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post #1 of 13
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My Aunt and Uncle are coming down to visit me and my parents. I am supposed too cook dinner for them on Friday, and I need help figuring out what dessert to make with my entree. The entree is pork chops with mushrooms. It's some kind of Latin recipe that my girlfriend taught me how to make a few years ago. please help.
post #2 of 13
It's really hard to answer this question. I don't know what your culinary skills are or what sort of tastes your relatives have.

Without knowing more about your guests, I'd suggest a fresh fruit salad as a simple and light alternative. If you wanted to upgrade this, try making a fruit sorbet with fresh fruit as a garnish.

When in doubt, one of my fallback favorites are glazed strawberries in a shortbread tart. Dust the tart with powdered sugar before serving. If you decide to make shortbread tarts, use bread flour instead of all purpose. This will create a firmer, crispier product.
post #3 of 13
It's fall. Apple pie and ice cream is always good:look:

Phil
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post #4 of 13
Not to push the latin thing, but Creme Caramel's good for the season and impressive enough. You can always flavour the Creme Caramel with fall flavours or spices or chocolate if you want something a little different. Simply garnish with some fruit.
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post #5 of 13
I'd consider a tricked out panna cotta. They're easy to make, look more impressive than they are, and is light enough to follow any meal.
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They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #6 of 13
Keeping in line with the latin theme what about "flan"? It's the latin version of Creme Caramel.
post #7 of 13

A few ideas

Keeping in the season, working with apples this time of year is wonderful.
This weekend I made a trio of desserts. One was spontaneously created called
“Apple Pie” Fruit Compote. I simply used a mellon baller and scooped out
(Granny Smith) apple balls (putting them in aciduated liquid).
Then using apple pie flavors, sauteed them in butter, brown sugar, a dash of
cinnamon, star anise, dash of cloves and allspice and apple cider slurry.
Served in mini champagne glasses.

Another suggestion is a fabulous Bananas Foster Cheesecake. Email (pvt message) me for
the recipe…I’m happy to share it.

Anything chocolate is a count-on-able favorite with women. Make sure it’s dark chocolate.
Perhaps a flourless chocolate torte. Top with Godiva white chocolate whipped cream. Garnish
with raspberries on the side and sprig of mint

Mini tray of mignardise or cookies (for those who may not want dessert, a one bite cookie
will satisfy)

Finish with espresso and sambucca with your sweet finale.
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post #8 of 13
Good suggestions, I like the idea of creme caramel.

I would suggest a rice pudding as dessert. Many easy ways to make it, here's one that's fool proof.

- 1 cup long grain rice (basmati or jasmine are nice)
- 5 cups whole milk
- 2 or 3 tbsp sugar
- vanilla bean or extract
- 1/2 tbsp grated nutmeg
- 2 tbsp grated cinammmon

1. Place the rice, milk, and sugar in a pot and bring to a simmer.
2. Simmer for 25 minutes stirring occassionally.
3. add the vanilla, nutmeg, and a pinch of cinammon. (At this point I like to temper an egg into it but that's optional)
4. Simmer until the rice is mushy and overcooked.
5. Place in small ramekins, dust with cinammon and allow to cool.
6. Place in the fridge and serve after it has chilled.

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post #9 of 13
wine poached pears or apples.....caramel sauce and tiny cookies.....can be pre made
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post #10 of 13

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Apple pie,better!!
post #11 of 13
What about a pear or apple tart...
post #12 of 13
If you want to follow the Spanish theme, FLAN Here is a very easy recipe.

1 egg
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Fill that same can with whole milk
2 cups sugar

Preheat an oven to 300f and put a water bath on the middle rack.

Put egg, sweetened milk and whole milk in the blender and mix on medium speed until it is foamy and frothy on top.

Put sugar in a pan and over medium low heat cook until liquid and brown.

Pour sugar into either individual ramekins or an 8" pie pan and pour the Flan mixture ontop.

Put the ramekins or baking pan into the waterbath uncovered for 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and put in fridge for 4hrs to overnight. With a pairing knife cut around the outside to seperate the edge from the pan. Turn out onto either individual dishes if you cooked in ramekins or a pie plate and serve cold.
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Flavor: The overall impression combining taste, odor, mouthfeel and trigeminal perception.
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Taste: The sensation derived from food, as interpreted thru the tongue to brain sensory system.
Flavor: The overall impression combining taste, odor, mouthfeel and trigeminal perception.
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post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
thank you everybody. the flan worked well w/ my relatives. srry for not being on lately. work has been hectic. we all appreciate the help.
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