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ktcolt May 14, 2007 10:44 PM

What is a good pairing to a meat loaf dinner in terms of dessert? I am making dinner for the whole family in town tomorrow night and I have a special meat loaf recipe but I am drawing a blank as to what to make for dessert.

  1. widehomehi May 16, 2007 11:08 PM

    Ingredients

    8 pears
    1 lemon
    bottle white wine
    bottle red wine
    vanilla pod
    1/2 cinnamon stick
    200g caster sugar
    600ml water
    40g honey

    tub of Mascarpone to serve (or whipped cream)

    Method

    Halve, peel and core the pears and squeeze the lemon juice over to stop them turning brown. Pour the white wine into one saucepan, and the red wine into the other. Put half the rest of the ingredients into the white wine, and half into the red. Heat slowly, stirring until the honey and sugar is dissolved. Put eight pear halves into each pan and bring to boil, simmering for twenty minutes. Let the pears cool in the liquid (for about an hour). If you are cooking this recipe for a dinner party, you can do all this preparation beforehand, then after the main course, pick the recipe up again here. Remove the pears from the sauces. Boil each sauce until reduced. Put a white and a red pear half on each plate and pour over some wine syrup. Serve with mascarpone or whipped cream.

    Optional:You can core out whole pears then fill the center with the cream.

    1. Emme May 16, 2007 10:59 PM

      So interesting to see the smattering of responses... Because of my roots, I think first of Strawberry Shortcake, and then Trifle.

      1. chef chicklet May 15, 2007 11:49 AM

        Even though I too make meatloaf, I really went back to childhood memories when I read your post. My mom a pretty good cook, only made a few different desserts.
        And the ones she made for meatloaf night were either a cooked chocolate tapicoa pudding or what she referred to as "French Apple Pie". I don't know if it is French, but it is your basic pie with crust on the bottom, and a mixture of flour, butter, cinammon, unsure what else was in that crumbly like topping but she served it with vanilla ice cream. Pies might be easier for a large a crowd.

        Sorry! Just saw that you made your choice! Durh!

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          ktcolt May 16, 2007 10:34 AM

          No worries!! I appreciate the post and my meatloaf dinner and apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream turned out fabulous!!

          Thanks to all for some really great suggestions!

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          KeriT May 15, 2007 08:30 AM

          If you want to stick to the "comfort food" theme, what about a banana/nila wafer pudding? Otherwise I agree with the crisp votes, always a crowd pleaser and always good with any meal.

          1. Infomaniac May 15, 2007 07:54 AM

            I like to finish off a meatloaf dinner with a slice of chocolate banana cream pie and a hot cup of coffee.

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              thegolferbitch May 15, 2007 08:36 AM

              I'm going to second this...a "diner" type pie, that'd you'd find under glass at a roadside place, like banana cream, chocolate cream and essential, essential to "wash it down" is a good cup of hot (HOT) coffee.

            2. clamscasino May 15, 2007 07:50 AM

              How about an upside-down apple or pear gingerbread served with whipped cream? Fairly light and simple to make.

              1. jinet12 May 15, 2007 06:07 AM

                Why apple crisp of course....go to foodtv.com and type in Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp....this is the recipe of Ina Gartner....delicious!

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                  ktcolt May 15, 2007 11:13 AM

                  Done...this is what I will make tonight! The chocolate cake above looks to die for...but I am short on time to get that intense and creative so I will save that for the weekend!! Thanks to all who contributed!

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                    hungry_pangolin May 15, 2007 11:22 AM

                    Funny thing, as soon as I saw the question, I thought apple crisp and vanilla ice cream. Something I experimented with a couple of summers ago, and it turned out great, was drizzling pomegranate molasses over vanilla ice cream. The colour contrast is dramatic, and the flavour...yummmmm. I think that it would be OK with your apple crisp, but you might want to try that before you serve it to the family.

                2. jfood May 15, 2007 05:59 AM

                  Jfood goes back to basics on this one and says, "Hmmm, what would my cooking mom, Mrs. Swanson, make with meatloaf." So jfood agrees on an apple something to remind him of the little square from childhood memories.

                  A regular apple pie doesn't seem to get there because you need some sugary-cinnamony taste. So jfood would agree that a apple crisp or a piece of mrs jfood's apple crumb pie would go great as an ending to this. But you also need something on top (and no jfood is not stepping into the cool whip debate again). So jfood would also add a nice generous scoop of great vanilla ice cream. If you have Turkey Hill near you, it's a must try. It is creamy, flavorful and has a great feel with apple pie.

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                    NYchowcook May 16, 2007 04:52 PM

                    and with a not too expensive Cuisinart ice cream maker (named frozen yogurt maker?!) you can make your own vanilla ice cream in a snap (though 2 hrs in the freezer is a good idea) You could even add cinnamon or another spice that compliments the crisp.

                    Let us know what your menu ended up to be!

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                      ktcolt May 16, 2007 05:59 PM

                      Menu was:

                      Meat Loaf w/ Sweet Ketchup topping (Ketchup and brown sugar)
                      Sweet Corn on the Cob w/ Lime juice and Paprika butter
                      Sourdough bread (toasted under the boiler) with Garlic/Parmesan butter
                      Mashed Potatoes and Red Wine/Mushroom Gravy
                      Homemade Apple Crisp w/ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (store bought)

                      I just have to say I felt ill after eating all of that...I could have eliminated from the menu the mashed potatos/gravy and been just fine!! I was making an After Mothers Day Mothers Day Dinner!!

                      Thanks to all who posted suggestions!!

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                        walker May 16, 2007 11:16 PM

                        Of course you must have mashed potatoes with meatloaf!!!

                  2. NYchowcook May 15, 2007 04:07 AM

                    How about a berry or apple/walnut crisp w/ vanilla ice cream? I find it's a crowd pleaser for a homey meal.
                    Feeds alot, and the fruit is a semi-light touch after the meat.

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                      laurendlewis May 15, 2007 05:08 AM

                      Agree - or maybe a key lime pie - something "homey" like the meatloaf

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                      scrumptiouschef May 14, 2007 10:51 PM

                      The Ultimate companion to a meatloaf based meal
                      Chocolate Tunnel of Fudge Cake

                      Time: 2 hours plus 2 hours to cool

                      2 1/2 cups roasted walnuts or walnuts and pecans, chopped
                      2 tablespoons butter
                      5/8 teaspoon salt
                      Nonstick cooking spray
                      1 3/4 cups butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
                      1 cup sugar
                      3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
                      1 teaspoon vanilla
                      1/2 cup vegetable oil
                      2 large egg yolks
                      4 large eggs
                      2 cups confectioners' sugar
                      2 1/4 cups bleached all-purpose flour
                      3/4 cup natural cocoa powder.

                      1. Place a heavy baking sheet or pizza stone on a shelf in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

                      2. On a large baking sheet, roast nuts in the oven for 10 minutes. Keep watch that they do not burn. Pour into a bowl, and add butter and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Toss well and set aside.

                      3. Generously apply nonstick cooking spray to the inside of a large Bundt cake pan.

                      4. In a mixer, beat butter to soften until it becomes fluffy. Add sugar, then the brown sugar and continue to beat until airy. While beating, if the bowl does not feel cool, place it in the freezer for five minutes, then resume beating.

                      5. Beat in 1/2 teaspoon salt, vanilla and vegetable oil.

                      6. Beat in two egg yolks. Crack the four whole eggs into a large mixing bowl. With a small knife, cut yolks and barely stir the eggs, minimally blending the whites and yolks.

                      7. With the mixer on the lowest speed, beat the eggs into the batter in three batches. Mix in confectioners' sugar and the cocoa.

                      8. In a large mixing bowl, stir flour and walnuts together. Then with a spatula stir the flour-nut mixture into the batter. Pour the batter into the Bundt pan.

                      9. Bake for 45 minutes. You cannot use the toothpick test because the cake contains so much sugar that the center will not set but will remain a tunnel-of-fudge. You are dependent on a correct oven temperature and the 45-minute cooking time.

                      10. When removed from the oven, the cake will have a runny fudge core with an air pocket above the fudge. About 30 minutes after taking the cake out of the oven, press the inside and outside edge of the cake bottom down all the way around to minimize the air pocket. Let the cake, still in the pan, cool on a rack for two to three hours. Invert the cake onto a platter and let cool completely.

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                      1. re: scrumptiouschef
                        jfood May 15, 2007 06:01 AM

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                        jfood read with great interest this recipe. Would have to nix the nuts tho because of allergies but have a question on what appears to be a bundt lava cake.

                        You mention taking out of the oven and waiting 30 before the big squeeze. When do you take the cake out of the pan, before the squeze and the bring the sides "down and in" or do you push down on the cake while in thepan after 30 and then invert?

                        TIA

                        1. re: jfood
                          QueenB May 15, 2007 08:49 AM

                          jfood, can you send me an email when you get a chance, please?

                          Also, I believe you squish the cake down after 30 minutes, while it's stil in the pan, then cool it for 2-3 hours, then invert and finish cooling.

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                            julesrules May 15, 2007 08:56 AM

                            I've read that the structure of this cake (which does not bake up solid all the way through) really depends on those nuts. See tips in the cooks.com version below, and comments from Pillsbury (it was a Bake-Off recipe)

                            http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,176,145166-251192,00.html

                            http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/Show...

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