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No bake desserts (no granola type please!)

Very petty and completely juvenile, but in trying to win the heart of the one I love, I am doing the baking thing - problem is that it is becoming too hot to to turn on the oven - can anyone offer recipies for delicious, sensous (if possible :-) desserts for my bf? Chocolate, puddings, anything - can do stove-top and microwave - I've made rice pudding, chocolate pudding, and a peculiar, dorm room sort of microwave cake :-) So some different things would be great! Thank you!

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  1. Dessert crepes with homemade whipped cream and whatever berries are in season at the time?

    1. Fresh strawberries are in season. Just slice some strawberries and toss with whole raspberries and/or blackberries, toss with a little bit of sugar and some dessert wine or nice fruit cordial, let sit for an hour, and serve in old fashioned champagne glasses or martini glasses and top with whipped cream or creme fraiche. Top with a square of good semisweet chocolate or a crisp sugar cookie.

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      1. re: Ellen

        Mmmmmmm.... I love strawberries macerated in some balsamic vinegar. You may also want to try Bittman's frozen persimmon.


        1. re: Miss Needle

          I was going to suggest strawberries in balsamic vinegar too. I just made the back cover recipe of Fine Cooking. The berries are macerated with balsamic vinegar and a little sugar and topped with basil that has been cut into ribbons (chiffonade). I put it on top of grilled pound cake but it would make a nice presentation in a champagne glass.

      2. I don't know if you have access to a freezer, but I saw this recipe for a frozen blackberyy lemon chiffon pie that loks and sounds incredible.
        There is also the ubiquitous no-bake cookie for people who love peanut butter and chocolate. Who doesn't?!
        Also, here is a link to a page with several varieties of no-bake cookies and treats.

        1. Cheesecake (the no-bake kind) or tiramisu. Both are easy, creamy and boy-friendly.

          1. Oreo truffles. Google for the recipe. I think it's just cream cheese and crushed Oreos whizzed in the food processor, then formed into bite-size balls (use a cookie scoop if you have one), freeze in a single layer, then dip in melted choc chips. Freeze again. They store well in the freezer in an air-tight container and only take a few minutes to soften enough to eat. You can gussy them up by drizzling melted white choc over some of them.

            Ice Cream Lollipops. Never made these but really want to try them someday. I think there might be a trick to dip fast and not melt the ice cream. If you Google, you'll find the chef who will sell you some, but you can get flavor ideas from the description at least. Buy the paper lollipop sticks at a craft store. Make ice cream balls. Stick in the stick and freeze. Dip in melted choc, any flavor or color, and while the choc is still wet, dip the bottom in crushed nuts or cookie crumbles or leave plain. Keep in freezer. I think Norm Thompson catalog has some that have a tuxedo look -- the whole thing dipped in white choc, then half in milk and the other half in dark choc to imitate the lapels of a tux. Maybe too labor-intensive. Make the Oreo truffles!

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            1. re: nemo

              Young lady I have a recipe that I started in 97. if he likes pineapple he would like
              this one. it only takes about 5 minutes to make, then you put it in the frig to set.
              It is my (jim`s pineapple cheese pie)
              1 20oz can crushed pineapple
              1 large box of pineapple jell-o
              1 box of cream cheese
              2 reg, tubs cool whip
              1 9" graham cracker pie crust.
              drain juice from pineapple, set fruit aside.
              dissolve jell-o in juice, and microwave that for 2 minutes. let cool.
              mix cream cheese and fruit, and one tub cool whip, then add jell-o mixture. mix real
              good, then pour into pie crust. place into the frig. for 4-5 hours.
              when ready to serve add a dollop of cool whip from the other tub.
              *** this recipe can be used as a dessert by not using a pie crust, buy putting it in
              bowls to serve.... thats it.

            2. This may be simpler than you're looking for but we love to eat a dish of strawberries and dollop of sour cream topped with a generous sprinkling of brown sugar. It's pretty and tastes so good it's one of my very favorite desserts.
              Have fun & good luck!

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              1. re: xena

                Wow! Thank you so much for all the ideas! I love the idea of crepes, the pie, cheesecake, oreo truffles, etc. etc. Everything sounds wonderful! I have no idea how to make crepes but I have the Joy of Cooking so I will check - tomorrow before he comes home I'm going to try the chiffon pie recipie or the strawberries in champagne glasses (I don't actually own champagne glasses but I can get some inexpensive ones at Ikea I'm sure :-) Thank you again! I have enough for the entire summer!

                Well...maybe not the entire summer :-)

                1. re: xena

                  Strawberries w/ sour cream and brown sugar is always a hit.

                  Also maybe dip fruit in white and dark chocolate.

                  Or, saute some granny smith apples in brown sugar, butter, and tuaca; then top w/ vanilla ice cream.

                  Could also serve stewed rhubarb w/ ice cream or zabaglione or creme anglaise.

                  Trifle w/ storebought pound cake or crumbled scones.

                  Stove-top rice or tapioca pudding.

                  French toast or waffles w/ ice cream and toppings...

                  1. re: Emme

                    Tofu Pie!

                    There are no-bake cookies and bonbons. Ooh, one good one that comes to mind is this oreo thing:

                    1 box crushed oreos (whole oreos)
                    1 brick cream cheese

                    You can dip them in melted chocolate, or probably you could roll them in powdered sugar or something. Those things are awesome!


                2. You can't go wrong with dressed-up rice krispie treats -- I put crushed Thin Mints in mine.

                  1. would you be willing to make a dessert by sort of cheating- I make nice trifles but buy the angel food cake to break up in it as a time saver, by poundcake to make ice cream sandwiches, etc..
                    Also, chocolate crunch and granola bars are really good (no baking)!

                    1. Trifle (bought pound cake, pastry cream, raspberry jam, sliced peaches, walnut halves and a lot of sherry), Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse (the best is just melted chocolate mixed with egg yolks and sugar, then with beaten egg whites folded in. Skip recipes that call for cream), good vanilla ice cream folded together with crumbled halvah, grated dark chocolate, or topped with grand marnier and raspberries, or creme de menthe ...