Picnic Desserts
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Dipping Fruit into Sweet Cream on a Picnic Date

Fresh Fruit & Cream

Fresh berries, peaches, and cherries are just some of the fruits that taste delicious with a bowl of chilled sweet cream. Cut fruit as necessary or enjoy whole berries along with one of the following sweet cream recipes:

1 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons sugar
2 drops vanilla extract
Whisk together cream, sugar, and vanilla extract, and place into small Tupperware container, refrigerate.

OR

1 cup sour cream
5 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
Whisk together and place into small Tupperware container, refrigerate.

A friend of mine prefers to use heavy cream without the sugar, and for the sake of simplicity you may just want to use whipped cream or cool whip.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry for your Picnic Date

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Strawberries dipped in chocolate are not only a classic romantic dessert but perfect for a picnic because they're so easy to make, transport, and eat. Don't feel restricted to strawberries either, you can use bananas, pineapple, or any other fruit you like dipped in chocolate.
              
The basics are:

Wash and dry strawberries, leaving the stems on.
Add dark or semi sweet chocolate (chopped or chips) to a microwave-safe bowl and nuke for 20-30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until melted. You can also melt the chocolate using a double boiler or bowl on top of a pot with boiling water.
Dip strawberries and let sit until chocolate hardens.

If you want to thin the chocolate, add an oil like butter or shortening. You may also make a dipping sauce to enjoy on the picnic by creating ganache with extra heavy cream and a liquor like brandy or cognac.

This video isn't the best with the handheld camera and talking in the background, but it covers the basics of dipping strawberries in chocolate very well.

Chocolate Chip Cookies for your Picnic Date Dessert

Homemade Cookies or Brownies

These are classic picnic desserts and for good reason; they're easy to prepare, store well, and don't require utensils or plates. I usually just use the store-bought mix, but if you want to make them from scratch, try the original Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies or this page for tons of brownie recipes. Consider ice-cold milk for dipping.
Ice-Cold Sorbet for your Picnic Date

Sorbet

Cold desserts taste great on hot summer days, and sorbet is a light way to finish the meal. Put your favorite flavor of sorbet in a pre-frozen thermos and place in the cooler; the sorbet should be nice and slushy by the time you're finished with lunch.

Add a splash of champagne for that extra touch.

Strawberry Blossom Picnic Date Dessert

Strawberry Blossoms

This last suggestion is teeny bit more complicated, but very tasty and looks great. Besides, I've included a short video (starts at 1:06) to make it that much easier.

12 fresh strawberries
3 ounces of softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon of sour cream
2 tablespoons of confectioner's sugar
Mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Cut stems off of the strawberries and place them on a cutting board or other flat surface. Slice each strawberry down to about 1/4" of the base, one time horizontally and another vertically. This will give you 4 separate 'petals' to pull apart slightly and add the cream cheese mixture. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix until light and fluffy. Using a pastry bag, small baggie with one corner cut off, or small spoon, fill the strawberries with your mixture. Use strawberry cream cheese for extra sweetness. Refrigerate or store in a cooler until ready to eat.

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