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Feb 23, 2011 01:39 PM

Cheap, easy, really good dessert to bring to a dinner party -- does it exist?

I'm looking for a signature dessert -- something to bring to dinner parties that is really good. The catch: it has to be (reasonably) cheap and easy. Any ideas?

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    1. re: jaykayen

      Ditto on the flan. Make one with cream or half-and-half, and all yolks, and you'll be surprised how many people prefer it to a fancier dessert.

    2. Hi John,

      Cheesecake. Lemon Vanilla is a classic. I can post a recipe if you don't have one.


      1. I always fall back on a really good pound cake. Drizzled with chocolate or lemon glaze, or just plated with fresh berries & a dollop of freshly whipped cream.

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        1. re: tall sarah

          Or turn the pound cake into a trifle...

        2. arroz con leche, or one of any number of rice pudding variations. Use real whole milk [I have used an organic 'amish' milk sold at the local farmer's market], the right kind of rice [soft, plump shorter grains - I think I use arborio, but don't remember!] cane sugar, good, fresh cinnamon, and lime zest [the latin touch that really helps make it]. My stove-top version takes a little care watching and stirring, but well worth the effort. Very cheap, easy, great comfort food dessert. You will remind every lovely latina you meet of their abuela [but in a good way .....]

          1. Either individual pavlovas or one big one. Profiteroles are very inexpensive to make as well. I always recommend Eton Mess which is crushed meringue with fresh fruit (traditionally raspberries) and whipped cream - lots of crunchiness, pillowy clouds of cream and tart fruit. Oh, and drizzle on top with raspberry coulis.

            Panna cotta is another easy inexpensive dessert. Oh, and so is semi-freddo. Both incredibly simple but delicious.

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            1. re: chefathome

              I'd agree with pavlova - so easy and very impressive, not to mention delicious.