30 Apr 2013

College Chefs’ Top Three Spring Desserts

College Chefs’ Top Three Spring Desserts

Categories: Recipes

Spring is officially among us and as such we thought we'd scour the internet for three incredible Spring dessert ideas and deliver the results directly to the world's best chefs. Ready to get cooking?

Tropical Fruit Cobbler with Coconut Macaroon Topping

courtesy of foodandwine.com

This delicious cobbler is sure to please any food lover with its tropical tones and lingering aftertaste. Complete with ripe mangoes, pineapple chunks, and a generous helping of coconut, this dessert packs quite the Spring punch. What's more, it's relatively easy to prepare and has a fairly standard cobbler prep time at two hours (plus cooling). This dessert would likely play well in any southern kitchen or coastal area as its tropical tones are accentuated by the creamy (and delicious) juices within.

Kansas Sunflower Cakes

courtesy of midwestliving.com

Nothing says "Spring is here" like a nice stroll through a sunflower patch. But few chefs seem to utilize the many flavors of the sunflower seed in their Spring cuisine. These cakes are sure to change that. The recipe is deceptively simple, but one look at the finished product reveals the true nuance and mastery it takes to really knock these out of the park. This dessert relies heavily on presentation and color choice (of the sugar largely) to give it that Spring feeling. But aesthetics aren't the only thing this dessert's got going for it. If you're new to sunflower seed cooking, try making a batch for yourself before adding it to your recipe list. You won't regret it.

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

courtesy of bhg.com

This may seem an odd choice for our number one spot, but hear us out. First of all, the minimal presentation of these bars utilizes only three colors (when served with lime), but the layout is so elegant one can't help but think of renewal, freshness, growth, and all those other wonderful, Spring things we all know and love. And that's not to mention the taste. Biting into one of these desserts is like biting into the season itself. It's not too light (Summer-y) and not too heavy (Winter-y) - it's the perfect balance of the two (Spring-y!). This is also one versatile treat in terms of venue. In our opinion it works best at a small cafe or restaurant with outdoor seating and a view positively stuffed with greenery. But we could just as easily see it playing well in almost any other venue that's serious about taste and presentation.

Perhaps best of all, these tasty treats take only 30 minutes to prepare, making them the most expedient dessert on this list! But, as with several delicious bars, the cooling time extends the prep time by eight hours. We prefer to make a giant batch the night before serving and then chill them all the way up until the main course has been served. At any rate, a thorough chill is essential for these cakes so that they offset the mild weather outside. Grab yourself some limes and get crackin' chefs, you're going to love these bars!

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