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Jan 20, 2011 01:41 PM

i need some help filling a refrigerated case.

i work as a baker at a little cafe. my specialty is cakes and cookies and blondies and brownies, but nothing that tastes better or should be refrigerated. well, the restaurant has a 4 shelf, 5 foot wide display case and i am really having a tough time coming up with new ideas. i don't know whether it is just that i am so exhausted that i can't get my creative juices flowing or that filling that case will not be my forte. :)

items that i have been stocking it with:
quiche (and LOTS of it!!! we go through about 18 slices of deep dish quiche a day!)
pecan pie
banana bread (not really a cold case item)
crumb cake (i use the one from cook's illustrated and it is FABULOUS!)
lava cakes

thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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  1. Banana pudding with vanilla wafers. Nothing tastes better than a cold dish of banana pudding. Except maybe a cold dish of butterscotch pudding.

    1. If you sell quiche, then how about individual pot pies?

      Oh, and cheesecake! Yum, cheesecake!!

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      1. re: shaja

        Love the individual pot pie idea - you might also consider making the quiche available in family-sized pies for take home...
        Lemon Bars
        Individual -sized pies: custard, mixed-berry, coffee silk or fudge silk, key lime
        In-season: Strawberry shortcake
        Pineapple upside-down cake
        Worked in a really nice patisserie for several years, and our best-sellers were invariably individually sized, very decorative pastries: tiramisu, opera, white ginger chocolate torte. It sounds like you're going for a homestyle approach, which I love, but what I know for sure is that the indies sell like nobody's business. Something else to consider is doing just a few lunchtime sandwiches, maybe a pan bagnat or a nicoise sandwich, or a mufuletta.....all best made in advance and refrigerated.

      2. mousses, mousse cakes. Panna cotta cups with seasonal fruit coulis.

        A popular healthy snack/dessert is yogurt parfait with house-made granola and seasonal fruit jam.

        I like cold bread pudding, but I find many prefer warm . . . rice pudding?

        1. Make a basic sugar cookie dough and press into a pie pan or muffin cups. Fill with fresh fruit tossed with fine-ground tapioca. Can be blueberries, sliced apples, pears, etc. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or cardamom sugar and bake. Variations include brown sugar cookie dough, or coconut cookie if using tropical fruit. Option: after cooling, glaze with melted jelly (apple, currant).

          1. Those dinky little custard tarts that look so cute with coffee (pasteis de nata). Lightly sweeted yoghurt cups with some fresh fruit. Napoleons with a creay filling.