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Oh, wow! I cannot believe I’m doing this! I don’t even like to cook. But here’s the deal. In January our organization is having a big event (big for us). It’s a benefit piano recital,and is as nice as we can afford to make it. We want to serve a nice, simple dessert. But so far, our volunteers haven’t brought any thing with what I call “wow” factor.  

So here are the requirement:

1. It must be simple, as many people will be making it.
2. Low cost, not a lot of expensive ingredients.
3. Easy to serve
4. Attractive.
5. Last but not least, tasty!

I’ve thought something from a bundt pan might be good, since it serves many and has good presentation.

But I’m open to ideas!
Thanks, ladies!



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • Whats the number of guests ?



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • I just took out my go-to cookbook for volume anything. It’s called “Cooking for a Crowd.” I see desserts there for Tiramisu, poached pears in red wine, one-pot rich fudge brownies with dried cranberries (I’ve made this and it’s wonderful), cream puffs are not hard but a little time consuming. I’ve made those for over 100 people (that was work) and there’s also the possibility of a trifle.
      They are so versatile and can be made with just about anything. I do those a lot and they usually get a big wow response. If you don’t have trifle dishes you can use deep baking dishes and spoon out the servings. How many people are you serving?



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • We expect to serve 100.

      I’ve not poked around on sites, because I really don’t know what’s good. I thought you ladies might have an idea that would fit the criteria and save me a lot of research! hey, that’s what friends are for, right? ;o)



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      Chattycathie wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • My favorite dessert for a large group is mud pie.

      Very simple.

      Oreo cookies crushed and put in the bottom of the dish.
      Then ice cream—I like mint ice cream, but you can use what ever ice cream you like. I have had it with coffee ice cream and vanilla and it taste good too.
      Then caramel sundae or chocolate syrup or both on top.
      Last-whipped cream.

      Put it all in a oblong glass dish and freeze and then pull in out of the freezer and cut in squares to serve.



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      Jenni0811 wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • i have zillions of recipes...give me some time and I will come up with a couple of suggestions tonight.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • The trifle looks wonderful, Cynthia! I don’t know how it would look scooped out on a small dessert plate, would it lose it’s wow?



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • Ina Garten’s brownies are made in half sheet pans and are very easy! I did those last year for one of the desserts for our Christmas party, we had 65 people, and they were a hit. You can make them a day or two ahead and they can be cut into small squares because they‘re so rich. Probably not too, wow, but the plates can be decorated with something like a pretty mint leaf and a dusting of powdered sugar within a stencil.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • I know this may sound simple but I think Id get a large tiered cake something that would make a nice centerpiece as well as being edible.. Id have them decorate it in piano keys.. I think it will be the cheapest and most Wow beautiful solution.. Go to a bakery and ask the cost Im betting it will not cost much.. Id do it in white butter cream with white inside.. with piano keys.. designed around the circles.. it will fit the theme and be a WOW factor.. plus be delicious... Im a big Cake freak.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • Bobbi‘e cake sounds great. You wouldn’t have to recruit people to make the dessert. Wonder if Costco can decorate something like that?

      I also like the mud pie idea. It sounds pretty and would feed a lot if you make it in several dishes.

      The trife’s wow factor comes mostly when people see it brought to the table. Then as it’s served the layers meld in together and it’s not as pretty.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • Cream puffs are just flour, butter and water. They are made in large batches and they keep in sealed bags or tubs until ready to fill. They can be filled with pudding, custard, whipped cream. They can be mounded up on a serving plate and sprinkled with powdered sugar.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • The trifle and cake would be perfect ideas if the dessert started out on the tables. But the dessert will be on plates and then served to the guests. The piano keys are a wonderful idea though! I wish we could do that.

      Tell me more about the brownies, Cynthia. What makes them so good? I love brownies!  Oh, and our theme colors are teal and brown!

      Cathy, do you think we’d risk the icecream melting in transit to the event site? Sounds quite yummy!



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      Chattycathie wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • Do you have a freezer at the site?  If so, just put it back in till you serve.  If not, it depends on how long are waiting till you eat.  If you freeze it overnight, it can hold for quite a while.  Since its winter, it might hold for a while.  If you don’t have a refrigerator at the place, you can always put it in a ice chest to keep it cold till served.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • This recipe makes 54 brownies.

      It has dried cherries or cranberries, brandy or kirsch or orange liquor,butter, unsweetened chocolate, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour and hazelnuts which are optional.

      I can give you the exact amounts if you’d like. Everything is made in one pot and spread into a large sheet pan. I call these “adult” brownies because of the liquor but that is optional too.

      I didn’t have dried cherries so I used cranberries from Costco and they worked really well.

      They were a hit. You’d only need a couple of large sheet pans to serve all of your guests.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • Ive had Cosco / Sams in this area... do tiered cakes.

      You just buy the large sheet and then have them put a smaller on top, then next smaller and then even a round and I bet they can do the piano keys.. it would serve over 100 and be really beautiful...  

      I am also thinking that if you went to the hobby shop you could find a cute, piano to put on top of the cake.. have the bakery do it.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • I forgot, this is not Ina Garten’s recipe. Hers can be found by googling “Ina Garten’s outrageous brownies” Hers are really good, too. But more basic.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • that’s okay, Cynthia, I don’t even know who Ina Garten is! lol!

      I would probably leave the liqueurs out, considering our guests come from diverse church demographics. But it sounds scrumptious! If you wouldn’t mind, would you message me your recipe?

      Cathy, I think there is a freezer on site. How many dishes do you think we’d need to make?



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      Chattycathie wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • It depends on how many people will be there.  Do you have any idea?



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • I messaged you the brownie recipe. Take a look and if you want the Ina Garten recipe, you can either google it or I think I have in my recipe file.

      Cynthia



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      Chattycathie wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • I just saw you said about 100—you would probably need about 10 of these made (you could probably get more out of each—but some people like seconds) 8 if you want to make less should feed 100 without seconds.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • Thank you so much ladies! You’ve given me some great ideas! I’ll let you know what we decide to do.



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      Dana Arcuri wrote Dec 2, 2008
    • Chocolatier, that chocolate vanilla truffle looks soooo good!



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