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Help! Need to make dessert for ten people

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Welovecouscous Thu 15-Nov-12 11:28:13

I have offered to help with a community meal and need a foolproof dessert which I can make in the Aga.

I am looking for something simple, which is suitable for winter, not too expensive. Something Delia like??

The people attending are mostly 50+, no children.

Aaaggh have never done this before in this quantity and feeling very overwhelmed!

LtEveDallas Thu 15-Nov-12 11:33:44

Does it have to be hot?

When I've catered for lots of people I've made a giant trifle and/or an ice-cream bomb. I made a couple of giant trifles for my dads retirement do (so 90% of the guests were 60+) and they went like wildfire.

midori1999 Thu 15-Nov-12 12:03:37

A nice crumble or treacle sponge with custard? Not very inventive, but very easy to make and usually popular.

Welovecouscous Thu 15-Nov-12 12:05:25

Pooh some very good ideas thank you ladies - funnily enough my German friend suggested trifle! Any good recipes I can use?

Treacle sponge is a wonderful idea too - again, is there a good recipe I can look up online?

Welovecouscous Thu 15-Nov-12 12:05:47

Aaagg not pooh blush

I meant oooohhh

Welovecouscous Thu 15-Nov-12 12:06:24

I'm still trying to find out if it has to be hot!!

brownies and ice cream/ pouring cream? doesn't have to be hot and is v sweet so a little goes quite a long way.

LtEveDallas Thu 15-Nov-12 12:17:28

I don't think you really need a recipe for trifle, just a good sized bowl(s). I bought two large punch bowls and still use them now:

Strawberry Trifle. Either use trifle sponge, a cheap spongecake or a Jam Roll, break or slice and put in the bottom of the bowl. Add some strawberries, tinned or fresh. Cover the whole lot with strawberry jelly (2 thirds of the bowl). Let that set then cover again with custard, let that set a bit more, then just before serving/displaying pipe some whipped cream on top and decorate with more strawberries.

Choc N Orange Trifle: As above but use chocolate sponge/roll, tinned satsumas, orange jelly and choc custard.

You can go all posh, you could add sherry/strawberry liqueur/orange liqueur, you could be imaginative (I make Rhubarb Trifle quite often smile), but Trifle is a classic that most people know and like (especially, I have found, older people).

Welovecouscous Thu 15-Nov-12 12:34:18

Brownies sound lovely too and thank you for the trifle recipe, Dallas.

Delia does a nice chocolate bread and butter pudding that is made in advance - so on the day all you have to do is heat up and serve with cream, which should be foolproof in an Aga.
link here

Thirstysomething Thu 15-Nov-12 12:50:37

Apple and blackberry crumble with cream always a winner (and i know several amazing cooks who cheat with the crumble topping you get from McDougalls which makes it even easier...

Or do a big layer of berries in a large dish,
whip together 300ml double cream and 200g caster sugar
fold in 300ml plain yoghurt and spread over fruit.
Sprinkle over 150g muscovado sugar and grill till melted.
Chill well.

How 'posh' is the event? Lemon Pots are the easiest pudding ever and you can make them look really smart. I do them loads for dinner parties.
For 8:
1 pint double cream
150g caster sugar
2 lemons
mint leaves, raspberries and/or shortbread if you want
8 small coffee cups or small pots

Heat cream sugar and lemon zest over low heat till simmering, stir continuously till sugar dissolved.
Take off heat and let cool till lukewarm
Mix lemon juice (to taste) with cooled cream in the pan and stir
Pour the mixture into cups/glasses/ramekins etc and put in fridge 3-36 hours before serving.
When set, garnish with mint leaves and serve with raspberries and/or shortbread.

Jusfloatingby Thu 15-Nov-12 12:58:17

Eton Mess, Pavlova or cheesecake could all be done in advance.

Welovecouscous Thu 15-Nov-12 13:01:26

I love the idea of cheesecake! Do you think eton mess and pavlova are a bit summery?

Welovecouscous Thu 15-Nov-12 13:05:40

Liking the lemon lots too - now finding it hard to choose smile

Jusfloatingby Thu 15-Nov-12 13:44:01

I suppose Eton Mess could be a bit summery but if you did the Pavlova with lots of green and red fruit it could look quite Christmassy against the snowy white background.

Pavlova!

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 15-Nov-12 13:54:35

Pav is super-easy, cooks well in Aga can be made in advance and just assembled at last minute. Also, it can be eaten by people with few teeth! NB I know you said that your people are 50+, and that this does not equate to tooth issues, but if you have some 90yr olds in the mix, you might want to consider this!

My other suggestion is a self-saucing pudding. Really easy. here is a recipe for a choc one, but you can google for all different recipes, lemon, apple, caramel etc.

Crumble and trifle also fairly easy, and always go down a treat too.

God, I love pudding.

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 15-Nov-12 13:55:29

NB for pav, you could use frozen fruits to keep costs down. Blueberries freeze and defrost a treat, but still seem 'special'.

lightfairy Thu 15-Nov-12 14:17:08

Chocolate fondue is a potential idea. Chop fruit in advance and place selection on bowls around the table then have bowls with chocolate in (90g for about 4 people) over tea lights to keep melted. Can also user chopped meringues and sweets.
If your over 50's are like my parents and their siblings, they are fairly similar to teenagers so they'll love it!

Welovecouscous Thu 15-Nov-12 15:54:12

Ooooh! Very good ideas!

doradoo Thu 15-Nov-12 16:15:10

How about a mincemeat slice.

Puff pastry (use the ready rolled stuff) and mincemeat. Roll it up like a big sausage and serve warm with cream/custard/brandy sauce

You can do as many as you need and vary fillings if you like.

BIWI Thu 15-Nov-12 16:22:31

Have you got Delia's Christmas book? There's a fabulous recipe in there for chocolate truffle torte. Really easy to make and serves, I think from memory, 12 people.

BIWI Thu 15-Nov-12 16:26:03
JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Thu 15-Nov-12 16:40:34

That torte looks great.

You could decorate it with some edible gold glitter; I put some edible glittery gold stars on a chocolate cheesescake not long ago, which worked well. I bought them from Morrisons for a couple of quid - a little goes a very, very long way so they last for ages.

FIFIBEBE Thu 15-Nov-12 16:56:31

Second Delia's Truffle Torte. You can cut in into however many slices you need, make it ages in advance, always works and has the wow factor. Sometimes I use orange flavouring/oil instead of booze for children. Sometimes serve with fruit.

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