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Bring-along dessert ideas?

Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 06:57 AM

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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    rizzo0904 RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 07:02 AM

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



    They are both easy to make as well.

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      cheesecake17 RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 07:25 AM

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

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        tavegyl RE: cheesecake17 Jan 26, 2011 07:41 AM

        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. chefathome RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 08:28 AM

        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?

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          katecm RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 09:04 AM

          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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            Pia RE: katecm Jan 26, 2011 01:24 PM

            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.

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              katecm RE: Pia Jan 27, 2011 06:49 AM

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


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              cheesecake17 RE: katecm Jan 26, 2011 02:46 PM

              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. geminigirl RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 03:08 PM

              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.

              1. Bada Bing RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 04:43 PM

                Thanks for the ideas so far, everyone. Everything sounds delicious. Right now I'm leaning in the brownie direction, but I've got a bit more time to decide...

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                  Cherylptw RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 06:22 PM

                  I suggest bringing some really good vanilla ice cream & perhaps some caramel to go with the pie

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                    Phurstluv RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 06:47 PM

                    Hi Bada Bing! I know exactly what you mean, I am the same way, dessert always gets left to the end of my planning process, and I don't usually address it until I have to.

                    I think lemon bars would be nice, and lemons are in season now, and if you find some Meyers, even better. I use Martha Stewarts recipe from Everyday Food, it's straightforward and simple, and you just need to do it a little early in the day, so they have an hour to chill.

                    Another idea I had was mini cheesecakes. Make you favorite cheesecake filling, then use either mini muffin tins lined w/cracker or cookie crumbs and melted butter crusts. Or I have even used those premade phyllo cups I find in the freezer case at the market. I have made key lime minis or orange cheesecake ones with grand Marnier. Let me know, and I'll type out or link you to the recipes. : ))

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                      karykat RE: Phurstluv Jan 27, 2011 09:14 AM

                      I was thinking lemon too. Maybe a frozen lemon souffle and something like that.

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                      mcel215 RE: Bada Bing Jan 27, 2011 11:13 AM

                      If you are looking into brownies, then check out Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownie recipe over on the food network site. They are amazing and the recipe calls for making them in a half sheet pan, which feed a ton of people. :)

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                      valerie RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 06:27 PM

                      These Seven Layer bars are always a hit, and very easy.


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                        brooklynkoshereater RE: Bada Bing Jan 26, 2011 06:56 PM

                        What about pecan pie bars, or an always-crowd-pleasing-favorite like chocolate chip cookie cake or brownie?

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                          Querencia RE: Bada Bing Jan 27, 2011 09:24 AM

                          I would want to know whether mine was the only "extra" dessert or whether this would be a sort of dessert buffet involving multiple efforts. If the latter and I were rushed, I might take nice box of chocolates to go with post-dessert coffee.

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                            jules127 RE: Bada Bing Jan 27, 2011 11:08 AM

                            I made Rose Levy Beranbaum's chocolate peanut butter mousse tart the other night and it was excellent. It can be made in advance and it is very homey. I think it is always nice to have a chocolate option after a beef dish for the chocoholics.


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                              geminigirl RE: jules127 Jan 27, 2011 01:06 PM

                              Thanks, that looks really good!

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