I hate recipe planning. Its just so hard to decide! I'm having a dinner party this weekend. Any thoughts on a dessert? Not too complex, but delicious and appropriate for eating on the roof of a garage
Garage top dinner parties?! Love it!! What a fabulously fun and quirky summer party idea. Recipe planning is actually tons of fun, I don't understand. This little Muse's favorite thing to do every year is plan my extensive Thanksgiving Menu stored and shared via GoogleDocs. But I guess that's why you are asking for help.
Your party sounds like it is going to be pretty caj so you need a dessert to match. Let's steer clear of cool whip and jello and go with some gourmet options that are easily executed and enjoyed.
- Peach Shortcake. Same idea as strawberry shortcake but with peaches for a new little edge. Make a basic sweet biscuit topped with some raw sugar. Cut your peaches, toss in sugar, and allow to sit 30 minutes (for sugar to dissolve and fruit to soften...this is called "maceration"). Cut the biscuit and put the peaches between the halves, top with fresh whipped cream. Couldn't be easier.
- Granita topped with homemade whipped cream. Strawberry - Rhubarb or Honeydew or Espresso. One of these recipes says to put it in a food processor - no no. You are just supposed to put it in a dish an scrape it up with a fork - we're keepin' it simple.
- Summer fruit galette. Make some pie dough, roll it out into a circle. Dump 1 lb of your preferred fruit (mixed with ~ 2 Tbs cornstarch, little lemon zest, 1Tbs lemon juice, pinch of salt, 1/2 cup of sugar) in the middle. Fold the edges up, pleating them so they cover some of the fruit but there is an open spot in the middle. Egg wash, sprinkle with raw sugar, bake at 400 for 30-45 minutes. (photo from Smitten Kitchen)