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What is a good dessert to make for a dinner party?

Asked by Sunnybunny (469points) March 7th, 2012

A total of 14 people, nice sit down meal of steak and seafood. I am drawing a blank on dessert ideas but would prefer something I can make a day ahead of time. What would you serve for dessert? I’m pretty good in the kitchen.

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mrrich724's avatar

whatever it is, i’d make it light. steak and seafood is heavy…

Blackberry's avatar

Yeah, since the meal is heavy, make the dessert light. Maybe something with fruit and cream.

Earthgirl's avatar

Pineapple upside down cake
Lemon Tea bread (I have a great recipe for this!)
Both of these taste better the second day and they stay moist
If you want I can send your the recipes

jazmina88's avatar


or pineapple upside down cake

6rant6's avatar

Homemade cheesecake is always a hit.

Crème brûlée is good, because you can make it for just as many people as you need. It should be made a day ahead and then have the sugar melted on top just before serving. It’s showy and fun, and because servings are individual, it’s easier for people not to pig out.

marinelife's avatar

Maybe just a small square of chocolate or a chocolate truffle or two.

JLeslie's avatar

Lemon cake

Ice cream with a homemade berry fruit syrup

Choice of sorbet, my favorites are Coconut and Rasberry. You can serve the coconut inside a half coconut shell with some sort of chocolate figurine or lacy cookies dipped in chocoate on the side.

Orange slices with dark chocolate shavings.

Chocolate mouse.

Assorted cookies that go well with coffee and tea. Shortbread, almond cookies, pecan sandies, lemon crunch, linzer cookies. Let people pick their choice.

WestRiverrat's avatar

A nice fruit parfait served individually in a wine glass to each person.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Have you thought TIRAMISU??????

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Have you thought TIRAMISU?

fundevogel's avatar

Panna cotta is a pretty do-ahead dessert if you’re up for it.

john65pennington's avatar

If you have a Publix grocery store where you live, they have a killer key lime pie they make right there in the store. Its 6.95 and well worth it. Goes good with seafood.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Sorry about the double-take….something must have gone wrong!

Keep_on_running's avatar

I just made a lemon meringue pie and it was freakin’ awesome, if I do say so myself. It looks impressive but it’s not too hard.

Sunnybunny's avatar

Tiramisu is so good it’s worth saying twice!

Lots of good ideas and the panna cotta in particular looks fun to make. I like the idea of finding fun little glasses or cups to serve it in. If I can convert the measurements to cups and teaspoons that is. I’m sure there’s a website for that or at least I hope so because math is really not my thing.

Kardamom's avatar

I also give votes for Trifle in individual glasses, and Cheesecake (with fresh berries on top)

If you want to try something a little different, how about Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

You might want to do 2 desserts. I know that in my family, there are some folks (mostly males) who won’t touch a cheesecake or any other dessert that they consider to be frou-frou including trifle or panna cotta or tiramisu. Silly, right? Anyway, they will almost always eat something chocolatey.

Like Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze served with vanilla ice cream.

Or German Chocolate Cake

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