Sunday, April 29, 2007

Looking for ideas

Teacher's Appreciation Week is coming up soon and I volunteered to bring a dessert for the first day of the week. The meal that day is going to be Spaghetti, a salad, and garlic bread. I have no idea what kind of dessert would compliment this meal, so I am looking for any and all ideas. My husband thought of ice cream, but I do not think that would work, considering I would need to bring in bowls, spoons and I don't know if the PTO has the option of using the cafeteria's freezers (although I could call and ask). Plus I would like it to be something I make.

I was considering a Red Velvet Cake, but I am still unsure about that. I thought of making some sort of fruity bread (maybe a Banana bread of sorts) but they already have garlic bread, so I think that should be avoided. What about brownies? Would that compliment a spaghetti meal?

Another thing I need to take into consideration is I need to make enough for all of the teachers in the school. I don't know how many there are but roughly there are about 3 teachers per grade, K-6, so that's about 21 or so, more or less.

Any ideas or suggestions? I greatly appreciate and welcome them! :)

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At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever tried the cookie recipe on the Snoqualmie Falls Lodge Oatmeal? They are so good - whenever I take those places folks want the recipe. We often put both chocolate and butterscotch chips in them. I'd make them larger than the normal size so that everyone could have a great cookie.

Alternatively you could make them with dried cranberries and walnuts.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Garrett said...

I suggest cupcakes. XD

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Mazenbloo said...

What about:
Panettone Pudding (Serves 4-6)
8 thin slices panettone

2 TB. rum
1 TB. Marsala wine
1-1/4 cups light cream
1-1/4 cups milk
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Grated zest of 1 small lemon
3 large eggs
Italian Panettone
Butter for greasing bowl

Preheat the oven to 325-degrees F.
Sprinkle the panettone slices with rum and Marsala.

In a saucepan over low heat, combine the cream, milk, cinnamon, and zest.

Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

When the milk mixture is cool, beat the eggs and whisk into the custard.

Butter a deep 1-quart baking dish.

Place the panettone into the dish and pour the custard over it.

Place the baking dish into a roasting pan.

Pour boiling water into the pan so that it comes about two-thirds up the sides of the baking dish.

Place in the oven and bake 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until set.

Remove the baking dish from the water and set aside to cool.

Cover and refrigerate.

To serve, run a knife around the perimeter of the baking dish.
Invert the dish over a serving platter. A little shake should unmold the pudding.

Completed pudding can be garnished with shaved chocolate, sliced almonds, and whipped cream.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Mazenbloo said...

Pistachio Cake

1 pkg. white cake mix
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup club soda
4 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
2 small packages instant pistachio pudding
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 small package instant pistachio pudding
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

Combine all cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Pour into tube pan (angel food cake pan) and bake for 1 hour.

Allow to cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then invert onto a rack.
Cool completely before icing.

To make icing, combine all icing ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

Spread icing on cake.

Can be served at room temperature or refrigerated for later use.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger ¬©Jac said...

What about a couple of nice and creamy coffee cakes?

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

WOW! Thanks everyone!!! Due to time constraints and other stuff going on I'm going to make box mix brownies but throw extra stuff in there (some will have walnuts, some will have chocolate chips, etc).

Anon, I think I'll look that recipe up- a cranberry/white chocolate chip cookie sounds good for the holidays! Thank you!

Garrett, cute! LOL!

Mazen, I can't find Panettone ANYWHERE! We don't have an Italian deli here and I'm dying to try it ever since I saw it on Iron Chef. That Pistachio cake sounds delicious too (*drool*).

Jac, coffee cake wouldn't be a bad one either, maybe for the next TAD next year? And I can bring in a special roast of coffee (they have a coffee machine in the Teacher's Lounge).

Thank you all so much! :)

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Kristen said...

What about cheesecake? That seems to be very popular at Italian restaurants.

You could also make a bundt cake. Those are fairly easy and a little goes a long way. The Irish Cream one I made a few weeks ago was AMAZING!

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Kristen, I was actually considering making the Creamy Lemon Cheesecake I posted about on here a while ago. Then I thought maybe it wouldn't mesh, so I decided on the brownies.

Oh and btw, I am SO making that trifle you posted about this summer. *Drool*.


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