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alitria Feb 14, 2011 08:40 AM

I'm having people over Saturday night for chicken and green chili enchiladas with arroz verde.

I'd like to have something for dessert, but after that dinner, I can't bring myself to make anything too heavy. On the other hand, fresh fruit here is still in the mind-blowingly expensive stage of the year and I'd like to do something a little fancy.

I considered key lime pie as an option, but I'm curious what ideas other people can come up with before I settle on anything. Even better if it's reasonably affordable. There will be six of us for dinner.

Thanks!

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    arp29 RE: alitria Feb 14, 2011 08:47 AM

    I sometimes like to serve pavlova after a heavy meal. You can still incorporate citrus by making a curd (lemon, lime, orange,) to top it with. Add a little whipped cream and and maybe just a few berries and you have a light tasting dessert that won't break the bank!

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      sbp RE: arp29 Feb 14, 2011 09:02 AM

      My thoughts exactly - a citrus curd. You can get frozen passionfruit puree at hispanic markets - makes an uncommon and delicious curd. And instead of using hard meringue as a base, you can make large crumbles and serve it on top like snow.

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        Jay F RE: sbp Feb 14, 2011 09:08 AM

        I'll third this.

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          alitria RE: Jay F Feb 14, 2011 09:33 AM

          This does sound good, and not fussy at all. Thanks!

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            karykat RE: alitria Feb 14, 2011 09:47 AM

            Everything on this thread sounds good.

            If you decide to make a citrus curd (now or later) take a look at this lemon curd recipe from Pierre Hermes via Dorie Greenspan. It is supposed to be lighter and lemonyer and I think it looks easier.

            Here it is: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

    2. ipsedixit RE: alitria Feb 14, 2011 09:07 AM

      How about a trifle with angel food cake, yogurt, frozen berries (e.g. blueberry) or sliced bananas (those should be available, right:?) and maybe a layer of jam?

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        alitria RE: ipsedixit Feb 14, 2011 09:34 AM

        This also sounds good and my freezer is still well stocked with a variety of freezer jams from summer. Thanks!

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        katecm RE: alitria Feb 14, 2011 09:16 AM

        Would you consider something as casual as a cookie? These margarita cookies are fantastic: http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/04/lon...

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          alitria RE: katecm Feb 14, 2011 09:35 AM

          I would. And even if I don't serve these this weekend, I am better for knowing you can make margarita cookies!

        2. chowser RE: alitria Feb 14, 2011 09:37 AM

          If you want something key lime, I've made this lemon-lime mascarpone mousse w/ key lime and it's very good, nice and light.

          16 oz. Mascarpone cheese
          2/3 cup sugar + 1/4 cup sugar for the egg whites
          3 lemons
          zest of 1 lime
          5 eggs, separated

          1. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until they are very pale.
          2. Beat in the mascarpone cheese, the lemon juice and the lime zest until very well combined.
          3. In a clean bowl, with clean beaters, whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form.
          4. add the 1/4 cup of sugar into the whites and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
          5. Gently fold the whites into the mascarpone/lemon mixture until no streaks remain.
          6. Divide among 6 ramequins or other decorative bowls and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

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            alitria RE: chowser Feb 14, 2011 11:04 AM

            One thing I'd considered was a cheesecake, but immediately discarded the idea as way too heavy for the meal, this might be a lovely compromise!

          2. todao RE: alitria Feb 14, 2011 09:43 AM

            If you have (or can obtain) individually size trifle dishes it would be a light and beautiful finish to your meal. Two or three layers of lady fingers, whipped cream and mixed fruits (strawberries, raspberries, blue berries - frozen works very well) with a drizzle of sauce made of the juices drained from the strawberries/raspberries and thickened with a little cornstarch brings a touch of elegance to the occasion.

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              alitria RE: todao Feb 14, 2011 11:06 AM

              I don't think I can get the dishes by this weekend but this sounds so pretty I know I want to keep the idea in mind to try for a pretty dessert this summer. I love lady fingers so this would be an automatic success for me anyway.

            2. greygarious RE: alitria Feb 14, 2011 09:46 AM

              Customize a good quality storebought vanilla ice cream by softening it in the refrigerator, then stirring in fresh fruit and/or fruit curd and/or preserves. Refreeze before serving as is, or maybe accompanied by cookies or made into ice cream sandwiches using graham crackers or your favorite homemade cookies.

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                alitria RE: greygarious Feb 14, 2011 11:03 AM

                I was pondering this with those margarita cookies upthread. If not this weekend, then the first really hot day of the summer. Possibly instead of dinner.

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