Dessert Charcuterie Board Ideas

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Making a dessert charcuterie board is a great idea for your next dinner party. It takes a lot of preparation, but the end result of how beautiful your dessert charcuterie board looks will all be worth it!

45 ideas for making a dessert charcuterie board

  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Plain pretzels
  • Rice krispie squares
  • Sugar cookies
  • Tarts
  • Raspberry thumbprint cookies
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Marshmallows
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Wafer cookies
  • Strawberries
  • Brownies
  • Peanut butter
  • Cookies and cream chocolate bar
  • Truffles
  • Graham crackers
  • Mendiants
  • Gingersnap
  • Grapes
  • Raspberry jam
  • Strawberry jam
  • Macaron
  • Peanut butter cup
  • Chocolate covered raisins
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Kiwi
  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
  • Pocky
  • Cashews
  • Shortbread
  • Oreos
  • Mandarin orange slices
  • Melted chocolate for dipping
  • Apple slices
  • Lemon loaf
  • Banana bread
  • Caramel sauce
  • Peanut butter cookies
  • Caramelized popcorn
  • Vanilla cake slice
  • Carrot cake slice
  • Cinnamon roll
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries

How to make a dessert board

To make a dessert charcuterie board, gather your items:

  • Large wooden board/cutting board
  • Several small bowls
  • A few small knives/spoons for sauces
  • Melting chocolate (optional)
  • Food for your dessert charcuterie board
  1. Prepare your foods – slice fruit, cake, loaves, into bite sized pieces.
  2. Place your sauces on the charcuterie board – jam, peanut butter, etc. Only place the ones that will hold their space directly onto the wooden board. You can put them on the board with a knife or spoon, just put a heaping spoonful amount onto the board in random places. Place your other liquid sauces that need to be contained in small bowls – caramel sauce, melted chocolate.
  3. Place your fruit, cake, loaves, nuts, popcorn, pretzels, chocolate, cookies in random spots on the dessert board. Try to fan out the fruit, slices of cake, cookies, etc. so it looks presentable and eye catching.
  4. Add your cutlery to the sauces as needed.
  5. Serve immediately. If you’re preparing ahead of time, melt the chocolate for dipping right before serving. You can cover your board with plastic wrap to ensure your cakes don’t dry out before serving.
dessert charcuterie board ideas

How to make a mini dessert charcuterie board

You’ll need 

  • 1-2 types of fruit 
  • 1 cake
  • 1 cookie
  • jam/sauce (optional)
  • melting chocolate (optional)

Prepare your food by slicing your fruit, and cutting your cake into bite sized pieces. Depending on how big your cookies are, you might want to break them in half before placing on your mini dessert charcuterie board. Put your jam/sauces/melted chocolate into tiny bowls. Put the bowls in the center of your mini dessert charcuterie board. Consider putting the jam directly onto your charcuterie board to save space. Arrange your cookies, cakes, and fruit around the board in sections that look tasteful. Creating a mini dessert charcuterie board is enough for 2 people to have dessert comfortably.

How to make a chocolate dessert board

To make a chocolate dessert board, you’ll need between 4-7 different types of chocolate:

  • White chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Milk chocolate
  • Flavored milk chocolate, ex. Mint, orange, fruit & nut, etc.
  • Truffles
  • Wafer filled chocolate
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Chocolate covered raisins or cranberries
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Chocolate covered cookies

Select your chocolate for your chocolate dessert board. Break the chocolate into 2-3 piece sections. Arrange the different kinds of chocolate items randomly on the chocolate board. You could consider putting a couple of types of fruits – raspberries/strawberries or some peanut butter on the chocolate dessert board as well to give it a bit of variety.

How to make a cookie charcuterie board

To make a cookie charcuterie board, you’ll need 3-5 different types of cookies:

  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Wafer cookies
  • Raspberry thumb cookies
  • Peanut butter cookies
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Oatmeal raisin cookies
  • Gingersnaps
  • Sugar cookies
  • Chocolate kiss cookies
  • Biscotti
  • Macarons
  • Macadamia nut cookies
  • Oreos 

Select your cookies for your cookie charcuterie board. Consider breaking the cookies into 2 halves if they are large. Place the cookies onto the cookie charcuterie board by fanning them out in different sections of the board. Add peanut butter, melting chocolate for dipping, and marshmallows on the cookie charcuterie board as well to give it a bit of variety for dipping or for making s’mores with.

How to make a pretzel charcuterie board

To make a pretzel charcuterie board, you’ll need 3-5 different types of pretzels plus 1-2 dipping sauces:

  • Plain pretzels
  • Milk chocolate covered pretzels
  • Dark chocolate covered pretzels 
  • White chocolate covered pretzels 
  • Stick shaped pretzels
  • Raspberry jam 
  • Strawberry jam 
  • Blueberry jam
  • Blackberry jam
  • Melting chocolate for dipping
  • Peanut butter
  • Caramel sauce
  • Honey

Pretzels are very versatile so you can add a lot of different items to make a pretzel charcuterie board. You can add a selection of jams and sauces to accompany your array of pretzels. Place the sauces into small bowls with cutlery to go with them. Put the small bowls in the center of the board. You can place the jams directly on the board to save space. Put the pretzels onto the pretzel charcuterie board in different sections so it looks eye catching.

How to make a birthday dessert board

To make a birthday dessert board, you’ll need to include at least a few items with sprinkles. You could include a bowl of sprinkles on your birthday dessert board. Your guests can dip fruit into the melting chocolate, and then put a few sprinkles on the chocolate to make it extra special. For a birthday dessert board, put a small slice of birthday cake in the center. When you’re ready to serve your birthday dessert board, place a lit candle in the birthday cake so you can still sing the person “Happy Birthday!”

Creating dessert charcuterie boards are so fun to prepare for your guests and family. It’s all in the preparation and presentation to have it stun your guests. They will love the attention to detail and the variety of dessert available to them!

What to Put on Waffles for Breakfast

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If you’re struggling to decide what to put on your waffles for breakfast, there are countless foods you serve on your waffles that your family will love!

27 Things to put on waffles for breakfast

  • syrup
  • whipping cream
  • blueberry sauce
  • raspberry-strawberry sauce
  • strawberry sauce
  • blackberry sauce
  • freshly sliced strawberries and whipped cream
  • syrup and icing sugar
  • hazelnut spread
  • peanut butter
  • eggs benedict (waffles substituted for English muffins)
  • sliced bananas
  • fruit and honey
  • caramel sauce
  • chocolate sauce and chocolate chips
  • cinnamon and sugar
  • butter
  • yogurt
  • sliced apples
  • raspberries
  • vanilla custard
  • peaches and cream
  • cream cheese
  • fried chicken
  • pumpkin spice infused whipped cream
  • maple glaze
  • fried egg, maple infused cream sauce, bacon, and sliced avocado
What to Put on Waffles for Breakfast

You could also consider creating a waffle bar for your family breakfast or for your next brunch.

How to make your own waffle bar at home

You’ll need a few small bowls for your waffle bar items to be in.

Try to include 3-5 items for your waffle bar including: variety of fruit, syrup, fruit sauce, freshly sliced fruit, and butter.

Your family and guests will love dressing up their waffle with an array of toppings. The presentation is everything when it comes to a waffle bar.

Include a selection of juices, mimosas, coffee, and teas alongside your waffle bar. This will make your guests ooh and ahh over your incredible hosting skills!

How to make a waffle bar

How to keep waffles warm without getting soggy

To keep waffles warm without getting soggy, heat your oven to 200 degrees F and keep your cooked waffles warm in the oven until you’re ready to serve them. Place your cooked waffles in a glass oven safe dish in the oven. The waffles will keep well in there for up to 1 hour. This way, you can cook the waffles prior to your guests arriving and have them all ready to serve at the same time.

How to keep waffles warm without getting soggy

How to store waffles

Store your cooked waffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Store your waffles for longer in the freezer in an airtight container. In between each layer of waffles, place a piece of parchment paper. This will prevent the waffles from freezing together.

How to reheat frozen waffles

Reheat frozen waffles by placing them in the oven at 350 degrees F for 15 min on an oven safe pan. They will crisp up nicely.

DIY Halloween Candy Delivery System

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How to make your own Halloween candy delivery system using a bucket and pulley. This is a self serve Halloween candy system where you would refill the bucket as needed. We recommend only filling the bucket as much as you need to, and then refill it. Halloween can be difficult if you’re planning on going touchless this year. Here is one of example of how to deliver candy safely for Halloween in 2020.

What you’ll need to make your own Halloween candy delivery system:

  • rope
  • bucket
  • lights
  • duct tape
  • candy treats
  • decorations
self serve halloween candy

Gather your materials.

how to make touchless halloween candy delivery system

Begin by measuring and cutting your rope accordingly. Tie the rope to your bucket so it’s nice and secure.

how to make a self serve halloween treat delivery system

Measure where your decoration will need to be placed on the rope so it will hang just about the handle of the bucket. Tape it with duct tape or another tape that will hold up even in the rain.

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Decorate your bucket with webbing or caution tape.

how to make a touchless halloween candy delivery system

Tape the battery box for your lights to the bottom of the bucket. Make sure you don’t tape the button for the lights.

how to secure lighting to a bucket

Wrap the wired lights around the rope. Once you reach the end of the wire, wrap it the opposite way to secure the end.

Now you’re ready to use your self serve Halloween candy bucket and pulley system! Place your Halloween treats in the bucket, and deliver them to your trick or treaters. Pull the bucket back towards you to refill the bucket.

self serve halloween candy

What Do You Put on Banana Bread

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Banana bread can be a snack, breakfast, or dessert depending on what you’re putting on your banana bread.

The most typical way banana bread is served is warmed up, and then you spread butter on one side of the slice.

You an put so many condiments on top of banana bread to spice it up depending on the time of day you’re eating banana bread.

15 Things to Put on Banana Bread

  • butter
  • hazelnut spread
  • peanut butter
  • almond butter
  • ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • whipped cream and berries
  • vanilla custard
  • cream cheese
  • maple syrup
  • fresh berries
  • honey
  • cinnamon and sugar
  • chocolate sauce
  • caramel sauce

If you’re wanting to make a sandwich out of banana bread, you can fill your sandwich with hazelnut spread, peanut butter, and sliced fresh bananas.

What Do You Put on Banana Bread

How to store bananas for banana bread

Bananas can be stored at room temperature until they are brown and ready to bake for banana bread. You can also store brown ripe bananas in the freezer and then thaw then out at room temperature for about an hour prior to making banana bread. The darker the skin on the banana, the more sugar the banana has in it. The dark brown skin on a banana indicates it’s the best for making banana bread because you want to bake with bananas that have a high sugar content. This makes the bread extra tasty and delicious.

What happens if you don’t use ripe bananas for banana bread?

If you don’t use ripe bananas for banana bread your bread could end up tasting more tart, and not as fluffy and sugary as if you used ripe bananas. Unripe bananas are more difficult to mash up, so this could lead to a lumpy dough. Therefore your bread could be more dense. If you’re planning on using unripe bananas, make sure to mash you bananas more than you think you need to, and add a bit more sugar into your banana bread dough. This should mitigate the pitfalls of using unripe bananas for banana bread.

What happens if you don't use ripe bananas for banana bread

How long do you have to cool banana bread for

Cool banana bread for at least 15-20 minutes before serving. If you’re wanting to store the banana bread, be sure to let the banana bread cool for at least 1 hour before putting it in an airtight container. If you don’t wait long enough, condensation can form inside the container and make the bread wet – this can ruin it and make it go bad much faster. Wait until the banana bread has cooled to room temperature when you touch the sides of the loaf. This will indicate it is ready to be stores away in an airtight container.

How do you keep banana bread moist?

When banana bread is fresh it has a distinct moist, luscious, rich flavor to it. To prevent banana bread from drying out, keep it in an airtight container. You can wrap the banana bread up in plastic wrap as well, but make sure to store in an airtight container. The banana bread will remain moist when the air is kept from drying it out.

How to store banana bread in the freezer

Store your banana bread in the freezer by putting it in an airtight container. This will keep the frost and air off of your banana bread keeping it as fresh as possible. When you want to thaw your frozen banana bread, place it at room temperature. It should thaw in a couple of hours, depending on how large of a piece is frozen. If you’re freezing the whole loaf of banana bread, leave it overnight to thaw out at room temperature.

How to reheat banana bread

You can reheat banana bread by warming it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds per slice, or by placing it in the toaster oven for 1 toast cycle. By toasting the bread it will give it a crispy edge and a warm center.

Stuff to Make with Pizza Dough

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  • Pizza pinwheels with pepperoni
  • Bread sticks
  • Calzone
  • Flatbread
  • Italian garlic knots
  • Pot Pie
  • Pigs in a blanket (small hot dogs wrapped in dough, then baked)
  • Toads in a hole (breakfast sausage wrapped in dough, then baked)
  • Breakfast Flatbread
  • Quiche
  • Breakfast bruschetta
  • Pretzels
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Stromboli
  • Pizza dough filled appetizers

How to make pizza dough filled appetizers

Cut pizza dough into rectangles that will fit in a muffin tin with a bit of overhang. Fill the pizza dough with toppings inside the muffin tin. Bake for 15-20 min at 350 degrees F.

How to add flavor to pizza dough

How to store leftover pizza dough

Leftover pizza dough can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. The dough will keep rising in the fridge, so sometimes it will break open the airtight container. Leftover pizza dough can be stored for up to 2 days in the fridge.

How to store pizza dough after it rises

After your pizza dough rises, you can keep it on your counter for a couple of hours before using it . If you won’t be using it the same day, store it in the fridge overnight.

How to let your dough rise overnight in fridge

You can let your dough rise overnight in the fridge very easily. Dough that is made with yeast will constantly be rising and expanding in the fridge or on the counter. It creates gas bubbles that make the dough increase in size. After your dough has risen overnight, punch it down to release the gas bubbles and then you can roll out your dough and bake your recipe.

How to make pizza dough a day ahead

You can easily make pizza dough a day ahead and then store the dough in the fridge overnight. It will continue to rise and expand, even if you put it in an airtight container. Once you’re ready to use your dough, let it come to room temperature ~20 min. Then roll out your dough and bake your pizza. You can store your pizza dough in the fridge for up to 2 days in the fridge.

How to add flavor to pizza dough

Adding flavor to pizza dough is fairly simple to do by adding a few of your favorite spices:

  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • garlic salt
  • garlic flakes
  • chili flakes
  • Italian seasoning (if you want to make it easy on yourself)

You can add 1 tsp – 1 tbsp in total of your spice mixture to your pizza dough. Add the spices to your dough when you add the flour. Mix the flour and spices together first, then add them to your pizza dough. The spices will even distribute as the stand mixer kneads your pizza dough, adding an aroma of flavors to your pizza dough. You will love the added burst of taste in your herbed flavored pizza dough.

When you’re making your pizza dough, instead of using regular extra virgin olive oil, you can use garlic infused olive oil. It will add a punch of garlic flavor to your pizza dough. Alternatively, you can make your pizza dough, roll it out, and add a brushing of garlic infused olive oil to the pizza dough where you plan on putting your pizza sauce. The garlic olive oil will give you a savory taste to your palate.

herbs for pizza sauce

How to Seal Dough

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To seal dough, this depends on what type of dough you are sealing. If you’re sealing puff pastry, use a bit of water or egg to seal the edges together. You can pinch the pastry together to seal the dough.

Be sure not to overfill with filling. If any of your filling gets on the pastry you want to seal, this can make it difficult to seal the pastry together. This is due to the oil or fat that is present in your filling. Water or eggs cannot seal fat together, so it makes it difficult to seal your dough.

When making foods like a calzone or a sausage roll, make sure your dough is at room temperature. This will make it easy to roll out and seal your dough.

Once you’ve sealed the dough with your fingers by pushing down on the dough, use a fork to press down on the edges of the pastry to complete the seal. The calzone/dough pockets need to be poked on the top with a fork to allow for aeration. This helps let the steam out of your food when it’s cooking. The seal will remain intact without the steam trying to push open your pastry dough.

How to seal dough

How to seal puff pastry without eggs

You can seal puff pastry without eggs by using water. Dip your finger into a dish of water and run your finger down the pastry where you plan to seal the edges. Press the edges together. Then use a fork to push the seams together which will create a good seal for puff pastry.

How to seal pastry edges

Pastry edges can be sealed using water or egg along the very edge of pastry. Squish the pastry edges together once you have wet the edges with water or egg. This should hold the seal well for pastry.

How to seal pastry edges

What is a pastry crimper?

A pastry crimper seals the edges of dough and adds decoration to the dough as you run it along the edges. A pastry crimper is going to cut the dough for you to give you that beautiful edging on ravioli, pie crust, etc.

A pastry crimper is also known as a pastry edger.

You can make decorations for your pie crust using a pastry edger. If you want to make some decorations for the top of your pie crust, you can use cookie cutters to cut your pie crust into shapes. Then use your pastry edger to make the edges have a bit more texture and depth to them. Your guests will love how beautiful your pie turns out.

If you don’t have a pastry edger, you can also use your fingers to pinch the pie crust to make it have triangles all the way around the pie. Another way to decorate the pie ege is by pushing the dough in between your 1 index fingers and folding it in a tiny bit at an angle. This will create long pieces of dough that will fold in and create a rope looking decoration all around your pie. If you want a more simple design, push the tip of your finger into the dough all the way around the pie to make small rounded circles for your pastry edge. You can get creative with utensils at home by using a fork and criss crossing a design on your pastry edge.

pastry edger

Lemon Tart Garnish Ideas

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Lemon Tart Garnish Ideas

Lemon tart garnishes can range from dusted powdered sugar to cookie cutter pie toppings.

Lemon Tart Decoration Ideas:

  • candied lemon slices
  • dusted powdered sugar
  • white chocolate scrolls – made using a potato peeler against a bar of white chocolate
  • melted white chocolate, then put 2 diagonal lines next to one another, and another 2 diagonal lines intersecting about an inch from the edge of the lemon tart
  • trio of blueberries
  • trio of blackberries
  • raspberries in the center
  • kiwi slices

How to make pie crust decorations

Pie crust decorations are made using leftover pie dough. The pie dough is then cut using cookie cutters and made into pie crust decoration that can be arranged on the top of a cooked and cooled pie.

How to make pie art using cutouts

Pie art is easy to do with some leftover pastry dough from making your pie.

  1. Roll out your leftover pie crust. The thickness of your pie art dough should be ~1/4”
  2. Using cookie cutters, carefully cookie cut the pie dough into shapes you want to top your pie with.
  3. Bake the pie art when you’re cooking your pie. Usually cooking them for 5-8 min until they just begin turning color on the edges. Do not overbrown them or they will be overcooked.
  4. Once your pie has finished cooking and cooling, arrange the pie art on your pie.
  5. Serve!
How to make pie art using cutouts

Pie crust cut outs are so simple and yet so stunningly beautiful to change your pie from boring to beautiful! Try to make them a theme for your guests so it goes with the occasion. If you don’t have any themed cookie cutters, stars and hearts are a great combo to try out.

how to make pie crust decorations

How to make pie crust flowers

To make pie crust flowers you have a few options to choose from. Pie crust flowers can be made using cookie cutters. Once you’ve decided on your cookie cutters, you can use a narrow tool to add any more decorations to your pie cutouts. You can add stems, details, drawings on your pie cutouts before baking.

How to make rose pie crust flowers

Rose pie crust flowers are made using a circle cookie cutter. Then roll the dough up. Cut the dough in half in the middle. Stand the rose pie crust flower up on the flat side. Bake the rose pie crust flower with it standing up. It should just be starting to turn a light brown, and then it will be finished baking.

You can bake pie art for 5-8 min at 375 degrees F. These can be baked on an aluminum baking pan at the same time as your pie goes in the oven. Just make sure to watch your pie crust art very closely to make sure they don’t burn.

how to make pie crust decorations

Pie crust decorations will be a great decoration to add to a pie or a tart. You can use an egg wash (1 egg + 1 tbsp milk) and brush your pie crust decorations before they go into the oven for an added glistening effect for your pie crust decorations. You can also dust them with powdered sugar for a starry look to them. Get creative and start decorating your pie crusts the next time you’re having guests over for pie!

How to Dice Butter

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Dice butter by getting your exact amount out of your fridge. The butter should be cold before dicing. Put the butter on a cutting board. Slice the butter using a knife every 1 cm. Slice the butter the opposite way creating squares that are 1 cm in thickness. Turn the butter onto it’s side, and slice the butter horizontally every 1 cm. Now you have diced your butter to create cubes of butter that are 1 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm.

What is cold butter

Cold butter is butter that is in the fridge which has a temperature of 2-6 degrees Celsius. Typically cold butter is used to cut into recipes used for baking scones and pastry.

How to cut butter into flour using a food processor

Cutting butter into flour with a food processor is very simple.

  1. Set up your food processor using your S blade.
  2. Place all of your dry ingredients into the food processor.
  3. Place cold butter that has been cubed into the food processor.
  4. Pulse the food processor in short intervals until the butter/flour mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

How to slice butter

Butter that needs to be sliced must be at fridge temperature. Get a sharp knife and put the butter on a cutting board. Place your knife as close to the edge of the butter as possible and push down your knife into the butter. Your butter should cut nicely into sections.

What is the tool that cuts fat into flour

The tool that is used to cut fat into flour is called a pastry blender. A pastry blender has sharp metal running the length of the tool that cuts butter into sections. The pastry blender is pressed into the butter and then turn a 1/4 turn when in the dry ingredients. This creates the coarse crumbs.

How to grate butter without a grater

Have your butter in the freezer before you try to grate your butter. If you don’t have a grater, you can use a potato peeler to grate butter for your recipe. A potato peeler is an easy to use tool to grate butter without a grater. It will create longer strands of butter than a grater, but it will work in a pinch.

What can you bake with unsalted butter

Unsalted butter is used in baking for recipes that need a controlled amount of salt. Salt can add a lot of flavor in recipes which can ruin the flavor if you use salted butter instead of unsalted butter. Unsalted butter is much fresher than salted butter. Unsalted butter is only has a shelf life for 1 month, versus 3-4 months for salted butter.

You can bake several foods with unsalted butter:

  • Croissant dough
  • Pastry cream
  • Scones
  • Caramel sauce
  • Pastry
  • Pie crust
  • Tart shells

Why do you cut butter into flour?

Butter is cut into flour to create small pieces of butter that resemble coarse crumbs. The small pieces of butter melt into the dough as it bakes. This creates flakes of buttery pastry that melt in your mouth. Pastries that are made with butter that is cut into flour need to be carefully mixed when adding liquid ingredients. The pastry dough should not be overmixed. Make sure you use gentle mixing for your making your pastry dough.

How to Fold Croissant Dough

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Croissant dough needs to be meticulously folded, rolled and rested at specific times for it to turn out how you want it to.

How to make a butter sheet

To create a butter sheet, bring your unsalted butter to room temperature. Typically it’s about 1 1/2 cups of butter to create a butter sheet.

Place a silicone mat on an aluminum baking sheet. Put your room temperature butter on the silicone mat. Have your tape measure ready for your specific measurements your recipes requires. Using a spatula, push the butter to move it onto the silicone mat to spread it out. Try to make the butter sheet the same thickness throughout the rectangle you’re creating. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Use your spatula to push the butter into itself to create corners that you need for your measurements. Place your butter sheet in the fridge for 30 min. Then it’s time to place it into the dough.

How to place butter in croissant dough

Once you’re ready to place your butter into your croissant dough, get your croissant dough and butter layer out of the fridge. Peel your butter layer off of the silicone mat. Arrange your croissant dough on the bottom, and your butter layer at a diagonal to the dough rectangle. Try to place the butter as close as possible that you think each of the sides of dough will comfortably go over your butter layer. Then using your fingers, fold the dough over the butter layer to create an envelope. Seal the envelope by pushing the dough together at the seams.

How to make butter sheet
How to place butter in croissant dough

Now it’s time to fold your croissant dough by laminating the butter.

How to laminate croissant dough

Laminating dough is defined as creating layers of butter in between pastry.

Begin by rolling out your envelope croissant dough = 20” x 10”. Then fold your croissant dough into a letter shape. Fold the bottom to 1/3 of the way up. Then fold the top 1/3 of the way down.

how to fold croissant dough
how to laminate croissant dough

Now you’ve created 3 layers of butter. Roll out your dough again to 20” x 10”. Fold again like a letter. You’ve now made 9 layers of butter laminated croissant dough. Place it in the fridge for 30 min. You’re ready for your final folding of croissant dough. Fold like a letter. You have 81 layers of butter laminated croissant dough. You’ve completed your laminating butter layers. It needs to rest for 4-24 hours in the fridge before shaping your croissants.

Laminated dough example

81 layers of butter for croissant dough

This is an example of 81 layers of butter laminated for croissant dough.

How to Shape Croissants

Roll out your croissant dough until it’s 8”x20”. It should be pretty thick ~ a couple of cm’s thick. Cut your dough into 4”x 5” sections. Cut the rectangle into a triangle by slicing the rectangle from point to point. Stretch the triangle to an 8” long piece of croissant dough. To shape your croissant dough, make a small slit in the bottom of the croissant ~1/2 cm. It should be cut right at the base in the middle. Then roll your croissant up. Place the pointed end down to the pan to hold the croissant closed.

how to cut croissant dough

If you’re looking for chocolate croissants, Cut your 4” x 5” rectangle in half to create 2 – 2” x 5” strips. Stretch the strips until they’re 8” long. Place semi-sweet chocolate/chocolate chips on one end of the strip of dough ~10 chocolate chips. Roll the doll over the chocolate chips. Continue rolling until the end of the dough. Place the end of the dough down onto the aluminum baking pan.

how to shape croissants

How to Proof Croissants

Proof croissants by letting your shaped croissants sit for 1 hour at room temperature, and then 1 hour in the fridge. Place cling wrap over the croissants loosely to prevent them from drying out. Then you can egg wash and bake your croissants.

pain au chocolat proofing
how to proof croissants overnight
croissants with egg wash

How to Proof Croissants Overnight

Proof croissants overnight by having your shaped croissants for 1 hour at room temperature, and then overnight in the fridge. The croissants can be in the fridge for 12 hours before baking. Be sure to put cling wrap over your croissants while they’re proofing to prevent them from drying out.

Where to store freshly baked croissants

Store your freshly baked croissants in an airtight container at room temperature. Let them fully cool before storing them. Your freshly baked croissants will store for up to 2 days at room temperature.

How to Serve Ice Cream at a Dinner Party

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Serving ice cream at a dinner party can be a fun and exciting dessert to serve your guests. Dinner parties are typically fancy, formal, and people expect something more than the norm.

To impress your guests, there are a few ways to serve ice cream for your dinner party.

chocolate ice cream in a silicone mold with caramel and oreo crumbs

How to Serve Ice Cream Buffet Style for a Dinner Party

Serving ice cream buffet style is all in the preparation. You need to have a few small bowls for toppings for your ice cream. Select 4-5 toppings for your dinner party. Prepare your toppings in your small bowls before your guests arrive. Pick 1-3 flavors of ice cream for a bit of variety. Let your guests make their own buffet style ice cream.

25 Toppings for ice cream:

  • Oreo crumbs
  • sprinkles
  • caramel sauce
  • chocolate sauce
  • strawberry sauce
  • bananas
  • mango
  • kiwis
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • apples
  • pecans
  • Rolos
  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter cups
  • whipped cream
  • pretzels
  • marshmallows
  • salted caramel sauce
  • toffee bits
  • hot fudge
  • slivered almonds
  • mint chocolate chips
  • brownie pieces

How to Serve Layered Ice Cream for a Dinner Party

Making a layered ice cream for a dinner party should be prepared 1 day in advance to have the ice cream freeze well before serving.

You’ll need:

  • as many small half sphere silicone molds as guests coming to your party
  • 3 types of ice cream that go well together, or 2 types of ice cream + chocolate ganache that has been frozen
  • 1-3 toppings for the ice cream

Decide if you want to do 3 layers of ice cream, or 2 layers of ice cream and 1 inner layer of chocolate ganache. You could make dark chocolate ganache, milk chocolate ganache or white chocolate ganache as your center filling. This should be made the day before you’re preparing your molds, and then frozen so you’re ready to fill your silicone molds the following day.

Begin by selecting the ice cream for your outer layer. Your outer layer will be the one that will have your toppings on it.

how to put ice cream in silicone mold for dessert

Place your ice cream in the silicone mold. Use a metal spoon to press the ice cream around so that all of the sides are covered in ice cream. Try to make it a 1/2 cm in thickness. Place each silicone mold in the freezer in an airtight container as you complete them. They will start to melt very quickly and it will be messy.

Freeze for 30 min – 1 hour. Then you’re ready for your next layer. Select your inner layer of ice cream. Use a fresh metal spoon to put the ice cream in the molds. Press the ice cream into the first layer so it’s completely covered. The thickness isn’t as important for this one, just make sure you leave a bit of space for the center flavor.

Freeze for 30 min – 1 hour. Now you’re ready for your final layer. Use a melon baller or a fresh spoon to scoop your center layer of ice cream or ganache. Chocolate ganache is typically very hard when it comes right out of the freezer, so it’s best if you thaw it out for 5-8 min before trying to scoop it. Press your final layer into your silicone mold. It doesn’t have to be flat by any means, just make sure it’s filled and pressed into your second layer.

Freeze your silicone mold dessert overnight.

how to make desserts in silicone molds

When you’re ready to serve your ice cream for your dinner party, first remove the silicone mold from your ice cream. Use your fingers on either side of the silicone mold to peel the outer silicone mold off of the ice cream, with your thumb on the top of the mold pushing the ice cream out. Try to take them out and place them directly onto your serving plate.

Once you have all of your desserts on their serving plates, you can top your ice cream. Use 1-2 toppings for your layered ice cream dessert.

Tartufo made with silicone mold chocolate ice cream at home
Tartufo made with silicone mold

Creating this layered ice cream dessert is called a “Tartufo”.

What is a Tartufo?

A tartufo is an Italian dessert made of 2 or more ice cream flavors. The center is usually fruit filled – raspberry, strawberry or cherry. It’s topped with chocolate, cocoa powder, cinnamon or nuts traditionally.

This is one of the most impressive desserts to serve at a dinner party. It’s fairly simple, but it is time consuming layering the ice cream. Your guests will love pressing their spoon into their dessert and seeing the layers.

How to Serve Ice Cream at a Dinner Party