After perusing my blog, it’s safe to say I love desserts. Treat time is my favorite hour and pastries, chocolate, and gelato will always have my heart. While this is true I am actually not the biggest fan of outright sweets i.e. candy, syrups, and other sugar-intense delicacies. So when looking at a dessert menu it is always difficult to find a dessert that is not boring but not sickeningly sweet sounding. A recent trip to Lower 48 in Denver, Colorado had me face-to-face with an enticing dessert menu with four original items that all sounded divine.
Pretty intriguing choices right? We decided to go for the boldest option and ordered the Brown Butter and Comte Pudding. This was the most surprising dessert I have ever gotten and one of the best I have ever had. The dish looked like a strawberry shortcake with pickled cherries and strawberries layered on the brown butter cheese pudding sandwiched between delicate sourdough rounds. The dollop of sourdough ice cream on top of the stack and swashes of apple balsamic on the plate were a beautiful compliment to the dish. The dessert was exceptionally composed and was impeccably balanced between sour, slight sweet, and buttery flavor. My brother described the dish as knocking you out with simultaneously an “iron fist and a velvet glove.” This pretty much captures the essence of the dish because you are first hit with the rather pungent, raw sourdough flavor and then assuaged with the smooth, rich comte cheese and sweet, tangy fruit.
Lower 48’s dessert menu is commendable for its complexity and creativity. The direction of this restaurant excites me for the future of all dessert menus. This sleek, airy, industrial spot is definitely worth a trip for cocktails and delicious treats. I would definitely recommend a stop by soon!