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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dessert Club - Summer Fruits II

Perhaps you will remember my triumphant victory last year at Summer Fruits night with my out-of-this-world Peach Hand Pies.  Summer Fruits is like the totally perfect Dessert Club theme - it's so seasonal, fresh, open-ended, and colorful!  We've all agreed it's an annual must, and that it may be the prettiest spread we have all year.

This year it included:

Peach and Blackberry Mini Galettes

 Sweet Cherry Tart

Watermelon Blast!

Raspberry Peach Bread Pudding

Roasted Berries on Meringues
(so pretty!)

Blackberry Curd over Honey-Lemon Pound Cake
with Raspberries, Blackberries, and Vanilla Sugar

Cherry Focaccia

Chilled Raspberry-Chile Soup
(also mine)

French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Black Cherry Sauce

...and the great winner of the evening...
Blackberry-Cream Cheese Delight!
 It may not be much to look at, but we absolutely died over the combination of shortbread crust, berry-sweet filling, and creamy whipped cream.  It was greater than the sum of its parts somehow, and it totally deserved to win.

And in other fun news, it seems like half of Dessert Club is pregnant.  The first of many new DC babies, Jane Independence, joined us, and even dressed for the occasion in her strawberry romper.  Here's to DC: Next Generation!

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