Decadent Dessert Tips

Staff Writer
Give your soirée a sweet send-off
Photographs by Sang An

Create these gorgeous desserts with these tips from Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts by Alice
Medrich

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."

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Stock your pantry with these magic makers and you’re on the right track!