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Aug 14, 2007 01:16 PM

Vegan Desserts for 2

Helloo, I'm having somewhat of a "romantic" dinner this Friday with my SO and I'm veganish (making the transition) and he's not. I was thinking of serving a bulgur risotto with some asparagus and any other vegetables I have on hand, something grilled on the side, a big piece of meat for the carnivore, but I'm stuck on dessert. I want something vegan that would satisfy a meat eater, and something low in gluten because it's just coming out that I may be gluten sensitive- that's not too big of an issue, though. Thank!

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  1. Poached pears? Strawberries dipped in chocolate? Pear and frangipane tart? Seems like fruit based stuff has the best potential to meet the requirements.

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    1. re: Louise

      I know my meat eater loves chocolate. Maybe some large homemade chocolate peanut butter cups using shortening to help melt the chocolate and soy milk to help with the peanut butter filling?

    2. You can roast peaches that are ripe, but not too soft by rubbing the sheet pan first with lots of butter, and then sprinkling the peaches with sugar. Drizzle with amaretto or Vin Santo, and more liquor after they come out of the oven. You can serve them over bruschetta that has been made from thin slices of the best bread you can find, and when it comes out of the oven, a little more butter. These are beautiful with slightly sweetened mascarpone if dairy doesn't get in your way.
      PS, why not make a risotto with risotto? It is so good. And if you want to use bulgur wheat and asparagus, try roasting the asparagus with a little salt and olive oil, if you already have the oven on for your peaches, until just going tender. Saute some shallot and fresh thyme and a whole garlic cloves, and add with the asparagus to the bulgur. Add fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. You can either remove the garlic all together once it turns golden in the pan, or smash a clove with the flat edge of your knive and mince it to add to the rest.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions! I'm 17 and I'm just learning how to cook, so any advice is really appreciated. Thank you!

        1. If you have a Whole Foods near you, they may have their vegan chocolate mousse. Its a remarkable dessert that is so rich and creamy one would never think it wasn't loaded with cream and butter. Its a favorite around here. With strawberries and other fruits, it'd be a fabulous and romantic finish to a dinner.

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          1. re: ccbweb

            I don't have a WF nearby, though I love them. Chocolate mousse sounds delicious though, and I've heard many say how decadent it is prepared with tofu. Do you know the ingredients in the WF version? I'm looking up recipes online. Thanks!

            1. re: briaberger

              I used to make a vegan chocolate mousse-like cake all the time, based on a recipe from the Millennium cookbook. It's basically 2 packets of firm or extra firm silken tofu, 16 oz dark chocolate (melted = one bag chocolate chips), 1/4-1/3 cups sugar, bit of vanilla, all thrown into a blender or food processor and blended until very smooth. Blend everything but the chocolate first and then drizzle the chocolate in, to prevent it from getting too cold and chunky during mixing. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or just throw into the fridge for several hours to firm up. I like put the batter into a springform pan with chocolate cookie crust and serve with raspberry sauce. (Raspberries cooked, sweetened to taste and then put through a sieve and then thickened slightly with something like cornstarch. Mix a small amount of cornstarch with a small amount of the sauce to make a paste, and mix in with the sauce. Cook the mixture at a gentle simmer for a little bit until thickened. If you chill the sauce it will thicken even more. Frozen raspberries are good for this.) Individual sized springform pans or cups would be really cute! Even as a current meat and dairy consumer I love this cake--smooth, creamy, chocolatey.

              Note: The tofu used is important! You want the shelf-stable variety like Mori-Nu ( ) , or else the final product will have a weird, grainy/watery texture.

          2. How about chocolate covered strawberries? Or, grilled fruit, such as pineapple, pears, peaches served with some Tofutti or Soy Joy vanilla ice cream.

            You could also do a vegan fondue and dip fruits or other vegan goodies in it and feed each other ;)

            Cobblers or crumbles (apple, pear, peach, cherry or some combo...) can easily be done vegan if you want a more hearty dessert.