket), sliced strawberries, and whipped cream. That is essentially it. But this recipe takes it one step further and makes a strawberry treat your partner will love.
If you want to make the shortcake yourself, you can, but to keep this recipe simple and easy to prepare, I recommend buying premade shortcake or sponge cake. If you can find the individual sponge cake cups, (round with a depression in the middle for the filling), even better. Before you go to the picnic, take around two handfuls of strawberries (or more, depending on how much you want) and halve them. Then, place them in a bowl and lightly pour ½ cup of sugar until there is a light cover over the top. Gently mix (without letting the strawberries break), and leave in the refrigerator for an hour. Remove, then gently mash them (not into a pulp, just enough to get more juice from them). Keep the juice. You will also need whipped cream of your choice, strawberry glaze, and powdered sugar.
When you are at your picnic, you and your partner can make your own strawberry shortcakes. Just take a shortcake or sponge cake and top with the strawberries you prepared. Drizzle strawberry glaze on top, and cover with whipped cream and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. If you want to add even more flavor to it, lightly drizzle with chocolate syrup. Trust me, it will taste great.
Romantic Picnic Desserts Recipes: Marbled Brownies
This next recipe is fairly simply to bake and bring with you. After all, who doesn’t like brownies? You will need the following ingredients:
– 1/ 2 cup sugar
– 1 egg (preferably large)
– 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate
– ¼ cup flour
– An additional 2 tablespoons of flour
– One tablespoon of cinnamon
– ½ cup to ¾ cup of softened cream cheese
– 1 egg yolk (large)
– ½ to ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 5 tablespoons of butter (without salt)
– Whipped cream
– Unsweetened cocoa powder
– Powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. If you have tartlet or brownie molds, you can use those. If you do not, then a small glass baking dish will be fine. Butter whichever you use and cover lightly with the cocoa powder. You will then want to soften the chocolate and the butter together over low heat before letting it cool for a few moments. While you are doing this, take the egg and five to seven tablespoons of sugar (seven if you want it extra sweet) and whisk in another bowl. Then, stir in the chocolate, flour, and a pinch of salt into this mixture and spread into the dish or the brownie pans. If you want a cinnamon touch, add in as much as you want to the mixture (but you probably should not add more than a tablespoon).
The next step is to prepare the marbling. To do this, you will need to take the cream cheese and the sugar you have left over and combine those into a creamy mixture. Blend in the vanilla and the egg yolk until it is mixed. This is where it gets fun! Take this cream mixture and spoon over the brownie mix. With a fork, carefully mix the two together with graceful swirls. If you want to go above and beyond, take a toothpick and draw heart shapes in the brownie mix with the marbling. Then, bake for 30 to 40 minutes. You do not want the center to be entirely set when you take them out, but you do want the brownies to be brown and somewhat puffed. Let them cool, then top them off with whipped cream and a little powdered sugar (if you like) and you are set!
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