Philadelphia, PA - A "Holiday Dessert" is a meal course that usually comes after dinner. Most often Dessert foods are sweet food but can also be of a strongly flavored food, such as cheese, like cheesecake. The world dessert comes from the Old French word "desservir", which means 'to clear the table'. Often times in the English language dessert is confused with the word desert(note only one "s"), which is a barren piece of land normally with sand as soil.
History of Holiday Desserts
It wasn't until after the 19th-century where the rise of the middle class, and the mechanization of the sugar industry, brought the privilege of sweets into the general public and unreserved it exclusively for the aristocracy, or as a rare holiday treat. This was because sugar became cheaper and more readily available to the general public. As sugar was widely spread, so was the development and popularity of desserts.
In today's culture dessert recipes have become a popular item for discussion, as they are a winning way to win people over at the end of any meal. This is partly because if you serve a mediocre meal, with an excellent dessert, people will remember you for the dessert and forget about the meal.
Most cultures have a separate final distinction between the main course, and the sweet course. This is not true however in some cultures such as the Chinese, who will mix in sweet and savory dishes throughout the entire meal. Dessert is, oftentimes seen as a separate meal or snack, rather than a course, and can be eaten sometime after the meal by many individuals. Because of its widespread popularity, there are even some restaurants that specialize in desserts.
Some of the most common Holiday Desserts are:
- Biscuits or cookies
- Ice creams
- Custards Holiday
- Gelatin desserts
- Pies or tarts