Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cooling Trend

Frosty, fruity, fuss-free: our three guidelines for summer desserts. This is the time of year when we prefer the refrigerator to the oven and fresh seasonal fruit to almost any other ingredient. And if the recipe reminds us of tropical vacations, so much the better!

With the help of some savvy professionals, we've gathered our favorite summertime refreshers. Most require only a few minutes of stovetop cooking (which means your kitchen stays cool!). And they're so delicious, you may find yourself making them at other times of the year, too!

Baker's Profile

Jennifer L. Roberts

Jennifer L. Roberts

"It was the best vacation of my life," says a happy Jennifer Roberts of Barstow, California, one of five grand-prize winners of C&H Sugar's Sweetest Napa Valley Getaway Sweepstakes. Her prize was a complete surprise, because Jennifer's mother had entered her in the sweepstakes without letting her know. "I got a call saying I was selected as a winner, but I had no idea what I'd won until I called my mother," Jennifer recalls. "Thanks, Mom!"

In the News

Does your dessert wobble?

Your mother may have told you never to play with your food, but according to two young British entrepreneurs, if eating isn't fun you must be doing something wrong. Self-proclaimed "jelly mongers" Sam Bompas and Harry Parr—in Great Britain, "jelly" means any dessert made with gelatin—are giving new life to the old-fashioned gelatin dessert: In just two years, they've placed their fun-filled creations on the dessert menu at a savvy London restaurant, constructed St. Paul's Cathedral and other national monuments out of molded fruit gelatin.