This is the signal for the first attack on my dessert. It is now likely that desserts will not be on the agenda by the end of the meal due to my fellow diners thoughts, said or unsaid;
- I'm full up
- If I have three courses does that make me look greedy
- Whoa, three courses is a bit expensive
- I'm on a diet, so I had better not eat dessert even though I have eaten a large plate of creamy carbonara
- Can we get one dessert and two spoons
So we have made it to the dessert course. The waiter comes over and asks would we like to see the dessert menu.
This is a crucial moment of the meal, this is make or break time for the pudding, if there are ummmms and errrrrrs now then pudding is off. I have to jump in, of course we want to see it, damn right, but I say, "I guess there is no harm in taking a look." The thing is, I don't need to take a look, I already know what I want, I looked when I came in, just bring me some cheesecake!
Cheesecake is usually my dessert of choice, but failing that a good crumble with ice cream is just what is required.
Ice cream is always good and if there is nothing on the menu that gets me interested you can never go wrong with a scoop of the cold stuff. Even after two courses there is always room for ice cream.
However, there is one dessert I would never order, even if it was the only thing available and that is the Creme brûlée. Now, don't get me wrong, I know that it is a classic and it is actually quite tasty but it always disappoints. Even if it is prepared well it is still a bit of burnt sugar covering a bit of warm custard! Sometimes even flavoured with lavender, like that makes it better.
Mark my words Creme Brûlée is always a bad dessert choice.
However if you want to make one and invite me to dinner I will of course be polite and eat it. Apparently a good recipe can be found here. But you will also be needing one of these.