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Savoring Sweet Moments

Savoring Sweet Moments

The holiday season is a time of joy, togetherness, and indulgence. As the air becomes crisp and decorations adorn every corner, our taste buds start to tingle with anticipation for the delightful array of holiday desserts that grace our tables. Whether it is the classic favorites that have been passed down through generations or innovative creations that redefine sweetness, these treats hold a special place in our hearts and palates. Join us on a delectable journey as we explore the art of holiday dessert indulgence, from traditional delights to modern marvels that will leave you craving more.

Nostalgic Classics: The holiday season would not be complete without the comforting embrace of traditional desserts that have stood the test of time. From Grandma's warm apple pie with a flaky crust to the rich, velvety texture of homemade eggnog, these classics evoke a sense of nostalgia that warms the soul. Dive into the world of time-honored treasures that bridge the gap between generations and bring back cherished memories.

Luxurious Chocolate Delights: Indulgence takes on a new meaning when it comes to chocolate. The holidays offer the perfect excuse to indulge in decadent cocoa-infused creations that satisfy every chocolate lover's fantasy. From sinfully rich molten lava cakes that ooze velvety chocolate goodness to artisanal chocolate truffles that melt in your mouth, explore the world of luxurious chocolate desserts that add an extra layer of opulence to your festive celebrations at your restaurant.

Creative Takes on Holiday Classics: Put a spin on traditional holiday desserts by infusing them with a burst of creativity. Imagine gingerbread tiramisu that marries the flavors of spicy gingerbread with the creamy decadence of tiramisu, or a playful twist on the Yule log cake with a forest-themed edible landscape. Unleash your culinary expertise and embark on a journey of playful experimentation that will leave your guest’s taste buds dancing with delight. Embrace the spirit of innovation and surprise their taste buds with these unique holiday desserts that put a creative twist on traditional favorites or introduce entirely new flavors and concepts to everyone’s festive table:

1. Candy Cane Cannoli: Put a playful spin on the classic Italian cannoli by incorporating crushed candy cane pieces into the ricotta filling. The sweet and minty crunch of the candy cane complements the creamy filling perfectly, creating a delightful contrast of textures and flavors.

2. Cranberry Orange Pavlova: Combine the tartness of cranberries with the bright citrus notes of oranges in a stunning pavlova. The crisp meringue shell holds a luscious layer of whipped cream infused with cranberry and orange zest, creating a harmonious balance of sweetness and tanginess.

3. Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu: Give the beloved tiramisu a seasonal makeover by layering spiced pumpkin puree between espresso-soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese. The warming spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves elevate the dessert, making it a perfect addition to anyone’s holiday feast.

4. Peppermint Mocha Mousse Cake: Indulge in layers of rich chocolate cake infused with peppermint extract and coffee, alternating with velvety mocha mousse. Top it off with a glossy chocolate ganache and crushed candy canes for a visually stunning and irresistibly decadent dessert.

5. Pomegranate Panna Cotta: Infuse your panna cotta with the vibrant flavors of pomegranate for a refreshing and elegant dessert. The creamy custard base pairs beautifully with the sweet-tart burst of pomegranate seeds, creating a visually striking and palate-pleasing treat.

6. Gingerbread Tiramisu Parfait: Layered desserts are always a hit, and a gingerbread tiramisu parfait brings together the best of both worlds. Alternate layers of gingerbread cake or cookies with spiced mascarpone filling, and top with a dusting of cocoa powder or grated nutmeg for a cozy and festive treat.

7. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit Cones: For a healthier yet indulgent option, create fruit cones by dipping a variety of fruits like strawberries, bananas, and pineapple in melted chocolate. Roll them in chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or crushed cookies for added texture and flavor.

8. Matcha Snowball Cookies: Elevate the classic snowball cookie by incorporating matcha green tea powder into the dough. The earthy and slightly bitter notes of matcha provide a unique contrast to the buttery sweetness of the cookie, resulting in a delightful and visually stunning treat.

9. Savory-Sweet Rosemary Honey Pears: Roasted pears drizzled with rosemary-infused honey offer a delightful blend of sweet and savory. The aromatic rosemary enhances the natural sweetness of the pears, creating an elegant and unexpected dessert that is perfect for sophisticated holiday gatherings.

10. Lavender and Lemon Eclairs: Infuse the delicate choux pastry of eclairs with a touch of culinary lavender and a zesty lemon cream filling. The floral and citrus notes combine to create a fragrant and luxurious dessert that is sure to stand out on your dessert menu.

These unique holiday desserts not only display your culinary creativity but also add a sense of excitement and intrigue to your festive celebrations. Experiment with different ingredients, flavors, and presentations to create memorable desserts that will leave your guests delighted and craving more.


Guilt-Free Pleasures: Holiday indulgence does not always have to come with a side of guilt. Embrace the trend of healthy dessert options that offer the same satisfaction without compromising on flavor. Dive into the world of gluten-free fruit tarts bursting with vibrant colors and natural sweetness or explore the creamy richness of avocado-based chocolate mousse that is as nourishing as it is delicious.

Exploring International Holiday Sweets: Transport your customer’s taste buds around the world by sampling a diverse array of international holiday desserts. From the delicate layers of French Buche de Noel to the fragrant spices of Indian Gajar Halwa, experience a symphony of flavors and textures that showcase the richness of global culinary traditions. Expand your dessert horizons and bring a touch of international flair to your festive table.

Elevating Desserts with Complementary Drinks: Complete your holiday dessert indulgence with the perfect beverage pairings. Discover the magic of pairing a spiced mulled wine with a slice of cinnamon-laced pumpkin pie, or the harmonious union of a velvety port wine with dark chocolate truffles. Elevate your dessert experience by mastering the art of pairing, where each sip and bite enhances the other in a delightful duet.

The holiday season is a time to embrace the joy of indulgence, and what better way to do so than through the realm of desserts? From time-honored classics that tug at our heartstrings to innovative creations that ignite our taste buds, holiday desserts hold the power to create lasting memories and bring loved ones together. So, as your guests gather around the table adorned with these sweet masterpieces, they will take a moment to savor not only the flavors but also the moments of togetherness and happiness that make this season truly magical. Happy indulging!



Carrot and Zucchini Bars with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting



·   2 eggs, slightly beaten – SGC# 193003

·   3/4 cup packed brown sugar – SGC# 051912

·   1/2 cup canola oil – SGC# 054361

·   1/4 cup honey – SGC# 121908

·   1 tsp vanilla – SGC# 169243

·   1 1/2 cups shredded carrot – SGC# 192476

·   1 cup shredded zucchini – SGC# 192340

·   1/2 cup chopped walnuts – SGC# 141739

·   1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour – SGC# 053330

·   1 tsp baking powder – SGC# 052886

·   1/2 tsp ground ginger – SGC# 191515

·   1/4 tsp baking soda – SGC# 053009

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

·   1 (8 oz) pkg reduced fat cream cheese – SGC# 055130

·   1 cup powdered sugar – SGC# 052001

·   1 1/2 tsp lemon zest – SGC# 192676




·   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, oil, honey, and vanilla. Do not worry about clumps of brown sugar, those will dissolve as it sits while you prepare the remaining ingredients.  Then fold in the carrot, zucchini, and walnuts.

·   In another bowl combine add the flour, baking powder, ginger, and baking soda. Whisk to blend together.

·   Add flour mixture to the wet mixture. Stir just until combined. Spread batter into an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

·   Bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

·   Once the cake is cooled prepare the frosting. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the frosting ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Spread or pipe the frosting over the cooled bars.  Makes 36 bars.

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler



For the Cobbler

   1 cup + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour – SGC# 053330

   2 teaspoons baking powder – SGC# 052886

   1/2 teaspoon salt – SGC# 052100

   3/4 cup granulated sugar – SGC# 051805

   1 teaspoon cinnamon – SGC# 191538

   1/2 teaspoon nutmeg – SGC# 191595

   1/2 teaspoon cloves – SGC# 170142

   1/2 cup pumpkin puree – SGC# 074260

   1/4 cup milk – SGC# 195480

   1/4 cup oil – SGC# 065314

   1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla – SGC# 169243


For the Topping

   1/2 cup granulated sugar – SGC# 051805

   1/2 cup brown sugar – SGC# 051912

   1/4 cup chopped pecans – SGC# 141280

   1 1/2 cups very hot water




   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

   In a medium sized bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and spices. Set aside.

   In a smaller bowl, stir pumpkin, milk, melted butter and vanilla together to combine. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix to create a thick batter. Pour into a small 8-inch casserole dish with high sides.

In a separate bowl, stir sugar, brown sugar, and pecans together. Spread over the top of the batter evenly. Pour hot water over the entire thing {without stirring!} and bake for 40 minutes or once the middle is set. {Be sure to place on a baking sheet in case it bubbles over.} Cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with more pecans and vanilla ice cream.