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

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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.

    http://www.hubertkeller.com/recipes/m...

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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.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/283632

    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.

      http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip...

      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.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madelein...

        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.

            1. Cream puffs. They're dead simple & everybody loves them.

              Butter cookies or shortbreads - the French call them "sable" for their sandy texture. Or meringue cookies, plain or flavored/colored as you like.

              Fruit tarts -- besides the ones mentioned above, there's also the kind with a sweet crust, pastry cream/custard and fresh fruit - very pretty with berries.

              Or you can go really French with a selection of good cheese & a baguette, & maybe some grapes.