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Non cupcake/bar/cookie recipe needed for intimate Christmas dinner party

What dessert is not overly complicated to make and will wow my guests.

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  1. Chocolate mousse with berries? pavlova? A tray of fine and fancy chocolates with berries (à la chocolate tasting)? profiteroles? poached pears with cookies... all can be mostly be made in advance and are quite easy to prepare

    1. Ina Garten's Pumpkin Roulade.
      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...
      Click or copy the link above. I've made this cake every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past four years since discovering it. It is easy and delicious and a welcome change from chocolate desserts.

      1. This pear almond tart is a huge hit!!

        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

        And just between us, I sometimes use a pilsbury roll-out crust and canned pears in juice. No one can tell the difference and everyone loves it!

        1. Triffle. Layers of cake brushed with sherry, jam, custard and begin again. Top with whipped cream and fresh berries. All items can be store bought.

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          1. re: ola

            Thanks for all the ideas so far!

          2. Perfect Creme Brulee.