When we entertain, we tend to serve hearty food (like a big bowl of homemade mac and cheese or lasagna), so by the time dessert rolls around, everyone's sufficiently stuffed. Typically I'll bring out a plate of cookies, but tiny servings of buttermilk panna cotta is decadent without being over the top. The trick is to keep the serving size really small (our glasses hold only 3oz) and to top it with fresh fruit. These are wonderfully creamy, but not too sweet, and after a dinner served family-style, it's nice to offer individual servings of dessert.
Pear, Cranberry, and Gingersnap Crumble
I'm not a huge fan of pears, cranberries, or gingersnap cookies, for that matter...but somehow all of them together (with a brown sugar/butter crumble on top) are magic. A few weekends ago, a group of our friends held a get-together that we've since deemed "Thanksgiving, ...read more