Even the most scrumptious-looking dessert will look even better when it's presented with a garnish beside or on top of it. Strawberries are a popular garnish for a wide variety of dessert plates, including trifle, brownies and cakes. In addition, fruity cocktails often have a strawberry garnishing the rim of the glass. The typical strawberry garnishes, slicing the strawberry in half or sitting a whole strawberry on top of a rim, are classic. However, you can impress guests by creating strawberry garnishes, such as rose shapes or fan shapes, that add a bit more flair and elegance to your dessert.
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Things you need
- Cutting board
- Paring knife
- 1 can whipped cream
Place the strawberry on the cutting board with the stem side down.
Make small 1/8-inch slices into the strawberry, cutting down to the stem, but not completely through the strawberry.
Carefully spread the slices apart so that it looks like a fan.
Use the strawberry fan to garnish individual dessert plates or lay it on top of an individual dessert, such as a slice of cheesecake.
Place the strawberry with the stem side face down on the cutting board
Position the knife at the tip of the strawberry and make a very shallow slice halfway down one side of the strawberry.
Rotate the strawberry and make the same type of shallow slice down another side. Repeat for all four sides.
Carefully spread out the cut parts of the strawberry so they bend slightly to look like rose petals. The centre of the strawberry is now exposed in a pyramid shape, resembling the centre of rose.
Garnish with a sprig of mint next to the strawberry to look like the stem of a rose. Serve on an individual plate with a dessert serving of your choice, or create several budding rose garnishes and place in the corners of a serving platter for a whole dessert.
Strawberry Budding Rose Garnish
Hull two strawberries by cutting around the stem angled toward the centre of the strawberry and remove the stem. Rinse thoroughly.
Slice one strawberry into five even pieces and arrange them in tight circle on the plate, with the tips facing outward. Spray a dollop of whipped cream in the centre.
Slice the tip off of a second strawberry.
Make four even cuts straight down into the strawberry about three-fourths of the way down.
Place this second strawberry in the centre of the circle of strawberry slices, on top of the whipped cream to create an open rose look. Serve on top of a dessert, such as strawberry shortcake or a chocolate lava cake.
Strawberry Blooming Rose Garnish
Tips and warnings
- For a simple strawberry garnish, make one slit into the strawberry and sit it on the rim of a cocktail glass.
- The strawberry fan can also be hung over the side of a cocktail.
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