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Feb 15, 2008 11:31 AM

Your best advance-prep desserts

I'm hosting a bridal shower in early March in another city (within 2 hours). I would like to prep as much as possible before, freeze, and then reheat/defrost/cook day before / day of. I have a VERY active toddler so stuff I can do in the evenings now is ideal. For the rest of the menu: Fish platter / bagels; tossed salad w/ cranberries, nuts, goat cheese; eggplant parm for non-fish eaters (I'm making & freezing); asparagus. Apps - little purchased puff pastry items, crudites. Fruit tray with dessert. The shower is for a kosher / Orthodox girl so it is all dairy.

I am planning on making some brownies & pecan bars now & freezing. I am thinking about lemon bars but don't know if they freeze well. Other than a cake, which we might make or buy, I would prefer single-serve desserts.

Give me your best ideas! Thanks!

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  1. How about Butterscotch Brownies, those are the bars that always disapear the quickest.
    I think that in fact bars or brownies of anykind is a good bet. How about some type of ice cream cookies, you could make them bite size, and it only needs to be put together if you buy the cookies.
    Any type of tartlet would work really well also.
    Good luck!

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    1. re: Richelle

      I've never made butterscotch brownies - link to a recipe? Ice cream is a cute idea.

      1. re: doc_k55

        Ack, it's the recipe in Joy of Cooking...I do not have time to write it out now, maybe tomorrow if you can't find it.

        1. re: Richelle

          I've got that cookbook - don't bother - thanks for the reference.

    2. Can you bake the day before? The World Peace cookies dough can be made and frozen in logs. Slice and bake the day before.

      Cheesecake also freezes well--you can bake a tray of cheesecake bars, or dulce de leche cheesecake squares:

      1. Profiteroles can be made ahead and frozen. You can fill with ice cream.

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        1. re: marthadumptruck

          Except she has to transport them to a place two hours away. I'd do the profiteroles, but fill them with a gelatin fortified whipped cream, which is more stable and not subject to melting. But if spoilage is a concer, you can fill them with an angelfood batter and rebake them, then turn them all into a croquembouche! Fun to decorate and very appropriate for a bridal shower.

        2. mini tarts which you fill with lemon curd, pastry cream, fresh fruit, even chocolate sauce that sort of thing. you can be very creative if you use store bought shells. i even have chocolate shells which i will fill with different fillings.

            I ordered cookies from Good Fortunes for my husband's birthday (we live in Los Angeles) and they are certified KSA Dairy and they were yummy and adorable.

            Ina Garten Brownies are great to make ahead. Also, almost any cake can be made in advance and frozen is well wrapped.