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A Dessert Buffet for a Relaxed Holiday Party

This make-ahead menu balances sweet flavors with savory accents

Fine Cooking Issue 18
Photos: Victoria Pearson & Rita Maas
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If you like to entertain during the holidays, but your schedule is filled with work, family, and friends’ parties, what do you do? Try a dessert party based on this delicious menu devised by Nancy Silverton. Use her dessert party make-ahead guide to make this menu manageable, and find recipes for finger food (the Cheese Coins, the Butter Cookies with Lemon Curd, and the tartlets) and full-sized desserts (the pudding and the ginger cake). When crafting a dessert party, Silverton always makes sure that the whole menu isn’t too sweet and she includes recipes for cheese pastries that add a savory accent and the Ginger Cake with Dried Fruit Compote & Applesauce for a spicy and fruity fix. A sidebar about wine choices for this menu concludes the article. Recipes include: Cheese Coins; Holiday Butter Cookies with Lemon Curd; Ginger Cake with Dried Fruit Compote & Applesauce; Chocolate Steamed Pudding; and Cranberry Tartlets.

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