What Do You Eat for Dessert?
Lately, at least on week-ends either at home or going out, I've been liking a variety of room temperature imported cheeses accompanied by some wine or port. Occasionally, I'll add in some dried fruits and nuts. I also like anything dark chocolate desserts and crème brulee's. My old standard by during the week is fresh cut fruit.
How about you, what are some of your favorite dessert desires and how often do you indulge. Life is too short to be deprived!
I don't eat a lot of dessert because I tend to eat a good-sized dinner, but when I do, I lean toward bitter things (esp after a big meal) like espresso or dark (80%+) chocolate.
After a light meal, I will nibble on a cheese plate happily.
In the winter, I really really really (REALLY) like oven baked custards. These were a standard in my home growing up. So comforting!
If I could have anything, it would probably be a Napolian or Turkish Baklava, cannoli's are awfully good and then again there is mincemeat pie and tarts. I've always enjoyed oversized cream puffs and just the other day I had some of the best Wyoming cowboy cookies. Come to think of it I also really like............
I don't have much of a sweet tooth (usually much to everyone elses charinge around the table) but two dessert items I can rarely pass up are:
1) a good regular flavoured creme brulee, none of this chocolate or raspberry or whatever flavours crap.
2) a creamy UN-BAKED cheese cake with a thick graham crust and preferably a cherry topping.
Both my husband and I work full time and have 2 young kids so I don't have a lot of time to cook and bake anymore but we love eating. At home, we usually eat Haagen dazs vanilla ice cream with toasted walnuts and caramel syrup. I honestly wouldn't know what to do if Haagen dazs ice cream wasn't available everywhere. Even so called high quality ice cream isn't always as good as Haagen dazs. We also eat fruits and nuts.
If i do make desserts at home, I make things that are simple to make like blueberry bundt cake..just whip up and bake...no frosting, etc.
I work in Manhattan and live in NJ so I often times buy desserts in manhattan during work hours and eat it at home. Last night, I bought lemon meringue pie on the way home.
I also buy packaged European desserts from gourmet shops...like butter cookies, fruit cookies and chocolate cakes and packaged chocolates from Lindt is always good.
Chocolate chip cookies dough I recently purchased from Trader Joe's were excellent as well.
I try to minimize my sugar intake so I don't eat dessert terribly often. If I do, it's usually a digéstif (usually a cocktail made with amari or a whiskey). Around certain holidays I may have a piece of sugar-free something (baklava, turron, candy) or a small serving of ice cream. I'm also not opposed to a wedge of aged cheese and preserves to end a meal.
There are two Middle Eastern bakeries in the old neighborhood that make fantastic sugar free sweets. Not just diamond baklava, but also birds' nests, lady fingers and the coveted burma. I always bring a couple boxes back with me when I visit; they keep for about a month.