I regard dessert as an inferior course. Main is OK and starters are where it's at. Frankly, I regard desserts as a bit juvenile and while I can be prevailed upon to have some apple pie, I feel that things like Ice Cream and so forth should be left to the children. I have, however, recently changed my emphasis on this matter. This has come as a result of discovering two proper adult-y recipes that are a total breeze and really delicious. To wit:
Lemon Surprise Pudding (Delia Smith):
Beat the butter, sugar and lemon rind together until well softened, then beat in the yolks a little at a time. Next fold in the flour alternately with the milk and lemon juice. Whisk the egg whites and fold them in too. Pour it all into the dish and bake for 40-45 mins. It should be browned on top. There'll be a smashing gooey bit in the middle. How adult is that? (I think it's adult-y coz it's quite lemony).
Gooey Chocolate Pudding (Nigella Lawson):
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over water. Preheat the oven to 200C. While that's doing, whisk the eggs, sugar and flour together until blended, then whisk in the melted chocolate and butter. Grease four 250ml ramekins with butter and flour them lightly -- tapping them to cover them evenly and to remove any excess. Pour the mixture into the ramekins and bake for 10-12 minutes until the tops crack and the edges are set. Serve immediately. They should be gooey in the middle too.
On a side note, I notice that in the cookery context, neither of these women need their surname.