October 2, 2008

What's the best dessert you've ever made?

A few years ago, my in-laws decided to start a little competition during the holidays. The first year, it was really just a vote on who liked pumpkin pie better than apple pie, but our little "bake-off" has gotten much more sophisticated. We usually limit it to two or three entries, and this is a team sport. K and I are a team, and our key opponent is my sister-in-law, A. She is often accompanied by either my other SIL or my MIL.

K and I started out strong, and we won by keeping it simple and making a chocolate-pudding pie. It was heavenly, while the cake A & T made was....well, let's just say it wasn't. But A has come on strong lately, and she crushed us last year with an absolutely amazing dessert: chocolate-cranberry torte. This dessert was better than anything you've ever had at a restaurant. Seriously. Our entry was really good, too, and would've won any other year, but nothing could beat that torte.

A has chosen her entry for this year's contest, and she is already talking smack. So I need some inspiration. What is the absolutely best, most delicious dessert you've ever made? It doesn't have to be super complex, and if it involves a candy thermometer, I'll probably be too intimidated to make it. Sometimes simple is best.

Do you have any ideas for me? I want a yummy dessert for the holidays, but I also really want to beat my SIL. Winning is fun. :-)

*Presentation counts, too.

*It's a fun tradition.


  1. Anonymous2.10.08

    Other than chocolate chip cookies (the recipe from the back of the Nestle Toll House chocolate chips package), I am not a baker and therefore have yet to really had any luck with desserts.

    BUT, I came across this recipe and it looks foolproof...and in-freaking-sanely delicious:


    It's definitely a must-try. And if it doesn't work, I'm giving up. ;)

  2. Oooooh, that looks divine. I might get some smack-talking about using cake mix and instant pudding, but if the results look that good, it won't matter! Thanks for the idea!

  3. Love the friendly rivalry! I'm not much of a baker, but if I were one of the Taste-Testers, the more chocolate, the better :)

  4. Anonymous9.11.08

    Stop CHEATING!!!

  5. There's nothing in the rules that says I can't ask other people for ideas. What's the matter? Scared?

    (Besides, I didn't get our entry idea from here anyway.)


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