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Need a T'giving potluck dessert that doesn't require baking

onrushpam Nov 12, 2011 04:06 PM

I've searched, but haven't found much to help me on this one.
Our annual T'giving lunch at work is next week. In past years, it has been 100% potluck, except for the turkey, potatoes and gravy. Everybody always ask that I bring my cornbread dressing. Last year, I also took a pumpkin cake roll that was a big hit. This year, it is 100% catered, except for dessert.

As one of the few employees who actually cook, I'd like to contribute something. However, my ovens are kerplunkt, due to be replaced next week, but not in time for this.

So, I need a good dessert that does not require an oven and can be made the night before.
I have a LOT of frozen GA peaches I'd like to use. And, I just made a big batch of really good caramel sauce. What could I do with those? Or any other ideas???

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    berkleybabe Nov 12, 2011 04:25 PM

    Ask the caterers to bring vanilla ice cream and top with the peaches and caramel. Otherwise cookies -- those bars that just require assembling.

    Another reason I HATE work potlucks.

    1. babette feasts Nov 12, 2011 04:53 PM

      Crepes. And ice cream if you have a machine.

      1. c
        Cathy Nov 12, 2011 04:55 PM

        Whipped cream.

        1. TorontoJo Nov 12, 2011 05:06 PM

          Buy pre-made mini croustades at the grocery store and fill them with mascarpone cheese mixed with some of your caramel sauce. Top with some chopped peaches and drizzle with a bit more caramel sauce.

          1. goodhealthgourmet Nov 12, 2011 05:14 PM

            peach mousse with gingersnaps?

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              ola Nov 12, 2011 05:42 PM

              trifle with store bought pound cake

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              1. re: ola
                maxie Nov 14, 2011 11:33 PM

                I was thinking trifle, too, but with ginger snaps.

              2. chowser Nov 12, 2011 06:53 PM

                Do you have a crock pot? That would make a great bread pudding w/ the peaches and caramel sauce. And it would be easy to bring to the potluck, too.

                You could also do a canary pudding,like this but vary it for the peaches:


                You can also put cookie dough into either a waffle maker, panini press grill, if you have any of those. It makes a crispy exterior, chewy inside, just a perfect ratio. It takes about 2 minutes per cookie.

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                1. re: chowser
                  onrushpam Nov 13, 2011 09:59 AM

                  I'm going to give the bread pudding a test run later today. Sounds like the perfect solution.

                  1. re: chowser
                    opinionatedchef Nov 15, 2011 01:07 AM

                    now chowser, ya gotta tell me more about this cookie waffle idea of yours! there are a million diff kinds of cookies>> what kinds have you tried before for this? and what about choc chips as an element?thanks much; what a novel idea!

                    1. re: opinionatedchef
                      chowser Nov 15, 2011 04:05 AM

                      I keep the NYT chocolate chip cookie dough in the refrigerator for a few days so when I have a craving, I make a couple of dough balls and pop them in. It takes a couple of minutes but I had to play around w/ timing and how much to push down. I took the idea from this:


                      And, there's a place near me that does a flourless chocolate waffle so thought I'd try that, too. It's easier because w/ the panini press, if you're not careful, the dough can come out the sides. The cookies are so good--crispy on top and bottom and chewy in the middle. The site said to press them for 8 minutes. I don't know if mine is extra hot but it's about 2 minutes for mine.

                      1. re: chowser
                        chowser Nov 15, 2011 04:08 AM

                        It just occurred to me that there could be a market for a dessert place like this--you could have cookie dough in containers, ready to press. Two minutes later, hot cookies to order, and you could mix dough. Much better than cupcakes! Plus, the shelf life of cookie dough is much longer than cookies.

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                    meerastvargo Nov 14, 2011 05:01 PM

                    How about Tiramisu?

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                    1. re: meerastvargo
                      Strangewine Nov 14, 2011 05:02 PM

                      +1 on Tiramisu.

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                      karykat Nov 14, 2011 08:07 PM

                      Take good vanilla ice cream or yogurt. Let soften. Then fold in canned pumpkin and some cinnamon. (I've done this with a high proportion of pumpkin to ice cream to make a kind of a low fat dessert but you can do it to taste. Maybe half and half pumpkin to ice cream or less.) Then refreeze. Serve with your caramel sauce. It would be absolutely fantastic with that and you'd be able to incorporate pumpkin in a different way. Top some nuts too if you want to add one more element.

                      1. Emme Nov 14, 2011 10:27 PM

                        You could do a Peach Charlotte served with Caramel Sauce....

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                          JohnOort Nov 15, 2011 08:03 AM

                          Good old dream pie in a store bought graham cracker pie crust. This is my favorite Thanksgiving pie (I know, heresy). But no cooking involved, just a lot of mixing. If you are unfamiliar with this pie, get a box of dream whip and the recipe will be on the package.

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                            Querencia Nov 16, 2011 04:29 PM

                            Google the words "Triple Chocolate Mess". It's a dessert that you make in the slow cooker.

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