Dessert for 50
I'm hosting a going-away party for friends, and I'm preparing a meal for 50. Gonna smoke 2 large briskets, bbq sauce, sausages, rolls, coleslaw, veggie platter and what should I make for dessert? Want it to be good, but has to scale easily (not really interested in making 50 creme brulees for example).
Hope it's not too late to help.... I would suggest baking a bunch of cookies and serving them with some ice cream and sliced fruit. It sounds like a relatively informal affair, and after a big BBQ meal a selection like this would likely be welcome.
You can make the cookies a day ahead (or GASP! even buy them!)
I second a Texas sheet cake. You won't have to freeze or refrigerate and it is not huge dessert, being shallow, and people can take smaller portions if they wish, I have invested in 2 10x15 inch pans and use them frequently.
The white Texas sheet cake is also good. I toast whatever nuts I use.
You can easily use other types of cakes/bars as long as you have around 2 cups of flour. I made a caramel cake with carmel icing and pecans this way.
For my big bbq every year (100+ people) I make cupcakes in advance, freeze and ice the morning of (the first time I made a few cupcakes for "the kids," the adults ate them all, so I included them in my desserts), several peach crisps (I use the Best Recipe recipe and make and freeze the topping ahead assembling the day of), pecan tassies (also made ahead and frozen) and a selection of brownies.
I watched Emeril make this for US Service men/women and it looks good.
It's for Boston Cream Pie and if you don't want this recipe, at the very least, you would know what quantities would be needed for the cake part and vary from there. To me, that's the toughest part.
I like the idea of a tiramisu, I just could never guess the quantity of lady fingers I'd need.
If it were me and I were doing all the cooking for the meal, I would get a Costco sheet cake. But, here's the link anyway, good luck!
That sounds like Texas BBQ so dessert has to be "nana puddin" or peach cobbler. Those two are in every Texas BBQ joint I know. For 50 people, I would go for the pudding. You could even make 2 - 3 (well maybe 3-4) trifle bowls of it rather than single servings.
Peaches are is season, though.
Peach cobbler to take advantage of what you can get in the summer. I have a recipe for one that's just melted butter, sugar, flour, salt poured over peaches in a little sugar and nutmeg I can post, if anyone wants.
Panna cotta would be easy and cool, add fresh berries at the end. That's easy to do in big servings, or individual cups, even with large numbers.
If you're a cake baker, Elvis cake would be fun w/ a barbecue.
Or a Texas sheet cake, because it makes so much and is so easy to do. I like this recipe but use coffee instead of water.
Given one single cup of ice cream per person, with no waste that would be just over 3 gallons of homemade ice cream.
Convenient to make at home, easy to store, cheaper than store bought? No.
Tiramisu is a good option. You don't want anything that has to be super hot or super cold as neither will be an option.