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(post, Carole Bloom)
There's absolutely no reason for not having great desserts on a picnic. Making and organizing all the munchies, salads, and sandwiches is easy. But when it comes to desserts, there’s always the question, "What should I do?" You can always go the store-bought route with mass-produced packaged cookies and candy bars, which of course taste mass-produced. My recommendation is to plan ahead just a little for your picnic or travel and make yummy mini-size desserts. Choosing the right ones means they'll be easy to make and to carry, and will taste so much better than store-bought. [%image reference-image float=right width=400 caption="Venetian Almond Tartlets"] When selecting which desserts to make, it’s best to choose those that do not require being kept cool, have the possibility of melting, need any sort of special packaging (re-usable containers are the best for the environment), and can be eaten without utensils. Small, individual sizes are the best way to go. And if you have a variety of these mini-size desserts, everyone will be pleased. The main idea is to have great-tasting treats with little or no hassle. Planning ahead usually means that a day or two before your outing, you'll want to make your desserts. That way, whatever preparation, baking, and/or final assembly that needs to be done will be out of the way on your picnic or travel day. Here are a few ideas for desserts for your next picnic adventure from my latest book, Bite-Size Desserts: Venetian Almond Tartlets (you'll need tartlet pans for these, but the investment is worth it!), Pecan Ginger Biscotti, Wicked Brownie Bites, Toasted Pecan Shortbread Bites, Cardamom Butter Cookies, and Triple Lemon Pound Cake. Enjoy your picnic!