If you're looking to make desserts for two people, finding great recipes can be challenging since most will provide six to eight servings. To make things easier, we've collected six stellar options for shared desserts, ranging from a classic four-ingredient Lemon-Scented Crème Brûlée to a ruby-red layer cake that's perfect for Valentine's Day.
Fondue is one of the best desserts for two people. It's rich, romantic and fun to eat. Make sure you use quality chocolate — bargain brands won't deliver the same level of flavor — and have a variety of different items ready for dipping. Squares of pound cake, ladyfinger cookies and fresh fruit like strawberries, pineapple and apple slices all taste delicious dipped in warm, melted chocolate.
Ice Cream Sundae
A big ice cream sundae decked out with whipped cream, sauces and toppings is one of our favorite desserts for two people. If you want to go all out, make your own ice cream and homemade sauces like hot fudge sauce, salted caramel sauce or praline sundae topping. Fresh fruit, crumbled cookies, lemon curd, toasted coconut, dry-roasted peanuts and graham cracker crumbs all make excellent toppings. There's no sense in holding back since sundaes, by definition, are meant to be over the top. Go wild and have fun.
Lemon-Scented Crème Brûlée
This classic dessert is a great choice after a heavy meal, and it only has four ingredients: sugar, lemon zest, heavy cream and egg yolks. For extra points, serve it with a scoop of homemade strawberry sorbet. The combination of textures and temperatures is delicious!
Apple crisp is typically a group dessert, but Taste of Home's version is designed for two. Though this recipe notes that whipped cream or ice cream is optional, when it comes to crisps, a cool scoop of ice cream or mound of whipped cream is mandatory. If you want to bump up the flavor, add a dash of nutmeg or cardamom, or sprinkle some cinnamon on your whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Mini Red Velvet Layer Cake
This ruby-red layer cake is a fun choice for Valentine's Day, or for any time of the year when you want to treat yourself and someone special. The recipe makes a five-inch layer cake, which is a great size to share, but you can always double it and make an eight-inch cake. That might be a wise idea — leftover cake really isn't a bad thing.
Lemon Meringue Tart
A flaky tart with zesty lemon filling and peaks of baked meringue makes a tasty dessert for two anytime. You'll need a six-inch tart pan for this recipe, along with whole-wheat pastry flour, which you can find in the natural foods section of most large supermarkets or at natural foods stores.
These desserts for two are all delicious. More than that, however, you'll be building your pastry skills and adding to your recipe repertoire while you're making them — two great reasons to make dessert more often.
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