Classic desserts are classic because the flavors work so well. But you can put the same flavors into a new dessert, and put a spin on tradition to create something almost new.
Chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic flavor, but as a dessert it’s almost too simple. Reconstruct those flavors with chocolate cupcakes. Make rich chocolate cupcake batter, filling the cupcake liners only halfway. Bake cupcakes and cool them. Fill and top the chocolate cakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting. Mix strawberry jelly, powdered sugar and cream cheese together to create the frosting. The creaminess of the frosting and the chocolate cake will create the classic flavor of chocolate-covered strawberries.
Pecan pie is a well-known favorite dessert in the southern U.S., but it’s a laborious dish. Instead of rolling out a pie crust and making a filling and performing tedious lattice work, make pecan pie cookies. Combine egg, brown sugar and flour to create a crumbly cookie dough. Place batter by the spoon on a cookie sheet, press a pecan into each one to compress and sprinkle with sugar. Bake your cookies and serve them with a drizzle of chocolate or caramel poured across the top, if you like.
Strawberry shortcake is a bit of a shortcut dessert. If you want to enjoy the classic flavors but you want to dress up your dessert a little, make a strawberry shortcake of your own. Bake layers of yellow sponge cake to start. Layers should be light and springy to the touch. The trick to getting airy sponge cake is blending. Mix your batter very well, until it’s full of air bubbles, before baking. Spread creamy white frosting between each layer before using it to cover the cake. Place sliced strawberries in a layer across the top, and cover with a light dressing of strawberry syrup.
Classic desserts are always tasty, but they can be a little boring. Reconstruct those old favorites to make something new and fresh, and you can still enjoy those familiar classic flavors.