TASTY TRENDS: It’s a good day when I get to live vicariously through my own blog topic. So of course you know I’m talking about food today. And not just any food, but desserts and the hottest trends in the treats being created and served in restaurants. According to Food & Wine, the newest trends tasted in the pastry menus include:
Pepper is the new Salt — Salt has been a sweet-salty add to desserts for a bit now, and so pepper is having it’s day, kicking up the heat. You’ll find pepper in tuiles (which are really thin cookies often used to garnish desserts or to make dessert cups), sables (which is a fancy word for a french shortbread cookie), and cheesecakes. Pepper gives that sort of unexpected bite to a food, and so this trend is bringing on that surprise, delight — without being too, too hot.
Brown sugar in the spotlight — Although a common ingredient, it’s now being given top-billing on menu items. Particularly for cakes and cookies. This ingredient trend feels like a feel-good, comfort-food-ish, almost safe direction for desserts consumers.
Chocolate crémeux — Creamy chocolate pudding. Side note: the Food & Wine article links to a recipe for a chocolate crémeux that gets topped with olive oil – huh! OK, so I’m terribly sure where this trend fits in the overall mix. Other than it’s a new spin on things people love most. Hey, the next one I’m not into, but judge for yourself…
Duck fat, lard, and foie gras — Added to cookies, cream puffs, and, yikes, s’mores . Um, s’no thanks. It’s supposed to add a savory element. It feels like an infusion of indulgence…permission to just be bad if you’re going to be bad, and live a little in the moment. And lastly…
Upside-down cake — This one feels like a retro-comfort-food of a comeback. My Mom always made a pineapple version in the 70’s.
So there you have it. Use as inspiration for your weekend cooking — or menu ordering. Or good cocktail party chit chat, e.g., “speaking of cake, did you know that upside-down cakes have made a come-back…” In any case, hope your weekend is like a good dessert: sweet and satisfying (and filled with chocolate, if you so wish). TASTY TREND: Food and Flavor Trends; Feel-Good Foods