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Good things come in small glasses

January 30, 2008 | Sarasota, FL
By Linda Brandt


"Apparently, if you give me a shot glass, the creative juices start flowing," said Simply Gourmet caterer Larry Barrett.

Last summer, he e-mailed me about soup shooters, 2-ounce shots of cold or warm soup that had his clients amused. Not long after that he created dessert shooters, layered in 2-ounce glasses and served with baby spoons.

These are perfect for people who want a taste of every available dessert, and wouldn't they be great for the parties mentioned on Pages 6 and 7 today? With these ideas from Barrett, a few shot glasses and some store-bought curds, creams and mousses, you could make them in minutes and fool your guests into thinking you had dessert catered!

Tiramisu: Mascarpone or whipped cream; pound cake slice; and espresso or Kahl´┐Ża.

Key lime: key lime mousse, whipped cream and graham cracker crumbles.

Chocolate mousse: Semisweet dark chocolate mousse garnished with toasted almonds.

Strawberry shortcake: Cassis-macerated strawberries, pound cake slice and chantilly cream (slightly sweetened, sometimes flavored, whipped cream).

English trifle: Brandy-macerated cherries, cherry-soaked cake slices, vanilla custard and chantilly cream.

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