Need dessert options for sandwich rehearsal lunch
I'm throwing an informal rehearsal lunch for some dear friends wedding. The lunch will be in the middle of September (for anyone who knows of good season fruit desserts). This will be a fairly eclectic crowd split down the middle between unadventurous eaters and people who will eat anything. I'd like to make two desserts to satisfy the two different groups. I'd love to get suggestions. Of course any suggestions to the overall menu would be greatly appreciated as well. The menu will be as follows:
- Roast Beef
- Sliced Provolone cheese
- Sliced Swiss cheese
- Sliced cheddar cheese
- Sliced red onions
- Sliced tomatoes
- Vegetarian Muffaleta
- Vegetarian Banh Mi
- Green salad
- Pasta salad (Ambers' bro)
- Grilled eggplant salad with sesame dressing
This is for the traditional crowd. Applescotch Bread Pudding.... comes from Betty Crocker New Picture Cookbook of 1960something. Been making this for 30 plus years. Great for making ahead and doubles easily... so here goes:
Applescotch Bread Pudding:
4 cups soft bread cubes, (1/2 inch)...use bread like Pepperidge Farm or Arnold's white
4 cups sliced, pared cooking apples... i like golden delicious/granny smith combo
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup cream... whipping or heavy whipping
Heat oven to 350. Place half of bread cubes in greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Cover with 2 cups apples. Mix butter, sugars, cinnamon and cream. Pour half over apples. Add another layer of bread cubes and apples; Top with rest of sugar mixture. Bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours. 8 servings.
sometimes i make more of the sugar mixture than it calls for, other times not. My mom always served this with plain, unsweetend, unwhipped heavy cream poured right over it. The dessert is sweet enough, that the unsweetend liquid cream is the perfect foil.
1. To keep it simple, I'd recommend a huge fruit salad (perhaps dressed with white wine and fresh mint, with optional whipped cream to top) and either brownies or chocolate chip cookies.
2. To make it more involved/fancy, you could do a chocolate fondue with chunks of fresh fruit and pound cake to dunk/dip into the chocolate. If you want to make a big impression, you might be able to rent a chocolate fountain from a local party supply place!
Either option allows you to offer seasonal fruits from your area and gives your guests the option to consume something healthy/light or something rich/decadent. Or both!
Poached pears are easy and elegant. You can pair them with raspberries and chocolate sauce, and offer a chocolate dessert, so guests can mix and match. If you're short on time, maybe brownies or molten cakes. If you have time, these Claudia Fleming chocolate caramel tarts are always a big hit. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ga...
I'd go with simple for an informal function--brownies and lemon bars served in fun cupcake liners. I've bought some that have colorful dots, shapes.
Recently, I brought brownies, thumbprint cookies and these toffee bars to an informal shower, all in cupcake liners to make serving easy. These toffee bars were the big hit and two weeks later, people are still talking about them. I baked the brownies directly in the liners but cut the toffee with flower shaped cutters (in hindsight, probably more of an excuse for me to eat the leftover edges).
I was thinking something similar. What better dessert for sandwiches than cookies? And the thing is, everyone likes them. I'd actually say you shouldn't worry about adventurous versus non-adventurous. When I think of desserts for a mixed group, I think about chocolate versys non-chocolate.
I would err on the side of casual for this type of lunch. I would probably make 3 kinds of cookies, and have a fruit salad or sliced fruit. Brownies, blondies, chocolate chip cookies, any kind of cookies you like to make will go over well. I would consider doing one more adventurous cookie (maybe chocolate gingerbread, or macarons, or world peace cookies) and another 1-2 that are very straightforward.