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May 18, 2009 01:35 PM

Desserts of The British Empire

We are giving a dinner party on Saturday night -- the foods of the British Empire. It's a way to cook lots of different things that are all thematically related. In this case we'll be visiting Britain, India and Hong Kong for a four course dinner. I am trying to come up with a suitable dessert. At first I thought that I would do summer pudding, but it's too early for currants and although I know I can make it with raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, I'd rather do a really authentic one. It's still not off the table, but I would like to come up with some other ideas. I want the dessert to be plated individually, so I don't want to do anything, like a pie or cake, that has to be cut up to be served. I thought about individual sticky toffee puddings, but that seems way to wintery for Memorial Day weekend. Help!

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    1. How about cold rice pudding, individually served in footed dessert dished and garnished with a sprig of mint and an edible flower? I think a nice coconut version would be ethnic enough and also right for spring.

      1. With raspberries, blackberries and strawberries available - a Fool.
        Or a mango tart to reference back to India.

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        1. re: alwayscooking

          Rhubarb is in season, and makes a wonderful fool.

        2. Trifle? Can be QUITE festive, and as boozy as you want... And yes, I think you could do them individually. Maybe in footed glass dishes? I love how people get all enthusiastic about seconds if they think there is more to be had, but no question, individual servings are potentially more beautiful.

          1. Along the lines of a fool - how about an Eton Mess?

            Could you travel to New Zealand for a Pavlova?