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Bring-along dessert ideas?

I am attending an in-home dinner party this weekend, quite casual, and agreed to the hostess's request that I being along a dessert. The dinner is a pot roast, and there is already an apple pie planned. Any ideas about a suitable complementary dessert that can be made ahead?

Funny, but I realize I have little dessert imagination. Left to my own whims, I tend to neglect desserts entirely in meal planning. That said, I cook a lot and have most basic kinds of equipment (no stand mixer, though!). Thanks!

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  1. Here are some of the ones I make that are always HUGE hits.

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Golden-R...

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sopapill...

    They are both easy to make as well.

    1. tiramisu. easy and can be prepared in advance. nothing to heat up or do last minute.

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        I was going to suggest trifle, but tiramisu is an excellent idea. Light, cold, not fruity, the perfect dish when the other dessert is a fruit pie.

      2. How about a blackberry (or other berry, of course) pavlova with a flavoured simple syrup or coulis that can be made in advance and drizzled on after? Or Eton Mess with raspberries?

        1. I'm going to be difficult and say I disagree with the others. I don't see apple pie and tiramisu as complementary at all! I like the idea of bringing something small, so that if people are indecisive (or just hungry) they can have a bit of both desserts. I love these bars. I cut them into small pieces, just a bit bigger than you would fudge, as they are pretty rich. One plopped on the side of a piece of pie would be brilliant, and if people linger over coffee and wine, it makes dessert number two!

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          1. re: katecm

            Kate, I think you forgot the link? But I was thinking something like brownies, maybe with toffee, which would be simple and homey and would go well with this meal.

            1. re: Pia

              Sorry! Here you go - they are so much greater than the sum of their parts:

              http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2008/03/bu...

            2. re: katecm

              An apple pie and a tiramisu don't complement each other.. and that's why I suggested it! The dinner is casual so it's not like there's a "theme" to go along with. Apple pie is fruity, warm, substantial, and homey. Tiramisu is chilled, fluffy, and lighter. With a tiramisu, one could take a forkful or a bowlful, but a pie can only be sliced so thin. Two choices that are different enough from each other but typically well liked. At least that's what I think...

            3. I say you can't go wrong with chocolate, especially since I just made Nick malgeris supernatural brownies that folks rave about. I'm not really a brownie person, but seriously, I could have eaten the whole pan myself! Do let them sit a day before cutting.