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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

20 Awesome Dinner Party Desserts

We've got you covered with this awesome collection of 20 dinner party dessert recipes from top UK food bloggers.  There are so many to choose from, including free-from desserts, chocolate creations, cheesecakes and so much more!

20 Awesome Dinner Party Dessert Recipes

My food blogging pals certainly came up trumps when I put the call out on FaceBook for dinner party dessert ideas.  They certainly didn't let me down with the breadth of awesome and delicious dessert recipes they shared with me!

Every single one of the recipes listed below can be made well ahead of time (though one or two may perhaps need to be scattered with crumbled biscuits or perhaps dusted with cocoa powder at the last moment), even a day or two before in some cases, allowing you to be the perfect attentive host when your guests arrive. 

So, whether you're after a rich chocolate dessert, a cheesecake, something free-from, or even a frozen creation, then look no further.  There's sure to be something to whet you're appetite in this ultimate dinner party dessert recipe collection! 

The difficulty comes when choosing which to make first!





  20 Amazing Dinner Party Dessert Recipes!

 

 

~  Chocolate Desserts  ~


Heavenly Chocolate Walnut & Pear Torte

If chocolate is your thing then look no further than this chocolate torte.  Doesn't it look fabulous?!  Clearly it was a massive success in Kate's household given the fact that she says that 'gluten free chocolate tortes are rarely better than this'!  Not only is it gluten free and dairy free but it is also made with reduced sugar, and yet it pushes all of the right buttons as far as flavour is concerned with her family singing its praises from the hilltops!


Chocolate Tart with Cardamom, Apricot & Rose Petals

This chocolate tart certainly is a crowd pleaser, not only must it taste amazing having been made with a luxurious dark chocolate ganache enlivened with a mixture of apricots, pistachios, cardamoms and a hint of rosewater,  but it certainly has the wow factor having been topped with more apricots, pistachios and a few rose petals.    It's surely the perfect dessert to round off a Middle Eastern themed menu!



Gluten Free Salted Chocolate Tart

If you're a fan of chocolate desserts then this tart, which Rebecca describes as 'death by chocolate' is certainly one for you (and your guests!).  Not only is it a bake free recipe, and gluten free too, but it's sure to raise a gasp of delight from your dinner guests. 




~  Cheesecakes  ~


Fruity Mini Cheesecakes

These pretty individual cheesecakes look incredibly inviting with the ruby frozen summer fruits set against the creamy cheesecake mixture, and yet they are dairy-free, gluten free, wheat-free, nut-free and egg-free too!  Surely they're just what you need when entertaining guests with allergies!



Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pots

Cliona shows us that dinner parties, and desserts in particular, needn't be calorie rich.  She says that these individual chocolate cheesecakes are super chocolate-y and don't compromise on that lovely cheesecake-y taste and yet come in at just 3.5 syns each on Slimming World!  Her 'how to' video shows just how easy they are to make!



Raspberry & Pomegranate Cheesecake

Midge's stunning cheesecake, having been topped with fresh raspberries, pomegranate seeds and some chocolate work, really hits the mark for so many people with allergies or those who may be living a vegan lifestyle.  It is vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, soya-free and by swapping out the biscuits in favour of free-from alternatives it can become gluten-free too!



No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake with Coconut Oil Chocolate Biscuit Base

Cheesecake is such a popular dinner party dessert, and there's no wonder when they're so easy to make and taste amazing!  This recipe sees coconut oil used to bring together the biscuit base before it is topped with the lovely creamy cheesecake mixture and fresh strawberries!





~  Meringue Based Desserts  ~


Lemon Roulade

Citrus-y lemon curd and thick luxurious cream encased in a marshmallow-y meringue anybody?  Lemon based desserts are one of my favourites, and clearly I'm not alone here given that this roulade is Chonnie's go-to special occasion dessert.  She even made one for her brother's wedding!  Chonnie shares some great tips on how to create an amazing roulade with the baked meringue.  The prepared lemon roulade can be made several hours ahead of time if store in an airtight container somewhere cool before being devoured by impressed guests!



Chocolate Pavlova with Cream & Raspberries

Pavlova is such a classic dessert, and this one is a little bit more special (if that can be at all possible) having been flavoured with chocolate!  Topped with cream and raspberries, this really is a crowd pleaser.  Of course it's naturally gluten free, and as Jenny tells us it can be made the day ahead meaning it isn't vying for oven space!




Pistachio Dacquoise eith Raspberries & Pomegranate

Why not wow you're dinner party guests with a French patisserie classic of dacquoise.  Allow you're guests to marvel at your baking prowess, but only you will know how relatively easy a dacquoise is to make.  Lucy shares step by step photos which allows you to recreate this meringue style bake easily. 





~  Traditional Desserts with a Twist  ~

 

Lemon, Prosecco & Raspberry Shot Glass Trifles

These individual trifles really lift the family favourite to the next level!  They look incredibly inviting having been prepared in shot glasses, which results in the dessert being friendlier on the waistline than a family sized bowl!  Helen's dessert recipe marries together Prosecco, raspberries and lemon, three flavours which work together incredibly well.

Raspberry Bakewell Tart

Frangipane, the delicious almond mixture found in Bakewell Tarts, is another crowd pleaser.  Eb's version, which was inspired by childhood memories, raises the traditional bake to new heights with whole fresh raspberries punctuating the surface alongside the flaked almonds.  The red of the raspberries peeking out certainly makes this bake dinner party worthy.  It is made even easier with the use of a shop bought pastry case ..... you're secret is safe with us!





~  Creamy Desserts  ~

 

Orange Posset with Rhubarb & Orange Jam

Possets are a perfect dessert for dinner parties.  Not only are they easy to make and can they be made the day before, they are also a crowd pleaser.  This version was flavoured with orange before being layered up with a rhubarb and orange jam which not only made the dessert visually more interesting but the sharpness of the rhubarb helps to cut through the richness of the posset beautifully.



Lemon Presecco Syllabub

This dessert really looks the business having been presented in individual cocktail glasses.  It's perfect for an adult only dinner party with hints of Prosecco and Lemoncello.  This dessert is largely made ahead of time, though it does need a couple of minutes assembly time before being served to your guests.




White Chocolate Panna Cotta served with Honey Roasted Figs & Walnuts

Although Mr E & I don't eat Panna Cottas, due to their gelatine content, I can only imagine how good they must be as a dessert for a dinner party.  Their smooth, creamy and silky nature are the perfect dessert when guests are already feeling full.  Kate rang the changes in her recipe having teamed it with honey roasted figs and walnuts in place of the usual berries.  The colours and textures clearly contrasted beautifully.



4 Ingedient Raspberry Brulee

Brulees are another popular dessert with the crisp caramelised sugar crust encasing a creamy mixture.  Louise has made these raspberry brulees incredibly easy and foolproof by replacing the usual custard base with a mixture of double cream and greek yogurt.  She tells us that they're perfect to make in advance especially as they're even better the following day!





~  Frozen Desserts  ~

 

Raspberry & White Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

This extra special dessert was made with just a handful of ingredients, and yet the result is clearly greater than its parts.  Whipped double cream, crushed meringue nests, frozen raspberries and white chocolate drops all combine to create an amazing dinner party dessert which is sure to leave your guests asking for another slice!



Blackberry Sorbet from Jacqueline at Recipes Made Easy

If you and your guests aren't big fans of large filling heavy desserts, then why not consider a sorbet?  They're not only packed with fabulous fruit which provides flavour and freshness, but also help to cleanse the palate after a meal.  Jacqueline not only tells us that sorbets are remarkably easy to make, but also shares some great tips (whether you have an ice cream maker or not) to help you make one for your next dinner party!



Frozen Chocolate Caramel Cream Meringue Cake

If tastebuds could dance with joy then surely they would when they taste the combination of double cream, punctuated with chunks of chocolate and crushed meringue, and swirled together with caramel.  Although Julie made this as a festive treat, I see no reason why it shouldn't be made at any other time of year too!  Surely it'd be rude not to!

 

 

 

~  Coconut Based Dessert  ~

  

Quinado, A Brazilian Coconut Dessert served with fresh berries

This easy to make coconut flavoured dessert has its origins in Brazil, yet requires just four store cupboard ingredients which are easily sourced here in the UK.  The result of the slow bake, followed by a chill in the fridge, is a luscious coconut dessert which has a crisp base, macaroon type of centre and coconut curd top!  Truly amazing when served with fresh berries.   





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22 comments:

  1. Cor blimey! that's a whole lot of deliciousness right there, thank you so much for including me in this awesome post, there are not enough days for me to recreate all of these...is a dinner party every night of the week too extreme? ;-)

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    1. Isn't it just, my mouth was watering all the time whilst pulling the post together Rebecca! I'd say it's definitely not extreme at all....as long as we all get an invite ;-)
      You're more than welcome, and thanlyou for allowing me to link into your fab chocolate recipe,
      Angela x

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  2. OMG my mouth is watering for cheesecake & pavlova now, which is not good when I'm about to eat my SW breakfast of apple & cottage cheese!

    Thanks for including my recipes in your fab post!

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    1. Hahaha, i know just what you mean - those cheesecakes and pavlovas look fabulous don't they!
      You're more than welcome Helen, they were two gorgeous recipes,
      Angela x

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  3. Oh these look great - thanks for including mine. I much prefer making desserts in advance so I can enjoy a meal. Will pin to come back to!

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    1. Don't they just look fab, I'd be more than happy to have any of those desserts if I was at a dinner party Louise. I completely agree, I love working with food but can't it when I'm stuck in the kitchen when we have guests, it can become a bit stressful can't it!?
      Thanks for pinning,
      Angela x

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  4. Ohhh what a fabulous round up. I haven't eaten breakfast yet and now my porridge doesn't look so good.. I want chocolate pavlova for breakfast instead! A lovely selection of desserts here with something for everyone. I love the idea of a frozen chocolate caramel cake, not heard of this before but looks yummy. Thanks for including my lemon roulade, its a real crowd pleaser. Chonnie xx

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    1. Thankyou Chonnie, but it's all down to you guys for being happy to link into it :-) Chocolate pav certainly does sound a lot more exciting than porridge doesn't it (not that I have anything against porridge you understand!) I'm with you there Chonnie about the frozen chocolate caramel cake - it looks seriously amazing doesn't it - and so blinking easy to make too!
      You're more than welcome, I love lemon desserts including roulades and they were great tips you shared too, I shall have to employ them next time I made a one :-)
      Angela x

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  5. Wow, these all look delicious! So many great dessert ideas. I think the Lemon, Prosecco and Raspberry Shot Glass Trifle sounds perfect if you're serving quite a big main course. #brilliantblogposts
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    1. Thankyou Caroline, they all look amazing doesn't they (with thanks to my food blogging pals). Ooh yes, the mini trifle in a shot glass really would be perfect after a large main course - just enough of a sweet treat to keep the taste buds happy.
      Thanks for popping round and commenting Caroline,
      Angela x

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  6. You are so right, it is difficult to know which one to try first. Thank you for including my Blackberry sorbet amongst such lovely desserts. x

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    1. Don't they all just look amazing! You're welcome Jacqueline, it's a great recipe and I just love that wonderful purple colour courtesy of the blackberries - beautiful :-)
      Angela x

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  7. Wow! Honestly where would you start with those?! Especially impressed with those meringue ones - just make me even more determined to find a Me-safe version! Thanks for including my cheesecake too! x

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    1. I know, where would you start with them! My mouth was seriously watering looking aat the pictures and reading all about the recipes when out the pist together Midge! I agree, those meringues are briliant aren't they! Have you tried aquafaba yet?
      Angela x

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  8. What a beautiful, tempting, mouthwateringly wonderful post! So many fantastic desserts and such superb photos too. Great job!
    Thanks so much for including both my torte and panna cotta too xx

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    1. Thankyou Kate :-) Though I must say that the post really wouldn't have been possible without you guys! They all really do look so tempting, and I have to say I LOVE the sound of your chocolate torte! Lush!
      Angela x

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  9. What a wonderful roundup Angela - I just want to dive in with a spoon. I love how they can all be made ahead of time - makes hosting a dinner party so much less stressful! I usually do one of my 'let the oven do all the hard work' main course recipes too, so then all I have to do is fiddle about with a little starter at the last minute. So much more fun when you can actually relax and enjoy your own dinner party, isn't it? Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x

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    1. It certainly is a lot more fun if you can atleast enjoy your own dinner party isn't it. There's nothing worse than designing a menu for when guests come around only to realise that there is a lot of things to do at the last minute - not much fun at all!
      Thanks for hosting a great linky with Kirsty Eb,
      Angela x

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  10. I love all of these and now need to entertain a lot to try them all out! First will be Jacqueline's blackberry sorbet I think, just love the colour of it. Thanks for including my recipe Angela.
    pinning, yumming and adding to Flipboard!!

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    1. Isn't the colour of that sorbet just amazing! And the fact that it could have been in the freezer for a week before your guests come for dinner really does make life an awful lot easier! I know, I think we do need to have a dinner party a week with all of these scrummy and easy ideas,
      Angela x

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  11. What a delicious selection. I've been trying to decide which I want to try most but I'm completely stuck (and now very hungry :-) ).

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    1. Hahaha, I know just what you mean Charlotte, i had exactly the same 'problem' when I pulled the post together! They all look amazingly delicious!
      Angela x

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