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Aug 16, 2006 06:09 PM

For those that do not like Chocolate ... what's your dessert of choice?

I'm not a big chocolate fan, so I never zero in on the chocolate offerings on dessert menus.

I usually opt for a cobbler or some type of fruit cake or pie, or perhaps pudding/flan or a cheesecake of some sort.

Hardly ever order a tart, or anything made with puff pastry.


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  1. It's usually ice cream for me. Just one scoop of really good housemade ice cream.

    1. I like desserts with fruit, particularly citrus. I love fruit tarts or any kind of pastry - this is my biggest weakness.

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      1. re: cheryl_h

        Bread pudding. Butterscotch pot de creme. Almost anything with lemon or raspberries. And any housemade ice creams/sorbets etc.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Ruth's list sounds good to me... :) I'm not a big sweets person at all actually, I would rather spent the calories on a cheese course... ;)


          1. re: Dommy

            *Gasp*... and here I thought we were long lost soul mates, Dommy! ;-)

            I am SO a chocolate person, but at one of my favorite restaurants the other day, I had a basil ice cream that was sooooo tasty... it really brought out the sweetness of the basil! Butterscotch pots de creme sounds fabulous to me too! I also eyed a coconut tart with macadamia nut crust the other day, but the bf wouldn't hear of it, so we went with a strawberry "tiramisu" that was pretty fabulous itself! Hhmmmm.... maybe I'm just a dessert person after all!

            1. re: Katie Nell

              LOL! Yeah, it surprises a lot of people, especially with the amount of baking that I do and the amount of Candy I helped develop as a consultant. But I always joke that is the reason why I survived 6 years in the candy business with my woredrobe intact... LOL!!

              Now, if I had been assigned to a salty snack company (Which I almost was), I would have been dead... LOL!!


              1. re: Katie Nell

                Reply to Dommy!:

                Ooh... my dream job! You should do a post on "behind the scenes of a candy consultant!"

              2. re: Dommy

                Dommy, I'm with you on that one :-)

              3. re: Ruth Lafler

                Oh, I just remembered one: warm Meyer lemon pot de creme (recipe in the Fields of Greens cookbook). Simply heavenly.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I think Ruth and I need to go to dinner; she can have the sorbets and I'll take the bread pudding!


                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    ditto, ditto and ditto. any of the above, as long as it has no bananas..... :-)

                    I like to share desserts, rather than have a whole one (though I can always handle my own ice cream). Unfortunately, hubby prefers chocolate desserts. Guess I need to have dinner with you more often, Ruth. :-)

                    1. re: susancinsf

                      Aw, you guys are sweet ... but not like chocolate. <vbg>

                      I should clarify that I love chocolate, I'm just not crazy about chocolate desserts -- they're either not very chocolatey, or they're too chocolatey: too rich/intense for after a meal.

                      Besides, I eat chocolate all the time, when I go to a restaurant for dessert, I want something different. Same with cheese plates, actually. I love interesting cheese, but with a great cheesemonger across the street from my house, I always have several varieties waiting for me at home.

                      Oh, and I forgot one other thing that catches my eye on a dessert menu: anything with ginger.

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        Ooh, yes, especially crystallized ginger!

                2. Stopped eating chocolate years ago due to migraine problems from the caffiene. I'm not a big sweet eater, so it doesn't bother me much. Non-chocolate ice cream is the hardest to find since 99% of ice cream seems to be made with some kind of chocolate product and I'm a little bored with strawberry and vanilla.

                  Pies are always good, but my type of desert is a double IPA, barleywine, stout, imperial stout, or a big sweet belgian beer.

                  1. Tarte tatin or a cheese plate, but usually just a coffee or glass of port.

                    Chocolate aside, I don't have much of a sweet tooth anyway.

                    ETA: I know I'm contradicting myself, TT containing carmelized sugar and all, but there's something about the acidity of the apples and butter in the puff that "works" for my palate.

                    1. Fruit and pastry combinations -- this is a great time of year! I don't like ice cream much either, so I'll often have cheese or a dessert wine or port instead.