Friday, November 5, 2010

Dreams do come true

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 12:12 PM

If you dream of buffets full of chocolate, cakes, pies, and desserts galore, then your dreams are about to come true.

Next Saturday, Nov. 13, the Ritz-Carlton will be hosting the "Dream Girls Dessert Buffet" to pair with the musical Dream Girls, which will be showing at The Belk Theater. All are welcome, whether you are going to the show or not.

The buffet will be held in the Lobby Lounge and will run from 8 pm to 11 pm. For $11.95 per person, you have three hours to shove your face full of as many decadent desserts as you want. The menu is as follows:

· Southern Coconut Cake, Pineapple Coulis

· Bourbon Pecan Pie, Salted Caramel

· Grandma's Banana Pudding

· Death by Chocolate Cake

· Strawberry Shortcake, Vanilla Cream

· Organic Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing

· Coffee and Tea

Reservations are not required.

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

201 East Trade Street

Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

704.547.2244

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The Pioneer Woman's apple dumplings

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 7:39 AM

I've made another Pioneer Woman recipe and I've gained another pound from it. That's how it goes.

This time I made her apple dumplings. They were embarrassingly easy to make for being so good.

To make these puppies, you just wrap crescent roll dough around slices of apple, pour a mixture of melted butter and sugar over them, empty out some Mountain Dew from the can on top of that, sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake. And ta-da! You've got yourself a crowd-pleasing dessert.

With such little effort for a praise-worthy dessert, this recipe has definitely got me rethinking all my complicated dessert recipes. What's the point in laboring in the kitchen for hours if something semi-homemade does the job?

I'll definitely be making these again. Perhaps a cream cheese and berry filling would be pretty good too. Or maybe peaches ...

If you are making these ahead of time, after baking, pour out as much of the sauce that's in the pan (there will be quite a bit) and save it in a separate container. This will keep the dumplings from getting soggy. When you're ready to serve, warm the dumplings in the oven for a few minutes and warm the sauce in the microwave. Serve it all with scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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