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Dec 25, 2013 05:24 AM

Easy, Festive, French-Inspired Dessert to Bring to New Year's Eve Potluck?

So we are going to a potluck for New Year's. The family is French and does not seem to be into the same types of desserts that my family is drawn to. I think holiday flavors like peppermint and probably ginger too will be out of the question and I don't think they are huge fans of buttercream... They do like things like mousse and flourless chocolate cake..but I think the hostess is making the latter. Any ideas for something easy that would appeal to their palate? Maybe a tart of some kind? I know the hostess made a pear-almond tart for another get together....

Thanks in advance!

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  1. What about a tarte tatin? If you have a Trader Joe's nearby, they have a great puff pastry for it.

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    1. re: chowser

      Oh, if they like pear, try galleygirl's pear tart. It's really easy and delicious, much better than you'd think given how easy it is. Top w/ slightly sweetened creme fraiche if you want tartness.

    2. Laura Calder's (French Cooking at Home tv show) apple tart is terrific; I've made this many times to rave reviews. Perhaps serve it with some cinnamon-scented whipped cream or cinnamon ice cream.

      1. How about madeleines? You can't get much more French than that, and they're easy to make. Of course, that means you need to have a madeleine baking pan.

        1. if there are children involved, I make meringue cookies with good chocolate chips. You can find plenty of good recipes for them, but they are absurdly easy to make and a good merengue is very French. Similarly, a good butter cookie is always welcome.

          1. A tarte would be great, make a pate brisee fill it with a pastry cream then raspberries(or any fruit) and glaze with some apricot jelly. My absolute favourite french dessert are profiteroles with vanilla ice cream(or lightly sweetened whipped cream_creme chantilly)and chocolate sauce. I also really like creme caramel, it is quite light and refreshing.