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Jan 19, 2014 02:34 PM

What dessert would you serve after this pasta?

I'm making tagliatelle with braised veal ragu for company. It's a very hearty dish. Can't figure out what type of dessert would be good to serve after such a filling meal. Any ideas?

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  1. Panna cotta with berries? Or a nice sorbet or parfait?

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    1. re: linguafood

      Grilled pineapples with brown sugar and chaat masala or tajin spice, served with homemade vanilla ice cream

    2. i would also suggest sorbet. I remember having a scoop of espresso sorbet and scoop of lime sorbet after a v. rich Italian meal and it was the perfect finish.

      1. I love serving sorbet after an Italian meal. I often grill some fruit to put on top and drizzle with a bit of balsamic glaze.

        1. In the winter, a favorite dessert at my house is pears poached in red wine. I peel them, core with a melon baller, and cut the bottom so they'll sit flat.

          Sit them carefully in a saucepan to which you've added about an inch of red wine, a spoonful or two of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon if you wish. Let simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, or til you can easily pierce the pears with a fork or the tip of a knife.

          Stand them on a plate or in a shallow bowl, and spoon a little of the poaching liquid over the top.

          They come out absolutely beautiful --- they fade from the pale yellow near the stem to a blushing red at the bottom.

          Warm, sweet (but not too sweet) and light. If you're feeling decadent, a small spoonful of creme fraiche will do.

          (ETA better cooking instructions)

          1. I would do poached pears or a blood orange olive oil cake with blood orange compote.