We are hosting a celebration of sorts with dear friends tomorrow night. Each is making a small plate to share and the wine will flow. I had the best intentions of making an elaborate gateau for this celebration--chocolate fig cake, the nigella nutella cake...but life intervened and on my baking night (tonight) I instead worked late and couldn't even get to the grocer.
Looking for a really yummy dessert that I can make while hosting. Looks (and is) easy, but tastes great. Some element of chocolate is a must. Nuts and/or fruits good too. I have walnuts and almonds in house. I have nutella and high-quality chocolate. Plenty of frozen fruit (blues, blacks, raspberries) plus fresh apples and pears.
No need to "impress" but just want something wonderful. Oh, and my kitchen aid is out of service, so need to be able to make mostly by hand (I have a good old-fashioned egg beater).
My fallback would be my Aunt Fern's chocolate "crazy cake" with buttercream icing and bitter chocolate glaze, but would love to get the CH perspective.
I am NOT above a great brownie with ice cream.