Long title of a recipe, huh? I cannot remember the last time a recipe captivated me as much as this dessert. The combination sounded like pure heaven to me. I was waiting for the right occasion to make it and then a group of food and wine lovers that congregate at Whole Foods every month for wine night decided to get together for dinner.
One of our group members is moving to London and while we are jealous, two excellent members of the group offered up their home for the best going away dinner party ever. I said I’d make dessert and thought this could be the moment to make THE dessert. At first I did not want to reveal what I was making for fear that I would start the recipe, ruin it and then have people ask what happened to the fancy spiced pear thing I was going to bring. Ugh. It was a multi-step process, but boy was it worth it. It came together so beautifully that when it was finished I started asking Marc if I was going to look like the most pretentious person alive for bringing this dessert.
Then we arrived at the party. Brian and Shannon’s house smelled amazing and we were greeted with big smiles and a bunch of delicious wines to choose from. There was a gorgeous antipasti platter of delicious cheese and smoked meats in the living room. We wandered into the kitchen to see two of the most beautiful lasagnas we”ve ever seen bubbling with goodness. We dined on garlicky and delicious panzanella with fresh baguettes and I tried a bit of both lasagnas because I couldn’t decide between the sausage and the vegetarian. They were both bright with fresh ingredients, but the roasted vegetables in the vegetarian lasagna rocked my world. Marc declared the lasagna the best he’d ever eaten.
The dessert was unveiled and everyone seemed excited to try it. They even clapped when it was brought to the table. Isn’t it great cooking for people that appreciate a recipe of effort? Even after all of that wonderful food, the guests made room for this bit of heaven on a plate. The mousse is sweet, full of flavor and pairs well with the spiced pears, lightly sweetened whipped cream and spongy ladyfingers.
I highly recommend making this for a group of appreciative friends. Speaking of appreciation, today happens to be the first anniversary of my first blog post and I want to thank you for dropping by. I love reading your comments and checking out your blogs and I’m honored that you’ve decided to take a few moments out of your busy life to stop by here and listen to me talk about some recipes. You’re the best!