Introduction: Sweet 'Summer BBQ' Dessert

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This summer, trick your friends and family by serving this delicious dessert combination. This burger, ice-cream and chips trio is not what it seems at first; choux pastry filled with cream make these burger buns, a delicious chocolate brownie disguises itself as the meat and a refreshing strawberry sorbet steps in as the ice cream. Don't forget the banana cake chips and small decorations that bring it all together! This dessert can be used as a platter for up to 4 people or you can cut it down for one person when making and keep the extra's for sharing! 

This recipe is easy to get to grips with and enables you to edit it and add to it how you want (like the best recipes should)! Obviously you can do single parts of the dessert depending on the amount of time you have or add some extras. Have you thought about cookie 'onion rings' or fruit 'kebabs'?! Feel free to share suggestions in the comments!

All you need is the following ingredients and equipment: 

Strawberry Sorbet 'Ice Cream'       Estimated time: 20 minutes preparing & 2-3 hours cooling
40ml water
30ml sugar
78g fresh strawberries
20ml orange juice

Choux pastry 'Burger bun'               Estimated time: 10-15 minutes preparing & 20 minutes cooking
35g plain flour
50ml water
25g of butter/margarine
1 egg yolk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of salt

Brownie 'Burger'                                Estimated time: 20 minutes preparing & 20 minutes cooking
40g caster sugar
22g butter
22g plain flour
6g cocoa
1/2 egg
Teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
Drop of vanilla extract

Banana cake 'Chips'                          Estimated time: 20 minutes preparing & 10-15 minutes cooking
80g flour
40g sugar 
40g bananas 
40g chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 egg
Teaspoon baking powder

Decorations                                         Estimated time: 5 - 15 minutes
Newspaper 'bed' for burger and chips
Ice cream cone
Butter icing (and necessary colouring) for edible grass/lettuce/tomatoes

Step 1: The Sorbet 'Ice Cream'

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Strawberry Sorbet 'Ice Cream'       
40ml water
30g sugar
78g fresh strawberries
20ml orange juice
Drop of lemon juice (optional)

Estimated time: 20 minutes preparing & 2-3 hours cooling

Equipment: Small pan, blender, fridge container, cling film, fridge/ice-cream maker.

1.Heat the water in a pan on a low heat. Slowly add the sugar so that it dissolves in the water. Leave it to reach boiling point and leave to boil for five minutes without stirring.
2. Take off the heat and leave the pan to cool on an appropriate surface so that it becomes syrup textured. 
3. Wash and remove the tops of the strawberries. 
4. Add the fruit into a blender and add orange juice until it blends smoothly.
5. Combine the cooled syrup solution with the fruit mixture and add any extra orange juice in a bowl. At this stage you can add a drop of lemon juice. 
6. Place it in an appropriate container covered in cling film and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours until it becomes almost firm. Optionally, if you have an ice-cream maker, add the mixture in and follow the instructions on the machine.
7. Test to see if it is the almost firm and stir if necessary. During this time you can make the other sections so that you can serve it all at the same time.
8. Scoop out onto plate with a spoon and decorate (see last step). 

Step 2: The Choux Pastry 'Burger Bun'

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Choux pastry 'Burger bun'              
35g plain flour
50ml water
25g of butter/margarine
1 egg yolk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of salt

Estimated time: 10-15 minutes preparing & 20 minutes cooking

Equipment: Bowls, Small pan, baking tray, electric beater (optional)

1. Preheat the oven at 200°C.
2.Sieve the flour into a bowl. 
3. Add a pinch of salt.
4. Mix together the water, butter and sugar into a pan at a medium heat and bring to boil. 
5. Take the pan off the heat.
6. Quickly add the flour and stir into a soft ball. The trick here is to make sure the ball will leave the sides clean. Also, add more water if it becomes too dry.
7. Wait for it too cool for 5 minutes. In this time, prepare a baking tray by greasing it.
8. Add 1 egg yolk and 1 egg and beat into the mixture so it becomes shiny. An electric beater may optionally be used.
9. Bake for 20-25 minutes. 

Step 3: The Chocolate Brownie 'Burger'

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Brownie 'Burger'                         
40g caster sugar
22g butter
22g plain flour
6g cocoa
1/2 egg
Teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
Drop of vanilla extract

Estimated time: 20 minutes preparing & 20 minutes cooking

Equipment: Bowls, sieve, baking tray

1. Preheat the oven at 200°C
2. In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter.
3.  Once at a thick consistency, mix in the cocoa powder and vanilla essence.
4. Beat an egg in a bowl and add half to the mixture.
5. Sieve the flour and fold it into the mixture.
6. Mix in a teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt.
7. Bake for 20 minutes.

Useful Tip: If you put the mixture in a small cake tray, it is less likely that it will spread out and become thin as when it touches the edges it will start rising.

Step 4: Banana Cake 'Chips'

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Banana cake 'Chips'
20g butter
80g flour
40g sugar
40g bananas
40g chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 egg
Teaspoon baking powder

Estimated time: 20 minutes preparing & 10-15 minutes cooking

Equipment: Bowls, sieve, baking tin

1. Preheat the oven at 200°C.
2. In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter.
3. When at a thick consistency, mash the bananas in a bowl and stir into the butter mixture.
4. Beat an egg in a bowl and mix in half to the banana mixture.
5. Sieve in the flour and stir until fully mixed. 
6. At this point, you can optionally add chocolate chips to the mixture.
7. Place in a tin and cook for 13 minutes. 
8. When cooked, leave to cool and then cut into strips to make the cake look like chips. 

Step 5: Finishing Touches

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Now, you can be really creative!
For our finishing touches, we made two small pots for 'ketchup' and 'mayonnaise'. 
1. Get a small plastic coffee cup and cut it down carefully using scissors.
2.  Add a dollop of extra double cream or strawberry sorbet. 

Also, we put the burger on newspaper which involved cutting a square piece and putting them at an angle so it looked realistic. We stacked the chips and put the 'side-chips' in newspaper, too. These side chips make this dessert great for sharing; you and your friends can tuck in to a banana cake chips (that is, if you'll let them)! Also if you want to share, you can cut up the brownie and cream burger and cut the choux pastry into a 'brownie profiterole'.

To the burger buns, we added sesame seeds to the top after glazing, but equally you could use almonds, walnuts or any other kind of nut. 
We added an ice-cream cone for the sorbet to give it that summer-y feel! 
Additionally, we put butter icing with green colouring to make the 'grass'  bedding and lettuce. 

To make the burger bun glazing: 

Ingredients

20g butter
40g sifted icing sugar
Vanilla essence
1 teaspoon milk

Equipment: Bowls, pan, brush

1. Melt the butter on a medium heat.
2. Stir in the sifted icing sugar.
3. Add 2 drops of vanilla essence and the milk. Stir until shiny and glossy.
4. Use a brush to glaze on top of choux pastry bun.
5. For extra effect, sprinkle with sesame seeds. 



Comments

sunshiine (author)2012-07-19

What an interesting desert! Very clever. Thanks for sharing!
Sunshiine

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-07-09

I am a huge sucker for foods that look like other foods! Awesome! (especially when they are sweet treats made to look like "healthier" foods)

Thank you so much! I worked really hard to make these look as realistic (and tasty) as possible! Perhaps I'll try some 'sweet' fruit side-dishes to go with it! :)

scoochmaroo (author)2012-07-12

This would be a great addition to the Picnic Challenge!

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