Picnic desserts

Bite-sized is the way to go

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July 31, 2009

There’s absolutely no reason for not having great desserts on a picnic. Making and organizing all the munchies, salads, and sandwiches is easy. But when it comes to desserts, there’s always the question, “What should I do?”

You can always go the store-bought route with mass-produced packaged cookies and candy bars, which of course taste mass-produced. My recommendation is to plan ahead just a little for your picnic or travel and make yummy mini-size desserts. Choosing the right ones means they’ll be easy to make and to carry, and will taste so much better than store-bought.

Venetian Almond Tartlets

When selecting which desserts to make, it’s best to choose those that do not require being kept cool, have the possibility of melting, need any sort of special packaging (re-usable containers are the best for the environment), and can be eaten without utensils. Small, individual sizes are the best way to go.

And if you have a variety of these mini-size desserts, everyone will be pleased. The main idea is to have great-tasting treats with little or no hassle.

Planning ahead usually means that a day or two before your outing, you’ll want to make your desserts. That way, whatever preparation, baking, and/or final assembly that needs to be done will be out of the way on your picnic or travel day.

Here are a few ideas for desserts for your next picnic adventure from my latest book, Bite-Size Desserts: Venetian Almond Tartlets (you’ll need tartlet pans for these, but the investment is worth it!), Pecan Ginger Biscotti, Wicked Brownie Bites, Toasted Pecan Shortbread Bites, Cardamom Butter Cookies, and Triple Lemon Pound Cake.

Enjoy your picnic!

Related recipe: Venetian Almond Tartlets

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1. by Megan Chromik on Jul 31, 2009 at 1:15 PM PDT

I love making mini-desserts... and I agree that trying to have a variety is best. I recently made brown butter raspberry tartlets that were a big hit. In the past I’ve made tarts with a brownie base and cream filling and pecan tassies... and so many other mini delights! I think I need your book!

2. by anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 at 1:18 PM PDT

Thank you for the great tips on making homemade desserts for picnicing and traveling. I have a long flight coming up with a friend and we are going to have our picnic in the sky. Can’t wait for those Venetian Almond Tartlets--yummy.

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