Photographs by Sang An
One of the greatest things about a menu is how many parts there can be — the appetizers, the entrées, and the dessert, not to mention the additions of soup, salad, or a palate cleanser. And everyone has a favorite part of a meal. What's my favorite? I quite enjoy appetizers, mostly because they are either extremely traditional — French onion soup, Caesar salad, fried calamari — or insanely imaginative — truffled anything, quail eggs Benedict, or outrageous ceviche.
But most people's favorite part is undoubtedly dessert — there's no better way to end a meal than with a sweet send-off, and it can really make or break a dining experience.
To ensure that we set you on the road to victory with a few indulgent desserts that are sure to please even the most fickle taste buds, we turned to an expert.
According to Alice Medrich’s Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts, there are a few magic ingredients that take your average sweet from decent to delectable. Medrich aims to help dessert aficionados "transform a bowl of oranges into dessert, turn chocolate pudding into company fare, or elevate any number of good things."
Stock your pantry with these magic makers and you’re on the right track!