re: Holiday desserts
I know I am probably in hte minority on this subject. I decided this last Christmas. Last Christmas my marching orders(from my mother-in-law) were to bring a dessert. I went with a pecan pie cheese cake. Looked and tasted wonderful! The trouble, for me, was that it was too heavy a dessert. I love eating all the wonderful things for the meal so much that I have difficulty saving room for a heavy dessert!
If my marching orders this year are duplicate, I'm bringing something lite.
I have not decided yet. I think it may just be the two of us at dinner and if that is so a cookie will be sufficient. I am taking a quince tarte tatin to a party next weekend, maybe I'll add some plumped dried cranberries or blueberries for some color interest.
But, no I don't want a heavy dessert. I did make the Joy of Cooking's Gelatin Cheesecake for a Christmas dinner years ago. It is like a cheesecake mousse. It was a big hit. There are a number of steps involved in making a custard and then folding in the whipped cream and beaten egg whites and getting it to set but light on your tounge with all of the flavor and no heavy brick in your gut. Gee I need to dust that one off again sometime soon.