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My Dream Dessert would be...

One of the reasons as to why I dont order dessert at restaurants is because the offerings are boring! Its the same offerings everywhere: Cheesecake, a brownie sundae, and apple pie a la mode. My dream dessert would be a nice, big flamed smore with a slighly burnt marshmallow with chocolate oozing from the center. So, what would your dream dessert be...?

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  1. Anything with puff pastry, Bavarian cream, ground almonds, whipped cream, marzipan, fresh berries and more whipped cream. Hey! Sounds like a great Napoleon! Maybe i'll try making one.


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    1. re: Chefpaulo

      How about a Gateau St-Honoré, with puff pastry, choux pastry, and creme Chiboust? I have always intended to try making this, maybe when it gets a bit cooler...

    2. Creme brulee

      chocolate pudding

      butterscotch pudding

      fresh peach pie

      1. I'm sorry that you're encountering boring desserts at the restaurants you go to. I'd be bored too if all I ever saw was cheesecake, brownie sundae and apple pie on the menus. You should visit NYC where I think the hounds can point you to some really wonderful desserts.

        In order to answer your question, my dream dessert is the Ispahan, a beautiful combo macarons with flavors of of rose, lychee and raspberry. So beautiful, aromatic, powerful and delicate at the same time.


        1. I've been craving Pavlova for the soft/crisp combination with fruit. But really all I need (as boring as it my be) is a well executed creme brulee and I'm happy.

          1. Much of my disappointment has to do with portion size. I want a BIG creme brulee, a LARGE slice of key lime or coconut cream pie, or a HUGE serving of chocolate mousse, not some miserly dibble-dabble of something sweet in the middle of a much-larger plate. Dessert is all about indulgence!

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            1. re: CookieWeasel

              i come from the opposite end. i like a BIG meal. then a small dessert, just to put a sweet finish on things. large amounts of sweet just destroy the experience of the meal and leave you with that uncomfortable overstuffed buzz. not for me thanks, but I'm glad you enjoy yours.

              1. re: CookieWeasel

                That's why Americans are fat!

                Studies show people actually only "really taste" the first three bites of a food...

                1. re: Jacey

                  Well then I would prefer three bites of an app, three bites of a main, and then fill up on dessert. Of course I would pause every three bites in the hope that I taste every last one. Dessert is the best part of the meal after all.

                  1. re: viperlush

                    Hear, hear! I for one will have a nice, healthy small serving of diiner so I can treat myself to a great big dessert afterward! It's one of the percs of eating out, which I rarely get to do anymore. Dessert is my favorite part of the meal-- that's why it comes at the end, so it's the last flavor to savor!

              2. This is pretty much my dream dessert: Passionfruit Gelee / Lychee-shiso sorbet, coconut-soy milk soup, basil seeds. Served at La Mill in Los Angeles. It has everything I want in a dessert - haunting, exotic tropical flavors, great textural/temperature variations, both sweet and savory elements, and most importantly, lightness. I don't like a heavy, overly sweet, rich dessert after a meal. Adrian Vasquez is a brilliant pastry chef.

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                1. re: soniabegonia

                  Holy cow, that sounds utterly divine. Fruit - especially exotic fruit - especially passionfruit and the queen of fruits, lychees - is my favorite flavor for desserts these days.

                2. A fruit salad consisting of:
                  A super ripe, fresh, sectioned orange, chunks of a super crunchy watermelon heart, chunks of one of those almost too sweet to eat honeydew melons, strips of an alphonso mango, slices of a honeycrsip apple, slices of a yali pear, and an Asian pear.
                  an Oatmal chocolate chip cookie sammich made with coconut ice cream - creamy coconut ice cream with no flakes.

                  3rd place - Pecan pie. When done correctly, it is heavenly. More than likely - you'll have to go to the Southern U.S to have one done right. More pecans than filling. The first time I had one deep in Mississippi, I was amazed at the difference.

                  1. one big brownie srtill slighly warm topped with a lagre scoop of mint choclate chip ice cream

                    1. Anything with bananas. I know some people hate the taste and/or texture of them, but I can't get enough!

                      1. A platter of nyona kueh!

                        1. White chocolate mousse with raspberries.

                          1. I don't order dessert in restaurants mostly because I am full from dinner. I like to wait a bit before having it. But, if I were going to think of something heavenly... it would be a perfect ricotta filled canoli, with dark chocolate chunks and amaretto mixed into the filling.

                            1. My mother's mocha cake (actually, a yellow genoise with her mocha frosting)

                              A devil food's cake I made once that turned out perfectly, or as near to that as possible (no small feat, since I'm not the world's best baker)

                              A slice of Sacher torte from now-gone Rumpelmayer's in Manhattan, or on a winter's day, just a mug of its hot chocolate

                              JC's apricot almond cake that's now being discussed on one of the boards here, except that I'd like it to include a couple of thin layers of genoise, as well

                              In autumn, squash pie