American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A spoon intermediate in size between a tablespoon and a teaspoon, used for eating dessert.
- n. An item of cutlery; a spoon, larger than a teaspoon and smaller than a tablespoon, used for eating dessert.
- n. A unit of measure, being equivalent to two teaspoons or two-thirds of a tablespoon, or approximately 10 millilitres; a dessertspoonful.
- n. More generally, that volume of a substance which is contained within a dessert spoon.
“Simmer lentils with a couple of cloves of raw peeled garlic, a dried chilli, a dessertspoon of red wine vinegar, and parsley stalks or a bay leaf if you have some.”
“I seasoned the veal shanks by shaking them together with a dessertspoon of continental flour and some salt and pepper in a plastic bag and then I browned them in some olive oil.”
“Saute, then add two cups of red wine, two cups of stock, a can of diced tomatoes with their juice and a dessertspoon of chopped rosemary.”
“A dessertspoon sounds too much for a sweet cake, and being a Swiss recipe I thought it must be a precise metrical measurement.”
“A dessertspoon of mixed spice, a tablespoon of treacle, a quarter teaspoon of bicarb soda.”
“Add a teaspoon each of cumin and dried coriander, a generous dessertspoon of tomato paste and a good sprinkling of sumac, say half a tablespoon.”
“Now toss in some cream - a dessertspoon or two - and swirl your pan around until the sauce is of a uniform consistency.”
“Mix together in equal quantities some stiff mayonnaise sauce and cool, but liquid, aspic jelly then stir in some chopped capers and small pieces of tomato, in the proportion of a dessertspoon of each to half a pint of the mayonnaise and aspic mixture; and, lastly, add the sardines.”
“_*Indian Dry Curry_ -- 2 pounds beef, 4 tablespoons Crisco, 1 onion, 2 tablespoons curry powder, 2 chopped gherkins, 1 dessertspoon chutney,”
“Crisco, salt and red pepper to taste, 1 teaspoon mustard, and 1 dessertspoon sherry.”
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