5 Desserts That Pastry Chef Rachel Miller Is Totally Over
I love sweets. Obviously. As a pastry chef, I fully understand giving the people what they want. But I also believe in challenging the diner to try something new, expanding their taste buds and minds.
Rachel Miller So over you.
I recently took a friend to dinner. I ordered the whole dessert menu, as is the norm at our dinner table, and at the end of it, I asked her favorite.
"The vanilla bean gelato."
What? The dessert menu at this restaurant is my perfect menu. It has one safe dessert for the likes of my friend who is happy eating the everyday. The rest are an abundance of fabulous, creative desserts that utilize seasonal ingredients while presenting the depth of imagination that the pastry chef brings to the menu.
A dessert menu should be as thoughtful as the dinner menu. The final impression of a restaurant is your sweet treat. Personally, I get bored with the same options all the time. I have been known to leave a restaurant without a dessert (shock and horror!), due to the lack of inspiration or absence of care when executing the dessert menu.
These are five desserts that I am over seeing on every dessert menu.
Molten Chocolate Cake
Why do people swoon for this dessert? Maybe I'm bitter because I've baked these to order thousands of times, but I hate this dessert. It's cake that's not baked all the way through. You can do it at home and eat it in your sweatpants.
I love cheesecake. However, every time I order it, a one-ton brick of cream cheese arrives on my plate. Often overbaked, the crust is made of garbage boxed graham crackers and butter. Slop on some canned cherries and we have ourselves an old-school steakhouse sweet. Until we can learn to bake a light fluffy cheesecake and garnish with more inventive goodies, let's park this option.