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What dessert to bring to in-laws for X-mas eve?

Hi Everyone,

I am looking for the right dessert to bring to my in-laws for Christmas Eve. Every year I make a delicious, beautiful dessert and they look at it like it is poison. Past projects include coconut cream pie, apple pie, carrot cake, pistachio - cranberry biscotti, sweet potato pie, yule log, (chocolate genoise with fluffy mousse inside and ganache outside) and last year pecan pie "bites" in phyllo shells.

I have no idea what to make this year, but I cannot show up empty-handed. At this point I am thinking a box of chocolates... They don't drink wine.

They are italian (from the old neighborhood, not the old country), are very bakery oriented, and only cook at home from a mix. The only thing I don't bake well are cookies because my oven is vintage and half size so I avoid cookies.

Any suggestions are welcome.

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  1. Why not go to an Italian bakery and get cannoli?

    1. What have you seen them eat in other circumstances?

      Since you've tried so many things, you may just resign yourself to never pleasing them, so make something you like.

      But if you want one more try... How about a Cannoli Cake?

      1. I'm making Tiramisu for one of my desserts, it's easy and it's always a big hit.

        I also like that I can make it the night before. And you just can't mess it up. I buy the hard lady fingers too, they hold up better.

        www.saffron215.@blogspot.com

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        1. re: mcel215

          I concur on the Tiramisu and the hard lady fingers. That's the best and yes....it is an easy recipe.

          1. re: mcel215

            mcel, if i click on the link right here in your post (and not your profile) i get the photo i am attaching. if i bypass that, then i get a gmail/blog sign in page (or the like).

            in short, i think you meant to put your link to your blog, and that needs this address (as on your profile): http://saffron215.blogspot.com/

            ps, i wanted to find your recipe for tiramisu! ;-). can you link it please?
            pps, i'm enjoying your blog very much!

             
          2. I made this for my Mom for Mother’s Day; it went over very well with no leftovers at all. Just a few notes to add to the basic recipe:

            You can buy the frozen puff pastry at any grocery – I use the Pepperidge Farm brand. Just follow the thaw directions on the package.

            I use a 13x9 baking stone made by the Pampered Chef…you can most certainly use another medium if you wish. I just consistently get great results from that product.

            We had premium vanilla ice cream for the topper…yummers…
            Easy Apple Strudel
            6 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and thinly sliced
            1/4 cup raisins
            2 tablespoons sugar in the raw
            1 T maple syrup
            1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
            1/8 teaspoons ground nutmeg
            1 T minute tapioca
            2 puff pastry sheets
            tablespoon melted butter & 1 T sugar in the raw
            Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

            Combine the apples, raisins, sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a glass baking dish. Cover and bake until the fruit is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir in the tapioca and allow the mixture to cool.

            Lay the 2 sheets of pastry on a large baking stone. Mound ½ of the fruit mixture on ½ side of pastry, leaving about ½ inch empty around the apples on the 3 sides. Fold the top half over the apples and wet edges of the pastry with water and pinch to seal. Brush the top of the strudel with the butter then sprinkle with sugar. Vent the strudel with a sharp knife. Repeat for other sheet.

            Bake to a golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.

            Hope this helps...

            1. Italian Cheesecake.....