Mums 60th Birthday Dinner

livinginsin, Jun 17, 7:55am
My sister and I are hosting a dinner party for our Mum turning 60 in August, catering for only around 22 people as she didnt want a big thing!Looking at doing a proper 3 course dinner, perhaps entrees served on platters handed around rather than a sit done meal.For a main planning on doing a roast sirlon, arranging in a stack like formation ideas appreciated.And for dessert would like to make individual desserts, and ideas greatly appreciated.Cheers

tinkagirl, Jun 17, 7:58am
Sounds like a lot of work, 22 people is still a big enough party.Wouldn't it be better to have a buffet style so you can get everything ready in advance and you then can enjoy the evening as well instead of staying in the kitchen all night!

livinginsin, Jun 17, 8:02am
Yep tinkagirl but we just wanted to make this a special one for her :-)

tinkagirl, Jun 17, 8:08am
ok, for deserts you could make individual banoffee pie, lemon trifles (I can give you the receipe if you want it).

livinginsin, Jun 17, 8:10am
Hey tinakgirl, yeah would love those recepies, they sound great

tinkagirl, Jun 17, 8:14am
Lemon Trifle (no cooking) more for adults
3-4 lemons
square sponge
3 eggs
1 tin condensed milk
300 ml cream
1 chocolate flake

Squeeze and grate the lemons.Separate the eggs and beat yolks and condensed milk together.
Whip the egg whites until stiff and fold into lemon mixture.
Layer sponge pieces and lemon mixture in bowl.Cover with whipped cream and crushed flake.This could be put into individual glasses.
Refrigerate for a few hours.

(a Nestle recipe)

150g melted butter,
250g packet plain biscuits (crushed),
330g can highlander caramel,
2 bananas,
3/4 cup cream (whipped),
2-3 Tbsp grated chocolate.

Combine the melted butter and crushed biscuits and mix thoroughly. Press the mixture into the base and sides of a deep 20cm loose-based flan. Refrigerate for 30 mins Spread caramel over crumb base and refrigerate for 1 hour, until caramel is firm.To serve, slice the bananas and arrange half of them over the set caramel. Top with the whipped cream and decorate with the remaining banana slices and grated chocolate.
Again you can put this into individual glasses.

livinginsin, Jun 17, 8:16am
Awesome thanks tinkagirl they sound fab, and am sure will be something we will use.

tinkagirl, Jun 17, 8:19am
Chocolate Banana Yoghurt Cake

200 grams (8oz) melted butter
3 cups (12oz) S/F Flour
2 Cups (16oz) Sugar
½ cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
2 Eggs
1 Cup Yoghurt any flavour
1 cup hot water mixed with 2 tsp baking soda
2 bananas
Pinch salt

Mix altogether – bake at 160-180 for 1 – 11/2 hours
Large round 20cm – 25cm tin or square
This is a good keeper and delicious

Better still it’s a no fail cake.I make Chocolate Ganache Icing, cut the cake in half and put half the icing in the middle then cover the top with the remainder of the Ganache.You could cook in a square tin and cut into small squares.

tinkagirl, Jun 17, 8:21am
ok last one, this is a very soft desert cake and is wonderful with custard and cream.

German Rhubarb Cake

1/2 c. oil
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. finely chopped rhubarb
2 c. plus 2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1 c. buttermilk or soured milk (mix 1 c milk with 1 T white vinegar or Lemon juice and leave for 5 mins)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. chopped nuts

Mix oil, cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, egg, cloves, salt and vanilla well, then add rhubarb and set aside. In a separate bowl mix flour and soda alternately. Add flour and buttermilk to first ingredients. Mix well and pour batter in a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle on batter. Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 40 minutes.

livinginsin, Jun 18, 7:19am
Thanks for the ideas, anyone got some great suggestions for a stack for the main meal!

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