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Dec 10, 2008 02:26 AM

Need dessert for tex-mex feast; no chocolate

Hi everyone,

I am attending a very good friend's birthday party Sunday and I need ideas for the dessert, since that's my responsibility. I've already decided to make some dulce de leche ice cream, but I need cake or tart ideas. My friend hates chocolate, so it's not as easy as it could be.


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  1. coconut, pineapple cake
    creme brulee
    My favorite tex mex place serves all three and there awesome. Best of luck, have a great time.

      1. re: Val55

        You beat me to the bunch. Tres leches cake is the easy, but great, choice.

        1. If you are planning on making dulce de leche ice cream, why not make some Mexican wedding cake cookies? Those would be really good with the ice cream, and easy to boot. They are also a little "christmasy".

          1. Not at all authentic, but really good: a (well respected) Mexican place near my home (S. NH) has a variety of dessert mini-chimichangas. They're filled with nuts, chocolate, fruit, etc, topped with dulce de leche ice cream or honey. They're pretty stellar, and easy to make- just roll in fajita-sized tortilla and fry, then toast in the oven if you're serving later.

            1. Pastel con tres leches is a no-brainer. You need to make this a day ahead so that the milks soak into the cake, so it's the perfect do-ahead. It's also done in a regular rectangular pan, and usually remains in the pan when served -- makes it very easy to schep along with you. All you need is whipped cream to serve -- that dulce de leche ice cream would be soooo yummy with the cake.

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              1. re: PattiCakes

                OK everyone: I think the tres leches cake will be the winner. I've been horrendously busy, so there may not be any ice cream. I don't know. It all depends on my time, which is so limited.

                Who has a winner recipe for tres leches cake?

                1. re: IndyGirl

                  Indy -

                  I'm thinking about trying a tres leches cake for a Mexican new year's party. Did you find a recipe that worked?

                  1. re: Rabbit

                    yes, there's a thread around here on the best tres leche cake. I'll see if I can link to it.