My darling husband requested an additional dessert for Thanksgiving. When I asked him to be more specific he said, "something chocolate." I've got pumpkin pie, pecan pie, banana cream pie...and now a chocolate dilemma. Any suggestions?
I have a recipe for a chocolate mousse cake that I really like, and is simple to make--it has a hazelnut crust. I've been making it for years even back when it was hard to get hazelnut, believe it or not. I fool around w/ it, use almonds and almond extract, add nutella, etc. It's chocolately but not super intensely chocolate, like a flourless cake would be. It's not made w/ layers of mousse. If you're interested, I can post it.
Can you hand him a chocolate bar after dinner? :-)
How bout some chocolate cookies of some sort that you can make ahead(and even freeze if you make them now)?
I don't like all chocolate desserts myself but for guests my two go-to's are either chocolate creme brulee or flourless cake.
Make cookies. I just made chocolate-ginger cookies - improvised recipe, but pretty darn good. They disappeared in a flash at the office.
I would do something easy since you are already making some wonderful desserts. How about a Chocolate Pecan Derby Pie. I will post b/c it is just that easy and oh so good:
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 cups sugar
6 oz pkg semisweet chips melted
1/2 cup sifted flour
1 stick butter melted
1 teaspoon vanilla or spash of Bourbon
2 cups chopped pecans
1 deep dish pie shell
Preheat oven to 350
Combine egg, sugar and melted chocolate in bowl. Add flour & mix well, stir in remaining ingredients and pour into shell. Bake for 30 minutes.
Of course I would make a pie that is a variation of a cc cookie!
A friend of mine rattled this off and I have been making it ever since. It sets up nice in the fridge but then take it out to come to room temp before serving.
Fudge made from condensed milk is always a success even though it is so easy it feels like you're cheating. Another easy, and happily chocolate, dessert is chocolate dipped anything. Melt good chocolate in the microwave and add a drop of oil. Dip dried apricots, nuts, marshmallows, pretzels, your finger :). Let dry on a rack and serve along with your wonderful pies. Another thought, since you have such great pies why not make a batch of chocolate whipped cream for him?
I don't know how many people will be at your Thanksgiving dinner, but adding another pie to your list could be overdo (and you might be killing yourself for little return). So I second the brownie idea, and would also suggest making the pecan pie a chocolate pecan pie (I apologize if this makes any Southerners cringe!).