- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
To save money on our reception catering – we’re splashing out on the main courses and the alcohol – I’m planning to make all the desserts. (Except for the wedding cake itself.)
We are having 80-100 guests at the reception and it will be fairly informal.
There will be about 10 children there, including my two stepkids. No major food intolerances but one of my closest friends eats gluten free (she is not a coeliac but has to limit her gluten) and there are a couple of people who don’t eat citrus, and one who doesn’t eat chocolate.
I don’t plan to do any cooking on the day – that would be insane – so everything has to be something that can be made 1-2 days ahead, or frozen and reheated. I will be taking the week before off from work and planning to cook no more than 2 dishes per day.
All of these dishes are things I have made before, but I may still need to tweak some of the recipes.
Tiramisu (can be made weeks ahead, frozen then thawed)
Sticky date pudding (can be made weeks ahead, frozen then thawed – but someone has to heat the sauce up)
Orange & polenta cake – this will be the cake for the gluten free person as our wedding cake is not gluten free. Can be made 3-4 days before, but will also need reheating.
Upside-down pear and chocolate cake – can be made 2-3 days before, needs reheating
Individual panna cotta with berries and coulis – can be made 2 days before
Individual chocolate mousses – can be made 2 days before
Strawberry custard tart – can be made 1 day before
Lemon marscapone cheesecake – can be made 1 day before
The only concerns I have is that it would be nice to have some fresh fruit, but that really needs to be done on the day. I am going to ask one of my friends to do that.
The other thing is, nothing here is particularly kid friendly – I had planned to buy a second hand icecream maker and make some tubs of vanilla icecream in the weeks ahead, and buy some chocolate sauce, and for the kids to have that – but it turns out our venue doesn’t have a freezer. We can hire one, but I’m not sure if I can be bothered.
What do you think? Any ideas for kid-friendly dessert recipes that can be made ahead?