birthday (mine) dessert - easy, feeds two, not much time
My boyfriend is cooking dinner for me on Friday night and I would like to make the dessert.
The constraints are:
Time - I will be at work all day Friday (and Thursday too with plans Thursday evening) so I need something I can make when I get home.
Quantity - I don't want a lot of leftovers. Two servings for that evening is plenty.
Space - boyfriend will be cooking all day and that means a mess in the kitchen with precious little space available. I might have access to the oven and will be able to use my KA mixer (I hope).
Thoughts? Some kind of parfait? Should I go simpler and just do figs with ricotta and honey? Ice cream sundaes? I love sweets and am looking forward to indulging for my birthday.
How about a chocolate fondue? If you don't have a fondue pot or can't borrow one, use a heat-resistant glass bowl over a pan of hot water. Whole strawberries, banana chunks, small pretzels (if you like the salty-sweet combination), pick up a couple favorite cupcakes and cut into bite-size pieces, homemade marshmallows if you have the time to make them tonight, and anything else that sounds like a good dunker to you.
Trader Joes has a great creme brulet that comes in a ramikan. It cooks very quickly and it is very good. It the kitchen will be a mess, this could be a great alternative. You could even sneak them out of the package and tell your BF that you prepared it the night before to be ready.
the fondue could be really fun. we don't have a fondue pot but i think we could make due. plus, we both love chocolate. and i have been wanting to make homemade marshmallows. this might be a good excuse.
unfortunately there is no trader joes here (omaha). can i get on a list somewhere to beg for them to open a branch?
Make Nigella Lawson's Gooey Chocolate puddings. They need to be baked at the last minute (for all of 12 minutes - put them in the oven while you are clearing away dinner) but can be prepared several hours in advance. They take so little effort for such a wonderful result (especially when served with whipped cream) that leftover puddings are a real treat for us. It makes four puddings, baked in one-cup ramekins, so just refrigerate the other two once baked for a delicious dessert another day. Here's the link to Nigella's recipe on the Food Network:
In reading the reviews on the link, one reviewer commented that it's the same recipe as in Patricia Wells At Home in Provence, (she calls it "Chocolate Gourmandise" and credits Claude Udron) and except that Nigella uses 1/2 ounce more chocolate, it is indeed the same recipe!
If you love chocolate you must try these, you won't be disappointed.