Pavlova is a very impressive looking and easy dessert to make. You basically whip egg whites, sweetener and corn starch to make meringue. Make little bowl shapes of the meringue on parchment paper and bake. Make whipped cream using heavy whipping cream, sweetener, and cream of tartar. Just before serving, fill the little bowls with whipped cream and top with berries. You can even use aerosol whipped cream, but the real stuff is much more delicious. Makes a fantastic looking dessert.
@carl669 My youngest daughter and I are big fans of dark chocolate. She makes a similar dessert, with dense dark chocolate cake, mousse and ganache. She usually cuts back on the sugar since neither of us like overly sweet things. It is a rich and delicious dark chocolate “fix” for us junkies.
Everyone loves a parfait. They’re super easy. Layer whipped cream, pudding, and then cake, cookies, brownies, fruit, or any combination of whatever you like. Repeat layers. If it’s just the two of you, you can make individual ones in tall glasses.
Spouse and kids love chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and chopped Oreos. Brownie chunks or chopped/mini Reese’s cups would plus it.
@katbyter We invited a neighbor for dinner a couple weeks ago. Since our blueberries are ripe and plentiful, I was going to make a cheesecake, but I forgot about the long cooling time, so instead I made no-bake blueberry cheesecake parfaits. They were super quick and easy to make and everyone raved about them. Highly recommended. https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/blueberry-cheesecake-parfaits
You could also make ice cream if you have a hand mixer. No ice cream machine needed.
2 cups heavy cream, whipped
Fold in one 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1-2 teaspoons vanilla (or vanilla bean paste if you want more vanilla flavor, but you’d use less of that because it is more concentrated)
Pinch of salt
That’s your base vanilla ice cream. You can stop there or plus it. Add flavor like mint or cocoa and/or mix-ins of your choice – cookie dough or brownie nuggets, chopped Oreos, Reese’s – whatever mix-ins or fruit you’d get in your Dairy Queen blizzard. Fold those in, put in a container and freeze overnight. Scoop, serve, and enjoy!
@Star2236 Yes just fold in and freeze. Make sure you don’t over beat the whipping cream though, or it will start to turn to butter, and your ice cream, though tasty, will leave a film on the roof of your mouth.
Tiramisu is easier than it looks, and that can wait for you in the refrigerator so you don’t have to do the work the day of, so that’s one idea, but everyone swoons over ricotta cake, and it’s the easiest cake in the world, basically a pancake in a cake pan. Not too sweet, just perfect for both dessert lovers and those who usually say they don’t like cake. I use more or less this recipe from Bon Appetit, sometimes add lemon zest or almond extract, and I generally use fresh fruit not frozen, but straight up how it is written it works very well. bon appetit ricotta cake
I don’t mind things that are difficult bc I bake and cook a lot and like to do it. He’s a chocolate person where I don’t really like chocolate so when I make deserts I usually go with things I will like but since it’s his bday I’m thinking I should maybe make something he would like. I was kind of thinking Chocolate lava cake and the chocolate mouse looks good but I’m not sure. I just made banana cream pie last weekend and that was really good. I’m a fruit and pasty type desert person or stuff like the banana cream pie.
As for deserts - Mojave
As for desserts - Crepes Suzette. Definitely use the technique where you rub the sugar cubes on the orange and lemon rinds before making the sauce. When you heat the brandy to pour over the dessert, heat it on low until you can just see a tiny wisp of vapor and little “legs” of alcohol running down the side. Make sure you have a clear/safe path and hurry (safely) to pour it over the crepes. You’ve got maybe 5 seconds for a perfect flame. The effect is best if you turn the lights low before you light it. Use a lighter with a long tip instead of a match or bic type lighter or else you may add the scent of burning hair (from your hand) to the aroma. It helps to have a team- one managing the crepes and the other to manage the brandy
My ex used to make something called banana split cake. It was primarily butter, sugar, and eggs. It probably took a few months off my life expectancy with each bite. But it was tasty, and very simple to make. There is a variant which uses cream cheese in place of butter, but that’s really not much more than cheesecake, innit.
Preheat oven to 350.
For crust, mix crushed graham crackers and 1 stick of butter. Line bottom and sides of a 13 by 9-inch pan with mixture. Bake crust for 5 to 8 minutes.
Beat 2 eggs, 2 sticks butter, and 2 cups sugar until fluffy. Spread mixture on the cooled crust. Add a generous layer of crushed pineapple and layer of sliced bananas. Cover with whipped topping and sprinkle with nuts or graham crackers. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Enjoy. Die early.
@djslack@f00l Joy of Cooking has been a staple of our culinary prep for so long the cover has come off the copy we have and several of the index pages are loose. You can tell our favorite recipes by the amount of batter/butter stains etc on the appropriate pages.
I ran across a bunch of CD copies years ago and gave one to each child (as well as a hardcover copy) on their departure from the nest. They use them frequently. I ran across a copy of the disk the other day, and have it put away for safekeeping in case something happens to the hard cover one we have (spontaneous grease fire?) in the event it ever gets hard to find in paper format.
@chienfou@djslack@f00l I have my grandmother’s copy of that. Her comments are scattered throughout. My niece really coveted it and cooks a lot so I gave it to her. I’d look in it on occasion but not enough to justify keeping it from someone who’d use it as it was intended. I am presuming my middle sister has my mom’s copy.
For dinner, an easy-peasy but yummy dinner is roast chicken with carrots and potatoes. Just toss the cut up veggies with a small amount of rosemary, salt, and olive oil and place in roasting pan with a whole chicken or leg quarters. As the chicken roasts (in less than 1 hour) it will give additional flavor to the veggies. This is an easy one dish meal that everyone thinks is harder than it is.
If by homemade you mean driving 700 miles to New Orleans to get a dozen (or two) freshly “homemade” canollis from Angelo Brocato’s then that’s my winner. The regular half-and-half, please. If you know what that means, then you know what a real canolli is. Yeah, you right!
/image Angelo Brocato’s canolli
I think the Italian grocers (Amighetti’s? Colino’s? Volpi?) carry the Brocato’s cookies, but … the fresh canollis are over 9000. Not sure what they fill them with up here in STL on The Hill, but it’s definitely not the same.
@blaineg@mike808 the ones on the hill taste like what you get in Sicily. It is basically ricotta, powdered sugar, nutmeg, little chocolate chips…I would have to look @ my recipe I think I am forgetting something.
@blaineg@mike808 they sell two types here in STL at the major bakeries. The cream ones and the ricotta ones. If you don’t ask for ricotta you get cream. The ricotta ones are traditional, but no anise in STL…at least not traditional sicilian ones.
@tinamarie1974 Ah. TIL. I’ll have to ask for the ricotta ones. I must have gotten the cream-filled ones all tarted up for the tourists. I do have some Eye-talian heritage, but it is way back up in the OG Cajun family tree.
My family members love red velvet cake with either chocolate frosting or cream cheese frosting and a chocolate ganache (although one prefers mirror finish to ganache) If you want the recipe, ping me in the reply. It’s not that hard and it is really good. At Valentine’s Day (and for my son’s wedding rehearsal dinner desert) I used heart shaped cookie cutters to make individual heart shaped cakes. If its just you and bf, this is the route to go because you only make one thin layer and then cut it. Fewer ingredients and no leftovers