The Cottage Smallholder


stumbling self sufficiency in a small space

Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

No permission to create posts
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Catering for a crowd - small cold desserts
Wed 30-Jun-10
12:21 am
Avatar
brightspark
Wilts

Supreme Being
Members
Forum Posts: 10485
Member Since:
Wed 30-Dec-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Last year, we went to a village party in France, where the host is changed each year.

Our neighbours have asked us to joint-host the party next year.

Last year, after the barbecue was finished, the host produced some wineglasses - each one filled with a small tiramisu. I thought that was such a lovely idea.

I would like to copy the idea, but what I need is a (different) recipe that can be shared between a large number of people (40-50 potentially) and made in advance.

Tall order, I know, but all suggestions gratefully received.

Cheers

"Work for a cause, not for applause
Live life to express, not to impress
Don't strive to make your presence noticed
Just make your absence felt"
Wed 30-Jun-10
12:40 pm
Avatar
MOS
Cannock Chase

Councillor
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 1635
Member Since:
Wed 12-May-10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

HI BS

just read your post out to Mrs MOS and she is wondering round the kitchen listing things that would do the job my favourite so far is profiteroles in chocolate mouse ,the other ideas are champagne jelly,  lemon mouse, light chocolate tort ,individual trifles ,passion fruit and DARK chocolate mouse with raspberry sorbet top but they would have to be fridged till use .small crepe suzette with grandmarnia and fresh orange slice folded into a wide champagne glass ..and the list goes on some of them sound long winded some sound unbelievably scrummy ,but she keeps coming back to lemon mouse to clear the palet after the BBQ ,thats the trouble with living with a cookie type she is making wedding kakes as we speek and the smell is unbelievable then she talks about all these puddings ,and all i have for mi lunch is a beef sarnie and an ecles cake OH HUM,,,,MOS

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Wed 30-Jun-10
1:07 pm
Avatar
JoannaS
Latvia

Supreme Being
Members
Forum Posts: 4800
Member Since:
Mon 21-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

The simplest dessert I ever made that worked really successfully was a layered custard and fruit in syrup thingummyjig which was layered into cups and looked really pretty. I always make my custard from scratch after my youngest used to react to colourings in custard powder and so I make that using 2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch), 1tbsp sugar, 1 egg to one pint of milk. Mix the cornflour with a little milk before adding the eggs and then just mix it all in together and heat until the right consistency. Cheers

Wed 30-Jun-10
6:39 pm
Avatar
SandyC
Turkey

Enthusiast
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 221
Member Since:
Sat 12-Jun-10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Mini meringues can be made well in advance and topped with cream and fruit the day before.

The more people I meet, the more I love my animals!

Thu 1-Jul-10
12:14 am
Avatar
brightspark
Wilts

Supreme Being
Members
Forum Posts: 10485
Member Since:
Wed 30-Dec-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Golly, MOS, that list is impressive. Tell Mrs MOS I'm overwhelmed and millions of thanks. WellDone

I'll be back in touch for recipes! Smile

Joanna that sounds really nice, especially as we have fruit trees and bushes - in fact if I'm honest, the dessert that was presented last year was more like custard with coffee-flavoured cake in it - didn't have the same appearance or taste of a real tiramisu, but it was nice and very welcome. WellDone

Sandy, thanks for that - I must say I do like that combination WellDone, and when we catered for four girls and four boys, 13-yr-olds, from France, back in March, we offered them a choice of sticky toffee pudding; chocolate brownies with hot chocolate sauce; or, meringues with mascarpone and fruits of the forest drizzled over them. Six of them went for the meringue and two for the brownies. Eeek

Hubby and I (host to the girls) and our neighbours (host to the boys) all sat back and enjoyed our sticky toffee glorious - sorry, pudding. Embarassed

BrightSparklyStuff

"Work for a cause, not for applause
Live life to express, not to impress
Don't strive to make your presence noticed
Just make your absence felt"
Thu 1-Jul-10
6:28 pm
Avatar
JoannaS
Latvia

Supreme Being
Members
Forum Posts: 4800
Member Since:
Mon 21-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Ooh sticky toffee pudding - something I often order when in England Cheers

Fri 2-Jul-10
9:08 am
Avatar
SandyC
Turkey

Enthusiast
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 221
Member Since:
Sat 12-Jun-10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

This has given me the idea to make mini cherry pies in large muffin tins. I amde large ones last week mixing the pitted cherries with dry semolina,sugar,lemon juice and almond extract.

The more people I meet, the more I love my animals!

Fri 2-Jul-10
11:22 am
Avatar
Toffeeapple
North Bucks

Members

Moderators
Forum Posts: 16220
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

There you go again, showing off your cherries! Big_Laugh  The pie sounds good, any chance of a recipe please?  I mean proportions etc.

I'll try that again!

Fri 2-Jul-10
12:12 pm
Avatar
SandyC
Turkey

Enthusiast
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 221
Member Since:
Sat 12-Jun-10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

4 cups cherries

4 tblsp semolina

1 cup sugar

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp almond extract

lemon juice to bind

Mix all together and leave for 15 mins before filling pie

3 tblsp butter dotted on top of cherries then put on lid. Cut slashes to release juice.

For the minis I shall chop the cherries smaller but they go in whole for the big pie.

Sorry to harp on about the blasted things but they have become a nightmare....every cupboard, fridge ,freezer(& I have 4!) that I open and the things are there staring at me. I even have some on the garden table solar cooking to become cherry brandy. I too used to love them until this year.

The more people I meet, the more I love my animals!

Fri 2-Jul-10
12:41 pm
Avatar
Toffeeapple
North Bucks

Members

Moderators
Forum Posts: 16220
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks for that, if I ever get a decent amount of cherries for a reasonable price, I shall have a bash at that.  I know what you mean about getting fed up with things when you have too many.  As a teenager I had a weekend job in a sweet shop...

I'll try that again!

Fri 2-Jul-10
4:15 pm
Avatar
JoannaS
Latvia

Supreme Being
Members
Forum Posts: 4800
Member Since:
Mon 21-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Didn't Cadburys allow people to eat what they like in the chocolate factory who worked there on the basis that after a while the thought of anothe chocolate somehow loses its appeal?

 

Which reminds me of another dessert, mars bar shortbread. Shortbread base with melted mars bars over the top and then a layer of chocolate. No recipe I am afraid, it was my friend's favourite recipe when she used to host mums and toddler groups at her house, many, many moons ago.

Fri 2-Jul-10
6:55 pm
Avatar
SandyC
Turkey

Enthusiast
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 221
Member Since:
Sat 12-Jun-10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Otherwise known as millionaires shortbread if  you want the recipe. If  you cannot get mars bars ( we can't)  you can make the caramel with condensed milk(can't get that either but bring it in from Bahrain)

The more people I meet, the more I love my animals!

Sat 3-Jul-10
2:53 pm
Avatar
Danny
Scarborough, England
Admin
Forum Posts: 5516
Member Since:
Sat 12-Aug-06
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

When we used to do garden parties for up to 70 people, a granita was a great one. Simple to make, nice and light after a heavy lunch and just the right touch for a party.

These are few of Fiona's "in a glass" desserts:

Damson granita with kirsch recipe

Dessert gooseberry and white currant jellies recipe

Homemade elderflower and raspberry jellies recipe


Judy™s recipe for elderflower and lime jellies

 

Never knowingly underfed

Sat 3-Jul-10
4:34 pm
Avatar
brightspark
Wilts

Supreme Being
Members
Forum Posts: 10485
Member Since:
Wed 30-Dec-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Fab ideas, everyone - I'm spoiled for choice !!!!!!!!!!!!!

WellDone  WellDone

BrightSparklyStuff

"Work for a cause, not for applause
Live life to express, not to impress
Don't strive to make your presence noticed
Just make your absence felt"
Tue 5-Jul-11
10:42 pm
Avatar
brightspark
Wilts

Supreme Being
Members
Forum Posts: 10485
Member Since:
Wed 30-Dec-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Well - you lovely people - 

the party in France went off swimmingly - an amazing day.

 

The dessert I decided on was Chocolate Mint Mousses. My lovely cousin, Pat, came to help me with the organising of the party.

I saved 50 little yogurt roundy pots, and dishwashed them all before the day.

They were really good, and attractive.

Pat has been a leading light in the Guides and handles crowds with ease. About an hour before everyone arrived, I found her in the kitchen making the lightest fruit scones, then she whipped some cream, added some strawberries - and they were gone in a flash. Our French friends enjoyed them enormously. I saw the scones arrive, and then I saw an empty plate - I didn't get to taste them !!frown

"Work for a cause, not for applause
Live life to express, not to impress
Don't strive to make your presence noticed
Just make your absence felt"
No permission to create posts
Forum Timezone: Europe/London

Most Users Ever Online: 509

Currently Online:
30 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

brightspark: 10485

danast: 10232

Aly: 9421

Sooliz: 7981

Hattie: 6920

Ambersparkle: 6665

JoannaS: 4800

Terrier: 4518

eileen54: 4396

Xahha: 4231

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 9

Members: 15402

Moderators: 2

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 6

Forums: 25

Topics: 2246

Posts: 122520

Newest Members:

NomlertKr, IgorHaNir, Ralphhah, lamstoresellerd, SarahWek, omegaCoat

Moderators: Toffeeapple: 16220, AdminTA: 10

Administrators: fn: 321, Danny: 5516


Copyright © 2006-2012 Cottage Smallholder      Our Privacy Policy      Advertise on Cottage Smallholder