My latest project for school was a buffet style presentation with petits fours. We had to come up with 4 different types of petit fours and a plate up along with a tablescape. I had a lot of fun doing this project, I decided to make desserts that I love eating when I go to a buffet along with my personal favorite desserts, miniature style. For my theme I went with a Valentine’s day Bridal shower. I was able to find free printable candy bar wrappers, banners, valentine’s bingo online.
For my first dessert I made a Crème brûlée cheesecake with a phyllo wafer crust topped with a raspberry garnish. This was probably the easiest dessert I had to make, the cheesecake was baked in silicone mats for a clean look, all I had to do was pop them out. I cut out small phyllo circles and baked them until they were a light golden brown. To assemble I sprinkled some granulated sugar on top of the cheesecake, torched it, sprinkled more sugar and torched it again. I love playing with the torch! I wish every dessert I could torch! I placed the cheesecake on top of the phyllo crust and garnished it with a glazed raspberry.
My second dessert I made a Raspberry mousse with chocolate cake with a fresh raspberry and blueberry topped with a sugar garnish.
My third dessert I made a Banana Pudding shot, vanilla wafers, vanilla custard, sliced ripe bananas, crème chantilly topped with a banana tuile. Homemade vanilla wafers, who would’ve known it would be so easy! Although they didn’t come out fluffy like the ones we buy at the grocery store they were still very delicious. I might have not piped enough batter though, mines looked more like coins, maybe if I piped them bigger they wouldn’t be as flat (that just reminded me of those flat crispy chocolate chip cookies from Auntie Em’s… hmm….)
My fourth dessert I made a S’mores tart, graham cracker crust, chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallows with a a chocolate garnish.
For my plate up I made a green tea mousse with almond cake topped with crème chantilly, dusted with matcha powder and sugar garnish.
Here’s my tablescape…. the word tablescape always reminds me of Sandra Lee from the Food Network, she always has these crazy tablescapes that I would want to do if I was hosting a dinner party or something.
My favorite was the Crème brûléed cheesecake, it was something different, not the usual graham cracker crust. The phyllo gave it a good crunch when you bite into it. I also really liked the banana pudding shot, it reminded me of a banana cream pie, I love that pie, I just hate that the banana spoils so quickly. Well I have to start brainstorming on what to do for my next project! It’s going to be either a chocolate or sugar showpiece, nothing too crazy just a small showpiece. It’ll be fun I can’t wait!
Recipe for Creme brulee cheesecake
Recipe for Almond Cake (adapted from David Lebovitz)
Recipe for Vanilla Wafers (adapted from Amanda Clarke)
Recipe for Vanilla Custard
Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Mousse
Love Banner (Tom Kat Studio)
Valentine’s Bingo (Libbie Grove Design)
Cupcake Favor Tag (Green Apple Paperie)
Candy Bar Wrapper (Anything but perfect)