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Aug 27, 2008 08:28 AM

Simple, Impressive, Quick Desserts

I am having people over Friday night and don't have a lot of time to make a dessert. Something I could do ahead or that involves summer fruits would be nice. I had thought about the lemon olive oil cake from Epicurious with some berries and whipped cream. Any Ideas?

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    1. How about this with a little vanilla bean ice cream:

      1. These look good and are quick; plus, it's peach season now. This was originally a Penzey's recipe, and the comments are theirs.


        2 Cups sliced ripe peaches (5 large to 8 small)
        2 tsp. cinnamon sugar (I use regular sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon)
        2-1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
        1-1/2 Cups powdered sugar
        2 sticks butter, cold
        1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
        1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
        1 egg
        2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

        Preheat oven to 350°.
        Peel and pit the peaches, slice thinly or chop and toss with CINNAMON SUGAR, set aside.
        In a large bowl, combine flour and powdered sugar.
        Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly and rather dry. If you don’t mind a little mess, it is easier to do this with your hands.
        Reserve 2 Cups of the mixture for the topping.
        Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of an ungreased, 9x13 pan (we prefer glass).
        Bake the crust for 15 minutes. While the crust is baking, beat the cream cheese until fluffy.
        Gradually beat in the condensed milk until smooth. Add the egg and VANILLA. Mix well.
        After the crust has baked for 15 minutes, remove from oven and carefully smooth the peaches over the crust in an even layer. Drizzle with any peach juice that is in the bowl.
        Pour the cream cheese mixture over the peaches.
        Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture over the top of the cream cheese filling.
        Bake for 30-35 minutes until bubbly and starting to brown on the top. It is easiest to cut the bars if they have been chilled for awhile, but they are incredibly delicious warm. If there are any leftovers, store in the refrigerator.
        Prep. time: 10 minutes
        Baking time: 45-50 minutes
        Yield: about 20 bars

        1. Perhaps this one is too easy and quick but I often do make-your-own-sundaes and everyone love the activity and the results. I'd make a fruit salad (I add limoncello liquor to mine), get good vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream and then have lots of toppings (M&Ms, cut up brownies, sprinkles, nuts, raisins, whipped cream, chocolate sauce etc., etc., etc.) The easiest and best company dessert!

          1. Oh, go for strawberries macerated in balsamic- top it off with mascarpone- one of my favorites! Another easy great dessert that always works is a berry trifle! Short cut with a bought angel food cake (just prepare it in the morning real quick & it will set all day in the fridge).