Savory Dessert Ideas

If you are looking for a creative way to end a meal, look no further than the collection of D’Artagnan products. While most of the items may have obvious savory applications, dessert ideas abound if you open your eyes to them.

Plum Tarte 3835012.jpgWith ingredients like duck fat, bacon, foie gras, truffles (plus truffle products like butter), and chestnuts, you are sure to find a way to enjoy a very savory dessert. 

You may be surprised to find out that bacon is a lovely way to finish a meal, and that duck fat is the secret ingredient your baking has been missing. Read on to for ideas and recipes that will take dessert to a new level.

Dessert with Duck Fat

Lard or butter can be easily swapped out with duck fat in many baking recipes. Try duck fat in pâte brisée, which is standard pie and tart dough, to give a very subtle flavor shift. See how the slight duckiness complements fruit fillings by using the dough to make a classic apple pie or a tart filled with lemon curd and topped with sliced fresh plums. For the ultimate silky, springy doughnut dough, try duck fat doughnuts in this recipe from the old Gourmet magazine.

And you can even make cookies with duck fat. Tap into the flavors of the Southwest and use duck fat to make biscochitos, a New Mexican spiced shortbread cookie traditionally served at holidays, but tasty anytime.


Bacon For Dessert

We’ve all experienced the sweet-and-salty delight that occurs when the bacon aside our French toast or pancakes accidentally mingles with the maple syrup. The result is heavenly.

Turn this concept into unique dessert ideas! Make your own Pig Brittle, a caramelized sugar and nut confection with chunks of bacon scattered throughout and a punch of chipotle.


Or for a heartier dessert, try a sweet bread pudding laced with maple syrup, pecans, and bacon. Another fine way to get bacon in a sweet treat is our Maple Oatmeal Cookies with Bacon and Apple recipe.


Just one more, because we can’t resist.  Maple Bacon Doughnuts have a creamy maple glaze and are finished with everyone’s favorite topping: crispy bacon.


Creamy Foie Gras for Dessert

The sweet, creamy, buttery flavor of foie gras begs to be made into ice cream. Once your foie gras ice cream is almost set, add chunks of fresh cherries. When serving, drizzle the top with a tiny bit of thick balsamic vinegar.

Or how about Foie Gras Crème Brûlée? Creamy, sweet custard is enriched with foie gras in this luxurious recipe, made for two. Serve as a dessert or as an appetizer with toasted brioche and Sauternes.


Top it with Truffles

Believe it or not, pears and black truffles are quite the combination. Start with a Bartlett or Bosc pear. If the pear is incredibly ripe and juicy, merely halve, remove the core, and place on a plate, cut-side up. If the pear is under ripe, poach it simply first in sweet white wine. Shave a little black truffle over the top and scatter with tarragon leaves. What an interesting and healthy end to a meal.

If you’re feeling a bit more indulgent, try our recipe for Black Truffle Ice Cream. We steep truffles in a vanilla bean custard base before adding to an ice cream machine along with a generous portion of summer truffle peelings. Top with a drizzle of dark chocolate sauce for the ultimate decadent treat.


Sweet Chestnuts

Ready-to use Cooked and Skinless Chestnuts are unlike any nut you’ve had before. They are very soft and tender and perfect for making a sweet chestnut purée. Top this sweetened purée with whipped cream to make Mont Blanc, a French dessert that is made to look like the snow-capped Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe. The delicate nutty flavor of the chestnut purée is also very welcome swirled into a cheesecake batter before baking.

Or make our Dark Chocolate Chestnut Truffles – that’s the other kind of truffles – which yield up incredibly rich morsels of chocolate delight.


If you make it, share it! Post photos of your dessert successes on social media. Tag @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so we can see, and celebrate your kitchen victories. We also love pinning! Explore our tasty boards on Pinterest.

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