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Dec 7, 2006 03:26 PM

Flaming dessert suggestion?

I am meeting with some friends this weekend to put together a menu for a New Year's Eve dinner. I'd like to suggest a flaming dessert for the drama of it. Can anyone help? I'm thinking that something served over ice cream would be easy and well received. Cherried jubileee uses canned cherries. I would prefer something with fresh ingredients. I've had Banansa Foster in restaurants but have not been impressed with the taste. Chowhounds, please help me!!


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  1. Earlier this year I posted a recipe for something called Flaming Beehive Enniscorthy, from an old cookbook from the National Cathedral Association. I haven't made it yet, but it sounds like fun. If you're interested:

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    1. re: Chocolatechipkt

      I was going through some old files and realized I never reported back after making this cake. Because kids were involved, and even with alcohol evaporation, I cut back on some of the booze. The overall effect was fun (and tasty) though:

    2. We have done Baked Alaska for just such an occasion. It looks complicated but it really does not have to be. I would avoid the addition of the candied fruit. You can use a fun Ben and JErry's type of ice cream. You lower the lights as you present it, it looks great. Good Luck!

      Jacques Pepin has a step by step recipe with picture in his Art of Cooking book.

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      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

        Thanks for the suggestion. Is Baked Alaska a flaming dessert? The recipes I have seen do not include that part.

        1. re: Rhee

          You create a smallindentation on the top of the merangue, as yoou are ready to serve it you por in some brandy or cognac and it creates a beautiful blue flame against the white of the merangue

        1. I don't know if you've flamed food before, but remember to take safety measures, too: no loose hair or clothing, stay away from drapery and low-hanging light fixtures or plant baskets, and keep a fire extinguisher handy, too. A little excitement and drama is fun, but a lot of excitement and drama can be no fun at all!

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          1. re: ricepad

            We'll be on an outdoor enclosed patio with portable heaters and nothing flammable. Thanks for the reminder!

            1. re: Rhee

              There's a great crepe restaurant in SF who's dessert I've copied many times - take a large crepe, spread with chantilly creme and sprinkle with a little shredded coconut, fold in half (or quarters if you've got a nice big one, top with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a little more of the coconut, then flambe with rum. Delicious!

              1. re: Rhee

                I'd practice ahead of time as well - this is something I've yet to try.

            2. What might be fun is cafe brulot. There are many recipes out there for it. Here is Emeril's


              The flames are a little more contained but it is a spetacular finish to a meal even with just some of your best Christmas Cookies along side

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              1. re: Candy

                Great idea - my mother once gave me a special spoon for this purpose, and have never used it - will check out the link.