5 Desserts to Take to Your Holiday Party
Holiday tunes are blaring on the radio as I walk the aisles of every store. Parking lots become asphalt spaces of rage. Christmas tree lots have popped up everywhere. Lights twinkle strung in gaudy heaps on every outdoor yard item.
Rachel Miller Bread pudding cups topped with caramel sauce.
The holidays have arrived, and with them the numerous holiday party invites.
I love holiday parties. Hopefully good food. Free-flowing booze. The drunken shenanigans of friends, family, and coworkers. A working iPhone with camera and video is always good to have on hand. However, I always get a texted or emailed request from my hosts to supply a dessert.
I don't mind. I love being the bearer of sweets. It's the one time of year I don't hear, "That looks heavenly, but I'm on a diet" or "I can't possibly eat that, I've gained 5 pounds just looking at it!" In fact, I feel the need to bring something more than Christmas cookies or one of my normal go-to desserts.
These are the desserts that I will be taking with me to holiday parties this season.
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Bread pudding is one of the best and easiest recipes to make. Day old bread + custard base + citrus zest + nuts + dried fruit + bake + caramel sauce = perfect dessert. For parties, I bake them in mason jars or in cupcake cups, so that they are already individually portioned, and ready to be placed out on the buffet table.
Change it up, using day old cinnamon rolls, challah, or croissants to create a unique bread pudding. Throw in different types of booze to flavor. Make it your own unique dessert creation, and don't forget the whipped cream.
Rachel Miller Bourbon Coconut Rice Pudding
Bourbon Coconut Rice Pudding:
Rice pudding is one of those desserts that never really looks sexy. It is, however, delicious warm or chilled, and perfect for a party. Custardy and creamy, the rice is infused with fall spices and orange, the raisins are plump and juicy.
Put it in a trifle dish, topped with bourbon whipped cream and toasted coconut. Place them in mason jars or glass cups. Hate raisins? Go without or swap out the raisins for cherries or another favorite fruit.