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Jul 21, 2009 01:37 PM

Dessert Ideas?


I'm looking for an interesting dessert (no chocolate chip cookies or plain brownies etc) that's fairly fool proof (no macarons) and doesn't require a stand mixer (currently broken. sadness.).

I'm pondering a strawberry almond clafoutis, but I've never made one before, so I thought I'd see if anyone else had ideas. Previously I'd done a chocolate cake that was really a brownie from a mix topped off with rum caramelized bananas and an easy chocolate mousse. Ideally I'd like something a little over the top, but not something that will take HOURS.

Any ideas are welcome, thank you! :D

[this is for a picnic, but i live pretty close to the picnic site, so i have some flexibility there. but nothing that needs to be assembled per person or stay superhot]

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  1. The molasses ginger bread I make for a family gathering recently was a hit. It's a recipe from Vegan Lunchbox. I made it without the sauce. Fairly fool-proof, but not what I'd call over the top.

    1. How about a tapioca pudding with coconut milk and some sliced fruit? it is fairly easy with minimal equipment =)

      1. My experience is that people love the desserts of their childhood and would rather have them than something exotic that they're not too sure what it is. Example: pineapple upside-down cake. Travels, doesn't need to be refrigerated, is easy to make, looks pretty, tastes good, people love it.

        1. no bake cheesecake w/thin mints or oreo crust:

          pecan baklava or another phyllo based recipe

          mini pecan tassies (southern living or gourmet mag have recipes or here: