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Need 'wow' dessert that's not a cake that lookings amazing like I've spent hours but really haven't!

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Lilykin Sun 19-May-13 15:16:27


I really need a 'wow' dessert that's not a cake, trifle or cheesecake but looks really amazing like I've really spent ages making it in the kitchen.

Buying the whole thing from a shop and passing it off as my own is not an option!

I am stuck, please help.

Sleepwhenidie Sun 19-May-13 15:18:08

Big squidgy inside meringues with passion fruit, raspberries and whipped cream?

saintmerryweather Sun 19-May-13 15:19:25

lemon meringue rouladr. everyone thinks meringue is difficult to make but this is easy peasy

DontmindifIdo Sun 19-May-13 15:21:35

If I need to do something like this I make this nigella mousse

But put in glass tumblers, add raspberries in the bottom, do one layer with white chocolate mousse - leave to set for a few hours (the actual making takes minutes) then another layer of dark chocolate mousse.

People think you've spent ages, the whole thing takes about 30 minutes of actual making time, in 2 15 minute blocks with a bit of setting time. If you feel like being super fancy, grate some white chocolate over the top.

MrsMangoBiscuit Sun 19-May-13 15:21:51

Dark chocolate and pear frangipane? I melt the chocolate in the microwave, use ready to use, pre-rolled puff pastry, and do all the mixing in a food processor, chucking it all in together. It's very tasty.

DontmindifIdo Sun 19-May-13 15:23:11

or for even more 'easy' version, do it with rich dark chocolate alone, put in esspresso cups, grate white chocolate over the top to be the froth and serve. With dark chocoalte it's v rich so you really don't want much!

Madamecastafiore Sun 19-May-13 15:24:27


The nigella ones are good and everyone is always impressed.

Taffeta Sun 19-May-13 18:39:48

Iced berries with hot white choc sauce.

sharond101 Sun 19-May-13 22:04:47

supergreenuk Sun 19-May-13 22:14:04

Key lime pie. Go to carnation web site for recipe. It's lush.

YoniOno Sun 19-May-13 22:16:40

I posted this same dilemma a few weeks ago and ended up making tiramisu - 'twas tasty and impressive, and took about 20 mins to assemble including washing up smile

forevergreek Sun 19-May-13 22:19:27

Chocolate cherry trifle!

redwellybluewelly Sun 19-May-13 22:22:44

Eton mess or some kind of portioned out pre prepared roulade in a glass with v pretty and subtle decoration

Nothing too sweet

Fruit always nice

Try getting local ingredients (if fruit)

Lilykin Mon 20-May-13 08:40:20

Yummysmile Thanks everyone I like all of them but I think my guests will like sharond101's Swiss cake icecream suggestion and DontmindifIdo chocolate mousse suggestion.

Please keep any more ideas coming in, need an excuse to try more dessert recipes and scoff them myself for future occasionssmile

seeker Mon 20-May-13 08:43:42

Eton Mess.

With a ton of edible glitter and crystallised rose petals.

IShallWearMidnight Mon 20-May-13 08:44:50

lemon mille fueille (sp?) - ready rolled puff pastry, cut into thirds. bake. Whip double cream, add a big dollop of lemon curd, mix a bit, but so you still can see the curd. Layer it pastry,cream, pastry, cream, pastry (keeping the nicest piece for the top). Dust with icing sugar.
Cut using a bread knife, but very carefully. Looks amazing, tastes amazing, almost zero effort grin

Minion Mon 20-May-13 09:01:17

Go to M&s.
Purchase their ready made profiteroles (2 boxes for added height and wow-ness).
Stack said profiteroles into a croquembouche and stick them together with ready made caramel sauce.
Drizzle more sauce over just before serving and dust with icing sugar.
Et voila.

Lilykin Tue 21-May-13 10:05:28

Minion-the croq. tower certainly will look wow. Hmm, I can get away with saying I made it because I had to create a tower it hold it place...;)

lucamom Tue 21-May-13 13:41:54

Google Nigella's express cheesecake. Tastes amazing, always gets a 'wow', if you decorate it 'posh' you can make it look as good as it tastes (think poncey fruit - can't think of the name but like syphillis - and mint leaves as decoration etc)

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