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#1 just roses

Posted 18 July 2019 - 07:15 PM

I’m on dessert for a progressive dinner on Saturday night and desperately seeking the wisdom of EB for ideas.

If you’re not familiar with a progressive dinner, it’s where you go to one house for entire, one for mains and another for dessert (that’s me).

There will be eight adults and nine kids (aged 9-14) and there’ll be an expectation that the food will be fancy.

Complicating it is that I’ll have no prep time, so will have to have it all prepared in advance.

I’d like to do finger food type desserts, petit four style. So I’m keen for about four different options and maybe some extra chocolates, fresh berries and even cheese maybe?

I make a toblerone cheesecake so i’m hoping that will work to do in silicone muffin trays.

What else should I do? Since not everyone loves chocolate, maybe something citrus-y?

I would greatly appreciate any ideas! Thank you.

#2 Daxy

Posted 18 July 2019 - 07:33 PM

It's not finger food, but creme brulee is a great prepare in advance fancy looking dessert. When people arrive at your house you'll just need to sprinkle sugar on top and blow torch it (get a kitchen one at your local cookware store). Kids could have something else- fancy cupcake etc.

#3 BBC

Posted 18 July 2019 - 07:39 PM

Individual mini trifles
Chocolate mousse
Brandy snap baskets filled with fruit and cream

#4 harryhoo

Posted 18 July 2019 - 07:44 PM

Mini lemon or lemon meringue tarts
Meringues (or little pavlovas) with whipped cream and fruit for people to put their own on
Homemade icecream and mini cones

#5 just roses

Posted 18 July 2019 - 08:42 PM

Thank you! Some great ideas, particularly for elements I can buy (like brandy baskets!)

#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:11 PM

I've done individual cheesecakes in a muffin tray before - using patty cases made getting them out easier.

A cheese platter would also be a nice touch, i know a few people who would prefer a savoury option rather than a sweet.

#7 can'tstayaway

Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:30 PM

Chocolate fondue is always a hit with kids at our house. I usually offer a platter I’ve put together earlier with a mix of fruit, marshmallows, and biscuits.

For the adults, a bombe Alaska is impressive. Make the filling ahead of time, several days if you like and keep in the freezer. Make a Swiss meringue that day and it can keep in the fridge. Just before going out to dinner, pile onto the frozen filling and leave in the fridge. My freezer is really cold so ice cream can gently soften in the fridge for a few hours without melting.

When ready to serve, heat some booze in a pan and pour over and around the bombes. Set it alight and allow the theatrics to entertain.  You can make individual ones or one big one and cut it like a cake to serve.

Add a cheese platter for those who don’t have a sweet tooth and everyone’s happy.

To cheat, I have used good quality bought ice cream and sorbets.  You can also use a purchased sponge cake as the base, it just needs a little cutting and trimming. It can be made mostly ahead of time so is impressive for little effort. The booze doesn’t completely burn off so not really child friendly but they should be too engrossed in their chocolate fondue.

#8 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:33 PM

Chocolate souffles. You make them before and leave them on the bench, ready to pop into the oven for 10 minutes and then voila!! Serve with vanilla icecream and fresh berries.

#9 Holly298

Posted 19 July 2019 - 12:30 AM

Mini sticky date puddings with homemade butterscotch sauce - easy to make the night before and just warm before serving! I make mine in muffin tins so more like a big sticky date cup cake! I’ve served 60 at a party and they look impressive served in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and warm butterscotch sauce poured over - warm desserts are great for winter

#10 Drat

Posted 19 July 2019 - 06:56 AM

Mini caramel cheese cakes. So delicious.

You can either have a cold caramel topping, or you could warm it up just as you get home.

#11 SplashingRainbows

Posted 19 July 2019 - 07:02 AM

These look cute, and easy


#12 marple

Posted 19 July 2019 - 07:50 AM

Little strawberry jelly and panna cotta in glasses. You make ahead and they have an angled layer. They look really impressive but are super easy. I will try and find the recipe for you.

Edit I found it .  reddit -  gif recipes  - search for strawberry panna cotta

Edited by marple, 19 July 2019 - 07:59 AM.

#13 seemingly

Posted 19 July 2019 - 10:05 AM

Really like the idea of a cheese platter with slices of pear and grapes, quince paste for sweetness and a Moscato or dessert wine.

Made ahead pastries with cream cheese and blueberries/raspberries, or the like? Nutella and/or cinnamon sugar option for the kids. Should remain crisp and fluffy if stored when cool in an airtight container.

And to go with it all, mugs of homemade hot chocolate (guests can add their own mini marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream and/or Kahlua/Baileys for the adults).

#14 just roses

Posted 22 July 2019 - 08:14 AM

Thanks again for all the ideas!

I ended up going with cheesecake, almond and lemon cake and the cheese platter. The first two went fast and the cheese platter was enjoyed by an 11 year old. But you can never quite tell, can you.

I'm saving all these other ideas for Christmas :-)

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