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need menu ideas for a food stall

Hi guys, i need some help with brainstorming my menu for a 'dessert bar' stall that im going to be putting up at an event. Its going to be indoor and i may or may not have access to a refrigerator.
I am going to be putting up baked desserts like tarts and thinking of doing individually served parfaits if i have access to a refrigerator.
Im concerned about how to keep the baked goods fresh and what all can i put on my menu that will attract customers. I cannot do onsite assembling/baking/cooking. so everything will be prepared in advance and then displayed at the event location.
Any and all ideas are welcome :)

TIA.

asked by Farah 7 months ago
16 answers 813 views
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added 7 months ago

Homemade cinnamon buns: they attract people like flies, easy to serve and no need for fridge:
http://yourguardianchef...

When my son Liam was in lower school, all his school friends were looking forward to his birthday.
In the morning he would arrive in class with freshly baked Cinnamon Buns.
Even older brothers and sisters would remember to stop by to wish him happy birthday!

I always made sure one was put aside for Mrs Tindle, the Lower school Headmaster.
There wouldn’t be any left otherwise!

When I posted the recipe one of the moms comment: "you did not know, but also the moms would come to school that day !"

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added 7 months ago

Aww thats so wonderful. I like the cinnamon buns idea. Do you think they will stay good from morning till evening at the stall?

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added 7 months ago

Yes, depend what time you are leaving, bake them just before you go. If you need to leave early, you can make them the day before. Let them rest over night and bake them in the morning. They will last (if you have any left) 2 to 3 days, but the same day they are best.

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added 7 months ago

Thanks so much.

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added 7 months ago

im going to try your recipe too. just one concern....my cinnabon buns usually burn at the bottom. the sugar melts and collects at the base and it burns. what can i do to avoid that?

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added 7 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, it has been a long day. The oven might be too high. Not more than 350 F (180C). Anyway in my recipe you turn the buns upside down as soon as they are out of the oven, therefore the caramels (still very hot and liquid) will percolate inside the buns.

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added 7 months ago

YGC, what kind of yeast do you use? You don't need to use special
bread machine yeast?

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added 7 months ago

normal bread yeast

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added 7 months ago

Not sure how much you want or need to stick to the baked goods idea but I think fruit salad is a popular item at event vendors. So many people are looking for a "fresh food" lighter on the sugar and starch alternative these days. Even without a fridge I would think you could hold it in coolers for several hours, maybe adding more perishable items into smaller batches as the day progresses.

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added 7 months ago

Cookies cookies and more cookies -- little stacks of cookies tied with ribbon--- you can do some gluten free too which people are obsessed with-- I'd do 4 types-- on sandwich ( lemon cookies ith rapsberrie filling or even better macarons) one classic (oatmeal with sour cherries, ginger & pecans) , one chocolate (Salted dark chocolate chunk with caramel) & one gluten free (Crunchy Almond with 5 spice sugar)

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added 7 months ago

I agree with the cookies idea, as there are so many ways you can go with that. Are these items going to be for sale? if so, try to be as equal as you can with your portions.

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added 7 months ago

yes, i will be selling all the desserts at the stall.
Just haven't decided whether i should put up a variety or just 2-3 really good items that would make people go WOW. Since Im doing this more for building my image as a dessert business.

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added 7 months ago

Cake pops could be fun! I know you're limited in terms of on-site assembly, but a station for decoration could draw people with kids to your stall. I also love this mint oreo truffle recipe: http://sallysbakingaddiction... Dipping them in a white chocolate may make them more spring-y!

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added 7 months ago

Easy and kids love them, dipped Pretzel Rods. Use melted chocolate (dark, milk or white), dip about 1/3 to 1/2 of the rod in the chocolate and decorate with sprinkles.

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added 7 months ago

Farah, if this is for building your image as dessert business, what is your best dessert that people love/keep on ordering from what you bake? It is probably better to sell something that is will be a regular at your business or something that you feel you are best at.

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added 7 months ago

I agree, if this is at least in part about image then go for a few items that will be standouts.