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In Search of an Easy-ish, Italian-Style Dessert

jessierandall Dec 28, 2009 12:10 PM

I've been requested to make an Italian-style dessert for a potluck dinner this weekend. Until now, my repertoire has been limited to homeade chocolate chip cookies and brownies. I'd love to make something more in line with the evening's theme that doesn't require a list of ingredients as long as my arm. I'm open to almost anything but am not a fan of cheescake.

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  1. TorontoJo RE: jessierandall Dec 28, 2009 12:14 PM

    Tiramisu is simple and delicious, especially if you buy packaged ladyfingers. If you want something lighter, perhaps a panna cotta with some fresh berries.

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      isadorasmama RE: jessierandall Dec 28, 2009 12:18 PM



      1. roxlet RE: jessierandall Dec 28, 2009 12:28 PM

        Years ago, I used to make something called Canoli Cream Pudding. Essentially, it was canoli cream (ricotta beaten with superfine sugar and mini choco chips stirred in) folded into some whipped cream. It is delicious. I do not have a recipe, but it really is one of those things that are made according to taste -- use as much sugar in the canoli cream, whip as much cream as you'd like...

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          jessierandall RE: roxlet Dec 28, 2009 12:42 PM

          Wow! The above ideas are yummy and pretty straightforward. I've now been requested to make TWO desserts!!

          I may go out on a limb and do the second dessert with polenta or olive oil. (The potluck givers dog may be the recipient of this more experimental dessert.)

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          fourunder RE: jessierandall Dec 28, 2009 01:04 PM

          Zabaglione or Sauce Anglaise over Fresh Berries

          1. coll RE: jessierandall Dec 28, 2009 01:10 PM

            Coffee tortoni, it's frozen but holds up pretty well. Takes about 5 minutes to throw together.

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              laliz RE: jessierandall Dec 28, 2009 01:14 PM

              pistachio or spumoni ice cream

              strawberries w/balsamic and fresh ground pepper

              1. iluvcookies RE: jessierandall Dec 28, 2009 01:16 PM

                Cannoli with purchased shells. The filling can be simply sweetened ricotta (I put in a bit of mascarpone for richness) piped in with a few mini chips or candied fruit for garnish.

                Tiramisu is also deceptively easy--I second the purchased ladyfingers.

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                  isadorasmama RE: iluvcookies Dec 28, 2009 01:41 PM

                  Easy AND fun. They also look super pretty in a trifle bowl.

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                  ola RE: jessierandall Dec 28, 2009 01:18 PM

                  Lemon semifreddo - halfway between ice cream and pudding

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                    jessierandall RE: ola Dec 28, 2009 02:25 PM

                    Mmmm! Great ideas!

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