I am in need of ideas for mini (bite size)treats for a baby shower. There will already be lemon bars, cookies and cheesecake bites. They would need to be something I could make a day ahead. Any ideas?
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What about petit fours?? They could be the "cake" part of your dessert table and you could cover them in fondant in the color scheme of your shower?
Mini quiches, perhaps? Or what about small tea sandwiches? I love chicken salad on mini bread slices. They are bigger than bite size, but if you truly want bite size, you could buy those ready-made phyllo shells.
I just saw these the other day, and thought they were cute. They are mini banana cream "pies."
Also, this rocky road candy is always a hit....and requires almost no time or effort to throw together. And you can make it ahead.
Are you looking for more sweets or other ideas? If sweet, I recommend two cookies and a frosted brownie cut into very small squaures. the two cookies are pecan tassies and ricotta cheese. I like to buy little lay-ons (baby faces, ratlles, etc) and put on top of the icing.
Baklava cut into small diamonds is always popular on a dessert table and it can be made several days ahead. Here is my version. Jan
2 cups sugar
1 cup honey
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoons lemon zest
2 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon
4 to 6 whole cloves, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 pound walnuts, finely chopped or coarsely ground (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional: use ground cloves in place of cardamon)
1 pound (about 24 sheets) phyllo dough
About 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
1. To make the syrup: Stir the sugar, water, lemon zest, and spices in a 3qt pot over low heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Stop stirring, increase the heat to medium, and cook until the mixture is slightly syrupy, about 5 minutes (it will register 225 degrees on a candy thermometer). Discard the cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Let cool.
2. To make the filling: Combine all the filling ingredients.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-by-9-inch or 13-by-9-inch baking pan or 15-by-10-inch jelly roll pan.
4. Place a sheet of phyllo in the prepared pan and lightly brush with butter. Repeat with 7 more sheets. Spread with half of the filling. Top with 8 more sheets, brushing each with butter. Use any torn sheets in the middle layer. Spread with the remaining nut mixture and end with a top layer of 8 sheets, continuing to brush each with butter. Trim any overhanging edges.
5. Using a sharp knife, cut 6 equal lengthwise strips (about 1 3/4 inches wide) through the top layer of pastry. Make 1 1/2-inch-wide diagonal cuts across the strips to form diamond shapes.
6. Just before baking, lightly sprinkle the top of the pastry with cold water. This inhibits the pastry from curling. Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 300 degrees and bake until golden brown, about 15-25 additional minutes.
7. Cut through the scored lines. Drizzle the cooled syrup slowly over the hot baklava and let cool for at least 4 hours. Cover and store at room temperature for up to 1 week. If the baklava dries out while being stored, drizzle with a little additional hot syrup.
Makes about 36 small diamond-shaped pastries.
Not sure if you want savory treats but I have an awesome chicken salad recipe...
Shredded chicken breast (you can boil with onion and celery or grill)
For every cup of mayo add 1 tablespoon honey
Adjust amounts of next 3 ingredients if you make a lot
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup halved green grapes
Salt to taste
Use amounts of ingredients to your taste...there is no wrong way. If you like more or less of an ingredient go for it
Isb...What do you do with the ricotta?
What great ideas! Thanks everyone. I wanted to do tea sandwiches, but it's a dessert buffet, and petit fours and baklava seemed like a steep learning curve given my schedule. :) I'm going with tartlets, made with phyllo shells and bittersweet chocolate filling. Then, I can learn to make all those other suggestions and I'll be ready for next time!
I recently made white cake and pink and blue frosting. Used a small glass jar with lid...layered cake, pink frosting, cake, blue frosting....tied a white ribbon around the top and a small plastic pacifer that I picked up at Michaels... it was too cute!