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Sep 17, 2008 11:41 AM

Really, Really Easy Dessert?

I need to bring dessert to a family dinner about 2 hours from home. It will just be 6 people and I'd rather not just buy a cake. Is there something that you can suggest...I really have a fear of serious baking. Thank you!

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  1. Is apple crisp too casual? Then you could just stop for some ice cream when you're almost at your destination. vanilla is my favorite with apple crisp but caramel or cinnamon might be nice, too. Easier than pie. :)

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    1. re: fern

      Apple crisp is killer for easy, just rememebr to use real butter, and not some margarine "foodstuff."

      Also, bread pudding is right up there for a high ratio of deliciousness to time.

    2. These man catcher brownies are great, easy to make.

      1. This is the easiest homemade cake recipe I have come across. You don't even drain the pineapple!

        Just mix in a bowl and bake. I have also included the standard cream cheese icing that goes with it but I often don't even ice the cake.


        1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple - Do Not Drain
        1 1/2 cups sugar
        1 teaspoon vanilla
        2 eggs
        2 cups flour (all purpose)
        2 teaspoons baking soda
        1 cup nuts, chopped (I like walnuts or pecans)

        Mix all ingredients together and pour in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Bake in 350ยบ preheated oven for 30 minutes.


        1 (8 ounce package) cream cheese, softened
        1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
        1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
        1 teaspoon vanilla
        Chopped nuts for garnish

        Cream cheese and butter. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread frosting on cake and top with chopped nuts.

        1. Something with puff pastry? It's always easy.

          Fruit filled? How about goat cheese and figs (or a good fig preserve)

          1. It's coming toward the end of stone fruit season, and the various berries might be starting to slack off, but you still might consider slicing and macerating some stone fruits and berries in some sugar, triple sec, and lemon and/or orange zest. Pick up any cake - sponge, vanilla buttercream layer, etc. and cut and serve with the macerated fruit. Even cookies, particularly madeleines which can be bought in big tubs at Costco. The fruit poured on top of some vanilla ice cream, with a few (or as many) madeleines for garnish, and you're set...