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Jul 13, 2010 02:13 PM

Slightly exotic, not too heavy desserts?

Lately I've gone to a lot of parties, barbecues, and dinners and lunches at restaurants, and I'm sort of tired of all the desserts I've tried. Flourless chocolate cake, strawberry tart, lemon meringue pie, apple tarte tatin, etc. I have to bring another dessert to a gathering for 8 people this Friday, and I'm looking for something a bit lighter, and kind of out of the ordinary. Any suggestions would be very appreciated!

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  1. I apologize in advance for recommending two recipes involving lime to you. I don't even know if you like lime! Then again, I don't know anyone who dislikes it, so I guess I'll take my chances. ;D

    Something I ~invented~ last summer when I got bored with everything else was lime cake with tangerines and raspberries. Simply add two teaspoons of lime zest to your favorite bundt or pound cake recipe. Let it cool. Then let some sliced up tangerines and fresh raspberries marinate together in a bowl, along with some FRESH lime juice (about a tablespoon, or more if you really want a kick of tartness) and some powdered sugar (I did a little less than 1/4th cup, because my produce was super fresh and from a stand, and had a lot of natural sugar). (If you'd rather, you can do a tablespoon of regular can sugar instead, for a different consistency.) Cover it up in plastic wrap and let it chill for a while.

    To serve, pour the fruit mixture over the cake, and drizzle the juices all over it all over. Let it sit for just a bit, so the cake can soak it all up, and it gets a sort of frosted crust. (It tastes so much better than it sounds, that frosted crust part.) Delicious, refreshing, and a touch exotic!

    The second recipe I'm recommending is Laura Calder's, from her show French Food at Home. This is Coconut Flan:

    I made it for the first time yesterday for my husband. I felt bad because I left him by himself last night while I went out to dinner with a friend, lol. It has lime zest, shredded coconut, coconut milk, and some rum, and it's amazing. Okay, maybe it's not exactly the lightest recipe in the world, but if you chill it and only eat a little, your waistline won't really suffer! My husband loved it, and said that it might also be good with grapefruit zest added in, either with the lime or instead of. I might try it at our next dinner party.

    1. Panna Cotta with strawberries and balsamic vinegar isn't exactly exotic, but it is light and delicious. I used Greek yogurt and used less balsamic.

      Poached pears look gorgeous and are always appreciated. I usually poach them in red wine and sugar with vanilla bean, orange peel and generous black pepper, fill them with a mascarpone/powdered sugar cream, and serve with the reduced wine syrup.

      1. Something with fresh figs? I have this article by Deborah Madison bookmarked - fig tart recipe is there and other fig dessert recipes are in the sidebar . . . not many people eat fresh figs on a regular basis, but I haven't found anyone who hasn't liked 'em. Might be an answer for you?


        1. Lately, I've been obsessed with semifreddo.

          I started eating it for breakfast (like today), and as a late night snack with my scotch (like last night).

          Dunno if it will travel well enough for you to make it to your dinner party, but I just throw it out there for consumption ...