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Jan 17, 2007 09:29 PM

Dessert Ideas

I'm looking for a clever, low-fuss dessert (for 6 adults and 3 kids) to serve with homemade anise-almond biscotti that I make. The biscotti is chunky and substantial, but I was looking for something to serve with it. For dinner we are having an artichoke/mushroom lasagne and an astringent-y salad of some sort. Zabaglione seems a little fussy, and I'd prefer not to use raw eggs. I do happen to have a big honkin' bottle of Grand Marnier, if that sounds like something that could go in something.

Any ideas?

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  1. Vanilla ice cream with Grand Marnier.

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    1. re: Andiereid

      just what i was thinking as you posted it! Some good vanilla ice cream with grand marnier over top, and biscotti, for the kids, maybe crumble the biscotti onto the ice cream and leave off the Grand Marnier.

    2. This Black Bottom Cappicino is really good. Serve it up in coffee cups with saucers and a biscotti on the side. It is fun too.

      1. Ooh - good ideas already. I was thinking maybe a rich hot chocolate, but it seems kind of wrong, somehow.

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        1. re: gridder

          Have mercy, no! That would be great! Especially with homemade marshmallows! Just as good as ice cream!

        2. Your biscotti sound wonderful - why not offer a very simple accompaniment like macerated fruit?

          While you're assembling it, just set some fruit aside for the children then macerate the cut fruits in a few tablespoons of Grand Marnier combined with a little vanilla and honey. Citrus supremes are beautiful this way, or if you don't have the patience just peel your oranges with a knife and slice horizontally. We're able to get excellent sweet strawberries at our produce market and they are great this way. You can also use melon, peaches, blueberries, pineapple or really whatever looks good at the market.

          I would suggest that you mix this up just before your guests arrive so that it will have enough (but not too much!) time to macerate.

          1. I like the macerated fruit idea because I am feeling guilty about serving such a heavy meal after the holidays.

            What is (are) citrus supremes?

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            1. re: gridder

              Supremes are basically citrus segments with the membrane removed. I found the following blog that gives a nice demo to explain the technique.


              1. re: Kater

                I felt a little dorky not knowing that one. I thought it was some weird citrus varietal. Thanks!