Throwing an Elegant Dinner Party? Try Miniature Sweets

Throwing an Elegant Dinner Party? Try Miniature Sweets Recipe

I don't know about you, but to me the best way to end a meal is with something sweet. I think that's probably what my guests remember the most when they come over for dinner. Nobody ever says no to dessert. People are always shy when it comes to big portions but they're always willing to try out a sample. Or two. Or five...

Blackberry Tart Recipe

I recently made my blackberry polenta tartlet with a ginger lime glaze (check out the recipe ) again for a dinner party, but this time I made bite-sized versions. I had made some pasta with pistachio pesto for the main course and as another improvisation, I sprinkled the leftover pistachio powder on top of the tartlets. I think it worked out well and brought a nice contrast of color to the dessert.

This week, I was wandering around one of my favorite places, Williams-Sonoma in the Stanford Shopping Center, in Palo Alto, California. I was so happy to find non-stick petit four pans; these pans are very hard to find. It's a set of thirty with 5 different shapes, all made in France. It was $26. I couldn't ask for a better deal.

I've been using them as often as I can think of a mini-version of a dish, whether it's savory or sweet. Traditional tarts are an elegant finish to any meal, but I always find them so difficult to cut without making a mess.

When all the guests left, there was only one tarlet left in the platter. Maybe they were too shy to take the last bite. Of course, Lulu, gallant as always, swooped in and saved me from having to wrap up the leftovers. He's always such a gentleman.

blackberry tartlette

blackberry polenta tart


[-] So cute - Guest-Bettany
I could eat a dozen of those!
[ Posted at 10:00 AM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] These look great - Guest-MyCarolinaKitchen
These look great. What a terrific idea for a dinner party. Your photos are gorgeous - you have quite the eye.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen. It gave me a chance to meet you. I would have been here sooner but I've been on holiday with no internet access. It's nice to be home to see what goodies every one is eating.

My Carolina Kitchen Website Link
[ Posted at 10:10 AM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
What a precious little array of mini treats!!!! I love bite-sized desserts, they are cute and inviting. Plus, they make people feel special! What a way to treat you guests like royalty :)

Marta Website Link
[ Posted at 1:10 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
these are so adorable! the perfect bite-sized sweet. the combination of flavors sounds awesome. and i have a blackberry bush, so it's perfect! i like your idea about sprinkling pistachios on top. i would think the ginger lime glaze AND the pistachios would be excellent together.

veggievixen Website Link
[ Posted at 1:37 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
Wowow they look great! I love color contrast of the blackberries and the pictachios :)

Karine Website Link
[ Posted at 3:48 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
So pretty and unique, they are just lovely!

Kerstin Website Link
[ Posted at 4:12 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
I love making and eating miniatures of things. I think they look adorable and the pistachio powder actually looks like gold leaf! :o

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella Website Link
[ Posted at 5:58 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
Looks delicious. Anything bite-size is wonderful.

Wendy Website Link
[ Posted at 6:16 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
What a super fantastic idea. Love the idea of dessert bites. Such a deliicous filling to!

Donna Website Link
[ Posted at 7:32 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
What beautiful little bites! I love miniature deserts. They are so elegant and delicious! And I love the flavor combinations here. Just perfect!

Eralda Website Link
[ Posted at 7:57 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] I want that - Guest-JessicaFoodmayhem
a whole set of petit four pans for $26?

Jessica@Foodmayhem Website Link
[ Posted at 8:12 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] :) - Jackie
yup $26
[ Posted at 8:19 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] the food addicts - Guest-TheFoodAddicts
individual desserts are not only adorable, but much easier to share. your pictures are beautiful!!

krissy @ the food addicts Website Link
[ Posted at 8:29 PM on 7/13/09 | Reply ]
Pretty little tartlettes, kafir lime finger glaze soounds super delish :)

Zita Website Link
[ Posted at 1:09 AM on 7/14/09 | Reply ]
What sweet little bites! A wonderful idea!



Rosa Website Link
[ Posted at 1:52 AM on 7/14/09 | Reply ]
[-] pretty - Guest-Akila
These are adorable. Your guests must have loved them.

Akila Website Link
[ Posted at 1:13 PM on 7/14/09 | Reply ]
Awesome creation!

momgateway Website Link
[ Posted at 5:08 PM on 7/14/09 | Reply ]
[-] Kali Orexi - Guest-Maria
Oooohhh, these look gorgeous! I love mini tartlets and these look so fresh and flavorful. Lovely dessert option for a dinner party.

maria Website Link
[ Posted at 5:19 PM on 7/14/09 | Reply ]
Ooohh! These ARE elegant little desserts! I'll certainly check out my WS tomorrow morning for those petit fours pans. No kitchen should be complete without a set of those. (I didn't even know they made such a thing, but I LOVE petit fours. Usually make a big cake and cut it into little squares.)

Tammy Website Link
[ Posted at 8:10 PM on 7/14/09 | Reply ]
Oh, I love any dessert when it's mini. Somehow makes it taste even better. The tarts look just perfect.

Michelle Website Link
[ Posted at 11:40 AM on 7/15/09 | Reply ]
These miniature sweets look perfect for a dinner party!

Viners Website Link
[ Posted at 7:16 AM on 11/11/10 | Reply ]


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