Ive scoured Epicurious, poured through The Cake Bible, but still have a mental block!
Im trying to come up with a festive, beautiful, memorable, and of course delicious dessert that fits within the following parameters:
--starters and entrée will be heavy, e.g., beef, red wine (this is an alternative Thanksgiving dinner) so I dont want something super heavy. Intensely flavored is fine and appropriate, but a big chocolate cake with buttercream, for example, would not sit well.
--Ill be bringing this to someone elses home, so a frozen confection or something requiring lots of last minute preparation would not be optimal. I can expect some, but not a lot, of prep, oven, fridge, or freezer space.
--Im not into using out-of-season fruit and have a preference for autumnal/winter flavors.
--I dont want something simple, like a beautifully poached pear or a rustic crisp. As nice as that would be, I want a WOW! dessert. Im a reasonably experienced baker, so complicated is okay.
Thanks in advance.