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Jul 31, 2014 08:33 PM

Dessert Italian Style

My boss has thrown down the dessert gauntlet for our divisions' annual summer function.

As part of the affair, each department has been requested to bring 2-3 desserts, serving 25-30, that are Italian in theme or style. The department will decide which desserts to submit for blind judging (i.e. the judges are not from the division and won't know who, or which department submitted each dessert)

My baking and dessert skills are good to very good and as the Director of Food Service I'm pretty sure my department will be looking to me to provide a dessert.

Hit me with your best Italian dessert ideas. Recipe links appreciated

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  1. I could not begin to advise you, but I've wanted this book for a while
    it might be a start.

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    1. re: blue room

      Yes, that book is fabulous, and the cover recipe is for a watermelon tart with pistachios. You can't do much better than that!

    2. Make a "deconstructed peanut butter and jelly" gelato flyte.

      A peanut gelato, a strawberry gelato and a Grape Nuts gelato.

      Serve a scoop of each in a gelato flyte, as a deconstructed PB&J gelato.

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          For something like cannolis you can certainly use a small cooler to pack your filled pastry bags in until it's time to pipe the shells.....not that difficult. And just think you will be the only clever one who bought in a cool creamy dessert!

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Hey it just occurred to me -- if you are Director of Food Service at a company with multiple divisions, and your boss wants an Italian dessert contest, shouldn't the company provide refrigeration of some kind

            1. re: blue room

              The facility in which her summer fling is taking place doesn't have refrigeration (other than A/C). We're catering it from another facility about 8 miles away

        2. Mini amaretto cheesecakes
          Chocolate cannolis
          Tiramisu pudding with espresso whipped cream
          Chocolate espresso granita
          Pineapple chunks soaked in Sambuca
          Better yet, flaming pineapple chunks soaked in Sambuca!

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          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Cannoli is already plural and does not need an 's' at the end. A single one is a cannolo.

            Vivi, ama, ridi e specialmente mangia bene (Live, love, laugh and especially eat well).

              1. re: ChiliDude

                And I bit my tongue from saying this...please admire my restraint! ha

                  1. re: sandylc

                    I know that I have become pedantic about the Italian language, but it is such a beautiful language that I brings on tears when it is not correctly spoken. Unfortunately, my restraint is lacking much to the suffering of my wife who is of Italian heritage whom I too often embarrass.

                    I miei antenati non erano italiani (My ancestors were not Italian).

                    All the misspelling of 'capocollo' are my pet peeve. It is a delicious salumi (cured meat) that I cringe when I see 'capicola' and other misspellings.

                    Mi dispiace tutti (I apologize everyone).

              2. being from an I-A family where "everything" was from scratch dessert was usually bought - pastries and baked goods were aside from some regional family dishes not ever made at home

                EXCEPT COOKIES

                Italian holiday cookies are so awesome and often homemade - I am partial to pine nut and ones with lemon frosting but there are so many

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                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    If you're thinking cookie route, one of my favorites is the rainbow cookie:


                    1. re: chowser

                      That one is always a hit. And it keeps very well, too.

                  2. A giant cake in the shape of a horse's head, complete with "blood" at the neckline. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

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