Labor Day Potluck Desserts
Is summer over? NO! We have a few more weeks, folks. That said, school is starting, if it hasn’t already and the Labor Day weekend is coming fast. Around my neck of the woods we like to get together for casual parties where everyone brings a dish. Sometimes spelled “potlatch”, the concept is that the host perhaps provides a main dish or two, maybe the beverages, but guests fill in, mostly with side dishes and desserts. When I am invited you can just imagine that I am expected to bring dessert! A good potlatch dessert travels well, feeds many easily and preferably will not require refrigeration once it arrives at its destination. Here are some of our blogger friend’s best bets.
The No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Lasagna pictured as our main image is from Snappy Gourmet. The recipe does rely on some convenience products but every time we have brought a dessert called “lasagna” to a party people go kinda crazy over it. Go figure, but hey, this one is creamy and light and satisfying at the same time and eminently portable.
These are a crowd pleaser and this version from Diary of a Recipe Collector is so rich, they go a long way. Always helpful at a party of indeterminate number.
Cookie dough is an insanely popular flavor and cupcakes seem to draw folks to the buffet table. Besides, cupcakes are very portable and give you an excuse to buy a cute cupcake carrier if you don’t have one. These are from our friends at Cupcake Diaries.
Iowa Girl Eats brings us a sheet cake – always a good choice for travel as well as feeding a crowd. The icing is very easy and uses melted butter.
Roasted Root brings us this creamy and dreamy no-bake cheesecake that is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and happens to be high protein. Plated with fresh figs as pictured, it is an elegant finish, but feel free to use other fruit as well. Raspberries are a lovely choice.
Peaches are still abundant but will soon give way to apples, pears and pumpkins so take advantage. Their use in cookies is unexpected and brings moisture and flavor as well as a pretty color. These are from Amy’s Healthy Baking.
Using purchased angel food cake gets this light trifle made in no time. This dessert from The Lemon Bowl travels easily in a bowl. Use a clear bowl to show off all of the pretty layers and colors. Makes it even more enticing.
Home Cooking Memories brings us a dump cake featuring blueberries – another fruit that is about to leave the stands. This dessert features several textures – moist and fruity, crisp and crunchy – and when you top it with some cream you have a sensory explosion.
If you follow Bakepedia closely you know we have a love affair with bacon in our desserts. Here The Reluctant Entertainer brings us a cake big enough for a party and blends bacon with maple and a tender buttermilk based cake.
Two Healthy Kitchens brings us a dessert with a tropical vibe. The almonds accentuate the coconutty flavor and the size is perfect for most any potluck.
The Apron Strings blog is showing us a summery dessert and I say, hold onto summer while we can! This no-bake tart showcases peaches or nectarines nicely. Travel with it in a pan to keep it safe while transporting.
And from all of us here at Bakepedia, have a fabulous holiday weekend!