Scrumptious And Really Easy
Our easy dessert recipes are exactly that, E-A-S-Y! What we do to reduce the hands-on time is to mix the ingredients and either chill or bake the dessert. These recipes take under 20 minutes in hands on preparation time and it's then popped into the oven to bake or chilled for a couple of hours.
The 20 Minute Cook's Short Cuts
- Always use non-stick cook and bake ware to save time washing up
- Always have handy basic stuff like olive oil, butter, sugar, brown sugar, flour, chocolate, coconut, honey, dried or canned fruit
- Put the dessert mixture into the oven as you sit down to dinner. It'll be ready by the time you've finished the main dish
- For a chilled dessert, make this the evening before or in the morning before heading off to work
- Use attractive oven to table type ware - don't waste time decanting onto a platter. For most desserts, I omit the step with the mixing bowl and mix the ingredients in the bakeware itself, bake and serve from the same dish.
- Remember, you can always substitute butter with healthier oil. I prefer to use rice bran or olive oil
- NEVER ever eat synthetic food. I never add margarine, for example in my cooking.
Scrumptious But Takes Longer Than 20 Minutes Hands-On
Check out our Gallery Of Easy Pudding Recipes
The secret to creating an easy dessert is to find a dessert recipe that takes just minutes in preparation time. The cooking time in the oven or chilling time in the refrigerator is not an issue as it leaves you free for your other work. To create a dessert with ease and to save time, look for a dessert recipe with these criteria:
- takes minimal preparation time
- cooked in the oven - so frees up time
- chilled or frozen - this also frees up time
- no layering - it's lovely but too painstaking
- easily "dressed" with cream or fruit
- must be delicious
- looks sensational when served on good tableware - it matters not that it is simple to make, but it must look appetizing
I know you're busy just as I always seem to be rushed off my feet so here are some of my fail safe recipes. As with all my other recipes, I've worked out how to make a dish tasty and presentable in the fewest possible steps.
But there are some recipes, that while uncomplicated, do take a little effort. For example the no fail cheese cake does require a crumb crust and these crumbs do need to be crushed.
I've discovered the fastest way with the least washing up is to use oatmeal cookies, pop them in a zip lock bag and crush them with a heavy saucepan. It doesn't take me long.
Now, the custards and puddings are one pot desserts and always popular.