A dessert with a good soul
I am not a dessert heavyweight. Show me a caterer’s tray of decent lasagna, and I’ll show you the meaning of “open the hatch.” But dessert? It has to be really special to win my heart.Special doesn’t have to mean unbelievably rich or decked out in foams, curls and beads. More often than not, in fact, it’s the homelier—and the homier—the better. It’s an honest dessert I’m after, and one with a good soul. If Grandma would have put it in Dad’s Howdy Doody lunch box, we’re on the right track.
An honest chocolate pudding
An honest chocolate pudding, not too rich. Classic chocolate chip cookies, studded with dark chocolate and just enough nuts. Some things just don’t need improving. You can keep your rose water macarons and your five-course dessert tasting menus. I hope you enjoy them. I really do. But I’ll be over here on the comfy couch with a couple of hearty chocolate chip cookies in one hand and a goodly schlog of Honest Chocolate Pudding in the other.
Comforting dessert for the holidays
The comfortable logic of homey desserts applies all year round. But it’s most important at the holidays, when the temptation to impress can overwhelm a well-meaning but jittery host. I’ve fallen prey to entertainer’s vanity before, believe me. But in the end, I really believe that even your most cosmopolitan in-laws and your best-postured colleagues are happiest when they’re given permission to be comfortable. They may not admit it, but they are. Don’t you think?