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Need dessert for tex-mex feast; no chocolate

IndyGirl Dec 10, 2008 02:26 AM

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.


  1. bbqboy Dec 20, 2008 12:51 PM

    Too late, but I'd say sopapillas with honey. Heck, you could make them and the cake.

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      Joebob Dec 20, 2008 12:08 AM

      Peach cobbler is traditional in North TX.

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      1. re: Joebob
        MsMaryMc Dec 20, 2008 10:19 AM

        Austin Cantina, a great little Tex-Mex joint in Seattle, does a banana pudding with vanilla wafers that's to die for.

      2. PattiCakes Dec 10, 2008 08:36 AM

        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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          IndyGirl Dec 10, 2008 08:00 PM

          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
            Rabbit Dec 19, 2008 03:49 AM

            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
              IndyGirl Dec 19, 2008 07:32 AM

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

              1. re: Rabbit
                IndyGirl Dec 19, 2008 07:33 AM

                I used the first recipe in this post. Good luck!

          2. happybellynh Dec 10, 2008 08:22 AM

            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.

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              dkenworthy Dec 10, 2008 07:03 AM

              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".

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                Val55 Dec 10, 2008 03:30 AM

                tres leches cake.

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                1. re: Val55
                  JungMann Dec 10, 2008 06:55 AM

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

                  1. re: JungMann
                    mamaciita Dec 19, 2008 01:06 PM

                    Tres Leches, hands down.

                  2. re: Val55
                    FoodChic Dec 20, 2008 05:36 AM

                    Exactly what I was thinking.

                  3. othervoice Dec 10, 2008 03:25 AM

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

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