I am the sous at a small restaurant and I am thinking of fall menu ideas in advance. I am not a pastry chef but do have some experience with the pastry side at casual restaurants. We do not have anyone classically trained in the sweet side of things so we are not looking for technically challenging desserts, just season appropriate desserts that can be executed simply during service and do not eat up a lot of labor hours (labor is so tight at my place!). Our market likes sweet desserts and can't be scared off by things that are too creative dessert wise (we are a casual restaurant NOT located near the metro,).
For example, I did a grilled peach dessert with whipped mascarpone and balsamic reduction and mint garnish for $9. This is very easy on labor and is something that was well received. Last year I did pumpkin beignets with chilled nutmeg-cinnamon creme anglaise for $10. I liked this one too. Another popular one was a strawberry tart using (store-bought) pate sucree, raw sliced strawberries and topped with whipped creme fraiche.
Again, I would love to do everything from scratch but can't dedicate the hours to making everything from scratch so I have to pick my battles selectively dessert wise. Especially with no real pastry chef in house! We do not have the money to dedicate to using premium quality dessert ingredients either unfortunately. I want desserts to stop being an afterthought and get our clientele to want to order more of them. So any ideas for fall desserts would be a big help!