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Sep 18, 2013 08:49 AM

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!

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  1. 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!

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    1. re: pinehurst

      As a kid, I used to enjoy a simple vanilla custard.

    2. 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............

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      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

        Love Baklava, I could eat about a million calories, found in 2 pieces, of it!

        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

          I love's just that it's hard to find good ones.

          1. re: Monica

            Very easy to make great baklava especially if you are okay with using package filo dough. Just takes patience! YUM!

            1. re: Kate is always hungry

              My son and I made baklava for him to take to an international food day when he was in 10th grade. One of the young ladies asked him to marry her, she loved it so much.

              1. re: kitchengardengal

                Your son made a hit with the sweets dept!

                1. re: kitchengardengal

                  What a cute story! I made a tray for my brother to take to our cousin in Chicago. From all reports, she ate the entire tray in 2 days--except for the 2 pieces my brother ate!

              2. re: Monica

                I'm not even that picky, since it's rarely offered to me. I LOVE baklava.

              3. re: mrbigshotno.1

                'Come to think of it I also really like............' Please elaborate for the curious!

                1. re: treb

                  I will as soon as I get back from sewing the buttons back on my shirt.

              4. 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.

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                1. re: Midknight

                  Unbaked cheese cake? How does it set up?

                    1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                      Yup, that's the one! :)

                      I've also seen it with whipped cream folded into the recipe, as well. It's not bad, but MUCH sweeter.

                      Then there's also out double chocolate with meted chocolate folded into the cream, and has an oreo crumb crust instead of graham.

                  1. 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 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 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.

                    1. 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.

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                      1. re: JungMann

                        Sugar free baklava??? Where do you get this miracle food?

                        1. re: EWSflash

                          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.