"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-04-2015, 04:31 PM   #1
Certifiable Executive Chef
 
Janet H's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 3,283
Easy cook dessert ideas please

I need some help coming up with dessert ideas that can be made easily with little cooking. Here are the limitations and parameters:
  • Must serve a large group (potluck dinner for about 60).
  • Must be able to make it in a little camper with very little prep space. I have a stove and oven but local temps will be about 90 and I don't want to bake.
  • Refrigeration is limited. Once made it needs to be able to withstand heat for several hours. I have a small fridge that ingredients could be stored in.
  • I need to make it the day of service.
  • Needs to be relatively simple to eat, not too messy. Folks will be balancing plates on their laps..
  • Can't be cut up fruit - someone else has already grabbed this option.

So far I am coming up mostly empty...

I have mulled over making some fancified rice crispie treats that are rolled in toasted sesame seeds and slivered almonds but that seems sort of lame.

This crowd is expecting awesome and I would like to oblige. Any ideas?

__________________

__________________
Forget love... I'd rather fall in chocolate!
Janet H is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 04:48 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 24,122
Easy cook dessert ideas please

I'd go bop the person who took the cut up fruit idea and steal it back.

Was thinking something like peanut butter rice krispie bars frosted with chocolate. Does the crowd imbibe? There are some really cool ideas for jello shots around. Lemon squares were popular at my little town's picnics back in the day, as were those bars made with coconut, sweetened evaporated milk, and chocolate chips. The Kitchen had some interesting ideas for tapping a watermelon a few weeks ago.
__________________

__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 04:56 PM   #3
Master Chef
 
Cooking Goddess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Body in MA ~ Heart in OH
Posts: 8,281
What is the time frame between your arrival at camp and when dessert goes on "stage"? If you'll be at home a day or two before, you might be able to go with a clafoutis. I just made one from this recipe on Serious Eats last night. Easy enough that Himself could make one. We ate it warm last night - good. I had a tiny slice for breakfast this morning, taking it from the fridge about 1/2 hour before eating so it was cool, not cold - also good. IF it would work out as far as timing, travel, and storage go, you could make several larger pans (maybe 2 or 3 9x13?), keep in the fridge at home until departure, then store in a cooler with ice bottles (made from 2-liter pop bottles) until you need to take them out and cut into serving size pieces.

OR go with Dawg's idea of maiming and stealing.
__________________
... nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have... ~~~ LeBron James
Cooking Goddess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 05:00 PM   #4
Master Chef
 
Aunt Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: near Mount Pilot
Posts: 7,006
I would let them toast marshmallows on a stick or make some exotic grownup smores.
__________________
Aunt Bea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 05:06 PM   #5
Certifiable Executive Chef
 
Janet H's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 3,283
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cooking Goddess View Post
What is the time frame between your arrival at camp and when dessert goes on "stage"? If you'll be at home a day or two before, you might be able to go with a clafoutis. I just made one from this recipe on Serious Eats last night. Easy enough that Himself could make one. We ate it warm last night - good. I had a tiny slice for breakfast this morning, taking it from the fridge about 1/2 hour before eating so it was cool, not cold - also good. IF it would work out as far as timing, travel, and storage go, you could make several larger pans (maybe 2 or 3 9x13?), keep in the fridge at home until departure, then store in a cooler with ice bottles (made from 2-liter pop bottles) until you need to take them out and cut into serving size pieces.

OR go with Dawg's idea of maiming and stealing.

That looks amazing. I will get to camp on thursday and service is Sunday. This is why the need to make on site - the storage time would be too long, imo if I made it at home.

I agree that a sliced watermelon would be easy but someone had to pull the short straw - this time it was me. Regarding jello shooters - I think they would melt and of course they would need to be chilled prior to service - my camper fridge is small. Think dorm fridge size. The other issue is that I might eat them all before service ;)
__________________
Forget love... I'd rather fall in chocolate!
Janet H is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 05:07 PM   #6
Certifiable Executive Chef
 
Janet H's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 3,283
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
I would let them toast marshmallows on a stick or make some exotic grownup smores.
Nice idea - I agree, but we have a burn ban in effect for forest fires - no campfire.

Keep thinking please - I am really stuck!
__________________
Forget love... I'd rather fall in chocolate!
Janet H is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 05:08 PM   #7
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 24,122
Easy cook dessert ideas please

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
I would let them toast marshmallows on a stick or make some exotic grownup smores.

Good idea. A Smores bar, with the usual suspects along with different types of chocolate, mint sprigs, caramels, maybe some chopped nuts and other sprinkley stuff.

Oh shoot, just saw the post about the burn ban.

A Cozumel friend makes the jello shots and keeps them in a cooler.
__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 05:12 PM   #8
Master Chef
 
Aunt Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: near Mount Pilot
Posts: 7,006
How about an after dinner drink like a grasshopper, Brandy Alexander, Chocolate Raspberry-tini etc... Make a punch bowl or pitcher full and serve it in small plastic cups.
__________________
Aunt Bea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 05:16 PM   #9
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 16,907
Make these in advance in pans that stack in a cooler and freeze them. Thaw, cut and decorate the day of service: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2...razy-brownies/
__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 05:21 PM   #10
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 24,122
Easy cook dessert ideas please

This would involve a large cooler and probably dry ice, but maybe gourmet popsicles? Made at home in advance. Keep them in the cooler during the potluck and have a pair of tongs handy.
__________________

__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cook, dessert, easy, ideas

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.