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Nov 12, 2009 11:00 AM

Hosting friends and need a wheat-free, lactose-free dessert... Does it have to be fruit salad? Please say no.

I'm hoping for something a little more decadent for this special dinner. Don't mind buying special flours (already have some), if that's what's required, but I just want it to taste good for all present, some of whom don't have such restrictions. I am open to making two desserts, if need be, but hope not to have something divine for those without food restrictions, and then a bowl of fruit for the others!!!

Please share any ideas/recipes/tips you have!!

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  1. Grilled pineapple. Maybe with coconut sorbet.
    Poached pears.
    Somehow, I'm thinking fruit, but not necessarily salad.

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    1. re: thinks too much

      I like the grilled pineapple idea. Maybe I could do crepes with that if there's such a thing as good tasting crepes without wheat flour.

    2. Rice pudding made with lactose free or soy milk?

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        1. re: Full tummy

          A friend of mine makes rice pudding with carmelized pineapple on top. A (very picky) family member is gluten free and she often needs parve desserts.. he loves that one.

          If you want to get fancyish, I've seen pudding made with 'black' forbidden rice. You could even do coconut milk instead of soy or almond milk.

          1. re: cheesecake17

            Yes, coconut rice pudding with caramelized pineapple on top does sound good. And come to think of it I recently made a panna cotta with coconut milk that would also work!!!

            1. re: Full tummy

              This reminds me of the ungodly good (and rich!) Thai dessert, Sticky Rice With Mangoes. You make a coconut milk sauce and pour it over mango slices on top of sticky rice cooked in coconut milk. Insanely good, and you won't need to make any modifications from the authentic Thai recipe. I haven't made this Epicurious recipe, but here is a link:
              Here is another:
              Do some googling if you are curious.

              1. re: LolaP

                I've had something like that in a Thai restaurant, and I agree... it is very good.

      1. How about the Italian Chocolate-Almond Torte from Pure Dessert, by Alice Medrich? It's simple to make and quite sophisticated in flavor. It's made from essentially just four ingredients, almonds, unsweetened chocolate (so lactose-free, though check labels to be sure there's no milk product), egg whites and sugar, plus pinches of salt and cream of tartar. Perfect with whipped cream for those who can indulge, and a fuit compote for those who can't.

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        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          That looks amazing. Have you made it?

          I found a similar recipe on this thread:

          1. re: Full tummy

            Yes, I've made it. I have the cookbook, Pure Dessert, and everything I have made from it is wonderful. This torte is so, so simple to make, as long as you have a food processor for the chocolate and almonds (and BTW, although the recipe says to finely grind them, a few pea-size lumps are fine, and reflect the photo of the finished cake in the book). It has a sophisticated, "adult" flavor, perfect for a dinner party. And because it is simply a torte that happens not to call for flour or dairy, you're not messing around with substitutions or serving something "less than" to guests with dietary limitations.

            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              Well, thank you so much for that. The rest of us wouldn't feel slighted in the least... (Certainly not me!!)

              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                that torte looks delicious. thanks for the recipe, caitlin.

            2. re: Caitlin McGrath

              I've made it and it is delicious. Definitely use high quality unsweetened chocolate. It is really fabulous and perfect for your event.

              Served with some sliced strawberries, or a nice sorbet, perhaps whipped cream for those who eat it, it's really special.

              1. re: milklady

                I have some strawberry compote, and that might just do the trick... Plus whipped cream for those who can eat it, as you say. (Only one out of the group can't.)

            3. No recipe for you, although your imagination can run wild, but for your situation, cocout milk could very well be a good friend for you. Off the top of my head, bread pudding (made with bread from special flour,) ice cream, poached pear with coconut milk ice cream sounds pretty nice.

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              1. What about some sort of baked apple dish? It is the season! This one looks good:
                You would have to substitute something for the butter but otherwise it fits the bill.

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                1. re: ms. clicquot

                  There are several dairy free (there for lactose free) margerines out there that can be used insted of butter. For an added treat seve the warm apples with cold Tofutti "ice cream".

                  1. re: Prettypoodle

                    How does that Tofutti compare to regular ice cream?

                    1. re: Full tummy

                      People disagree on brands but I never liked the Tofutti brand. I prefer anything made by Turtle Mountain: So Delicious, It's Soy Delicious, Purely Decadent.

                      1. re: funniduck

                        I like the brands you mentioned above- much less 'fake' tasting than tofutti.