It’s that wonderful concoction that comes after a meal. Somehow, a great meal just isn’t complete without a dessert, or maybe more than one, to round it off. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be something sweet – though that’s what most people prefer.
Desserts could be just about anything that completes a meal. It could be cheese – or an assortment of cheeses – this happens very often after French dinners. Or it could be fruits, pastries, puddings, cakes or pies. Today, there are so many options as dessert concoctions get better and more intricate. The presentation is as important as the taste and the more unique for either, most definitely the better.
And yet, desserts were not commonplace till after the Industrial Revolution in the West. Yes, they were a part of the meals served in aristocratic homes but the common man started putting desserts into his menu very recently. Maybe it all coincided with sugar being more readily available and becoming cheaper as time went by as well.
The word dessert comes from the French verb desservir which literally means to clear the table. Well, if that’s the case, desserts sure are a very sweet way to do just that!