Good food is the goal of any meal, but making the meal memorable is usually left to the end. The last item you and your company will eat is the one that lasts the longest in their memory, so finish with a great dessert, with less sugar, like the ones below.
This is an old favorite of mine from my college days: the crust is basic, with a gelatin filling and grated orange in the mix, topped with good fruit.
To make the crust, combine 1 cup of white cake crumbs, 1/4 of a cup of melted butter, and 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon into a buttered nine inch pie pan, pressing them against the pan. Bake for five minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees.
Now for the filling. Soften 1 tablespoon of sugar free gelatin in 1/4 a cup of orange juice, just squeeze a whole orange out. Heat the orange juice mixture in a small sauce pan until the gelatin dissolves. Cream 6 ounces of cream cheese, add the orange juice and whip it. Fold in 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract and then (remember that orange?) grate the orange peel into the mixture and continue whipping until everything is combined. Pour into the crust shell and let cool.
I’d recommend topping with a cup each of sliced strawberries, peaches, kiwis, and bananas and a cup of halved red seedless grapes.
Blueberry Mountain Apples
My grandmother used to make these for me when I was young. You’ll need 5 or 6 large apples – cut off the tops of the apples and scoop out the pulp, leaving just a shell. Put a teaspoon of lemon juice in each apple, hold your hand over the open top and shake it, coating the inside of the apple in the juice. Boil 1/4 cup of cornstarch and two eggs in a pot, add 1 cup of milk and once it thickens stir in the apple pulp you took out. Add about 1/4 a teaspoon of salt for flavor. Fill the apple shells with the mixture and top with mounds of blueberries.
Old Fashioned Rice Pudding
This was my father’s favorite. Combine 1/3 cup of short grain rice, 4 cups of milk, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 cup of raisins into a 9 by 9 square baking pan. Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for two hours. Try to stir it every 30 minutes to an hour. Sprinkle with cinnamon when done and serve hot or cold.