If you are like me, you probably are waking up in a panic realizing that no, you in fact haven’t chosen what you’re going to cook for Christmas dinner. And no, you can’t do the grocery shopping for said dinner until you figure out a menu.
Well, I can’t help you out for mains – although I always enjoy a nice roast chicken (and it’s dead easy). But I do have some dessert recipes that are relatively easy, delicious, and will help you out in a pinch. I also suggest you check out this supremely awesome post from Macheesmo, which highlights a ton of delicious stuff that people are baking and up around the Internets.
Chocolate Nutella Profiteroles
I served these at my birthday party and they were a huge hit. Chocolate and Nutella encased in a crispy pastry shell. What’s not to love?
Remember this tart? The one that I completely flipped over when I tripped carrying it to the metro? Well, it’s so delicious it doesn’t even matter what it looks like (and believe me, it did NOT look pretty when it was finally eaten). Chocolate cookie crumb crust filled with a layer of chocolate ganache, topped with a layer of white chocolate mint mousse. It is delicious. Delicious, delicious, delicious.
I love this pear tart because it at once rather staid and traditional, and more delicious than most modern, “innovative” desserts. Almond cream, pears poached in a red wine syrup, and a cookie crust are nothing if not classic French pastry. It sounds kind of boring. But it isn’t. The sweet and tart pears are a revelation with the sweet almond cream. There are some classics that are classic for a reason, and this is one of them.
Ahem. The holidays call for chocolate, don’t they? Then indulge in this decadent chocolate cream pie – chocolate crust, filled with dreamy and creamy chocolate pudding, topped with cinnamon spiced whipped cream. Its simple and rich and a rather soulful way to end your Christmas dinner.
I know this is an odd one as a choice for a Christmas dessert. After all, the holidays are about excess – we want more flavors, more layers, more sauces, more of everything. But think about it. After a day of eating everything – chocolate from the stocking, a rich Christmas morning brunch, a decadent Christmas dinner – aren’t you a little tired of excess? Don’t you want something straighforwardly delicious? The Gatuea Breton – a French butter cake – is kind of like a richer, cakier shortbread cookie. It’s mostly butter and sugar, with a little bit of flour and vanilla thrown in for good measure. You can serve it with fruit, or ice cream, or you can do what I like to do, and eat a big wedge with a cup of tea. Not, it’s not the trendiest “thing” on dessert menus right now, but it is delicious – and the kind of simple food that your guests are craving by the end of a long day of eating.
What are you making for Christmas day dessert? And are you freaking out about it?