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Jan 3, 2007 01:07 PM

Light dessert for sick girlfriend

A month ago, I made a vanilla panna cotta that I served with blood orange supremes and a orange-ginger reduction that my GF loved.

She has a cold now and I'll be bringing her some soup and a light dessert tonight.

I would like to do something with orange because they're good when you have a cold but don't have time for the panna cotta to set up since I gotta cook this after work.

Any suggestions? Should I substitute vanilla ice cream for the panna cotta?

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  1. I wouldn't go with ice cream if she has acold. I try to avoid any kind of dairy with a cold. How about a sorbet?

    1. Whenever I feel sick I want something warm and comforting and my comfort foods/flavours of choice are always fruit, oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar. So why not a nice warm apple/berry crisp?

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      1. re: hungryabbey

        I don't have enough time to make a baked dessert. In this instance, I'm looking at one hour, max. I'm thinking ambrosia or something similar.

      2. macca is right, dairy is not usually best when one has a cold, though I find creamy desserts tough to resist no matter what. If you do want something similar to your wonderful sounding panna cotta, there is a very simple recipe in Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way cookbook. I don't own it but borrowed it once and I think it was something like sweetened cream cheese topped with orange sections with a sauce poured over all that was made up of orange juice concentrate and orange marmalade mixed together. Use top quality ingredients and you'll have a comforting, delicious dessert in minutes.
        We added a couple of bites of dark chocolate to the plate just because for most of us a bit of chocolate cures what ails you!

        If that sounds good, perhaps someone with the book would post the recipe.

        Hope she feels better soon.

        1. I posted this recipe quite a while ago for Russian Creme Custard; I think it tastes a lot like panna cotta, but is more of a pudding consistency. The original recipe uses raspberry puree, but you could do something with your oranges instead easily! It's actually one of my favorite desserts of all time and this coming from a chocolate all the way girl!

          1. I did a quick search on epicurious and saw a few recipes that are just sliced oranges with a sweet sauce. I think a sliced orange sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and perhaps shredded coconut would be good. I agree with xena, chocolate never hurts.