Help: V-Day Dessert for Two
I just got back from a week in Taiwan for Chinese New Year. After feasting on copious amounts of delicious food, I now need to lose a few pounds. I'd like to still treat myself and my husband for Valentine's Day, but don't want to be tempted by a week's worth of leftover dessert.
Can you recommend a good dessert I can make that only serves 2-4 people? Preferably chocolate.
Not chocolate, but tasty, simple, and scalable to any size: apple crisp. Peel & core an apple or two, cut into bite-sized chunks. Sprinkle with lemon juice and put into an oven safe dish that holds the chunks snugly. Combine a couple tablespoons flour, 2 T brown sugar, 1 T rolled or quick-cooking oats, 2 T chopped pecans, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, and 2 T butter (softened). Spread this mixture over the apples and bake until browned & bubbly, about 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve warm with vanilla or caramel ice cream.
You can also bake apple crisp in individual dishes, too.
pots de creme - standard recipes usually make anywhere from 4 large to 8 small servings, so you can just halve the recipe, each enjoy a large one for the special occasion, and be done with it.
my other thought was individual chocolate soufflés - you could even use a lighter recipe that calls for mostly egg whites. Alice Medrich has a great one, as does Cooking Light magazine.
I think you'd probably just be better off halving a larger recipe, say for cookies. Or taking the leftovers to work or freezing them. I suppose you could do chocolate dipped strawberries or any kind of fruit with whipped cream. You can also do a chocolate tasting. We did this once-- just got lots of different chocolates, broke them in pieces and arranged them on a tray-- would be nice with red wine or cognac.
You could make hand rolled truffles. You can make a small amount of ganache (chocolate and cream), put it in the fridge to set up, roll into balls and roll in nuts or cocoa powder. Once you figure out the ratio of chocolate to cream you could make as little or as much as you want.