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Feb 23, 2008, 2:24pm   #1
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I've been asked to bring a dessert for a wine tasting/dinner party, but cannot come up with any fabulous ideas! I love to cook, and would prefer to make something rather than buy it. Any suggestions?
Feb 23, 2008, 2:26pm   #2
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Something with chocolate may be a good choice. Most reds go really well with anything chocolate. Do you know if they are going to be serving dessert wines as well?
Feb 23, 2008, 2:30pm   #3
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Originally Posted by lelgin
Something with chocolate may be a good choice. Most reds go really well with anything chocolate. Do you know if they are going to be serving dessert wines as well?
Yes, there will be dessert wines! I was thinking chocolate as well, maybe molten cakes, but my problem is time - the party is tomorrow evening, and there will be 12 people.
Feb 23, 2008, 2:31pm   #4
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truffles!

they are pretty simple to make and are a good 'wow' factor

plus they are great to just pick up and eat...no need for forks or plates etc
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...ruffles&st=nyt
Feb 23, 2008, 3:22pm   #5
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Pavlova!

edit- I just realize you need something for tonight. I like the idea of a flourless choclate cake or torte. I think it would go well with dessert wine...
Feb 23, 2008, 3:26pm   #6
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I agree with everyone else....chocolate something!
Feb 23, 2008, 4:41pm   #7
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Thanks, girls!

I'll definitely go with chocolate - those truffles look sooo good, and so easy. I might just make them for myself.

Claire, it's tomorrow night, I think I'll look up some flourless recipes.
Feb 23, 2008, 4:58pm   #8
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If you need a quick dip for the dessert wine, serve it with fresh friut and this easy as can be dip I make, all you need is heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and a little almond extract. mix about 2 cups cream with about 3/4 sugar and the almond use to taste. All you do is mix it with a hand held beater untill it starts to form peaks and put a few dollops on everyones plate with fresh scewered fruit. make sure to refrigerate till your ready to use it. I love it and it taste so yummy. I have used other extracts but almond is the best!
Feb 23, 2008, 6:54pm   #9
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Dark chocolate goes very well with red wine. Enjoy
Feb 23, 2008, 7:34pm   #10
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LadyJ, I'm going to try that fruit dip sometime. It sounds delish!!
Feb 23, 2008, 7:40pm   #11
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Depends on what the wines are. It's best to try to match to the wines.

Try to balance the sweetness of desert wine with something light and airy, usually something involving fruit and honey would be good. Chocolate is only really great when paired with dark reds, but sometimes it depends on the specific wine.
Feb 23, 2008, 7:54pm   #12
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Thanks, girls! I know there will be another dessert there, hopefully fruity - so think I'll stay w/ the chocolate. Plus, knowing this couple, they are DEEP into heavy reds.

I'm thinking either a flourless choc cake with ganache icing, or a choc tart. I'm going shopping tonight, so need to decide in the next hour or two. Tart would be easier, especially if I buy a flash-cooked shell - argh, decisions.
Feb 23, 2008, 8:02pm   #13
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How about chocolate covered fruit.... Strawberries, bananas, that kind of thing. Very easy to do, looks expensive, and tastes even better!
Feb 23, 2008, 8:16pm   #14
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Great idea, too! Along with Ladyjanes dip.
Feb 23, 2008, 10:21pm   #15
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Originally Posted by claireZk
LadyJ, I'm going to try that fruit dip sometime. It sounds delish!!
its so good, thanks you'll love it, I always make this for parties with fruit sceweres, its sooo light and fluffy. love it!
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