Because I cook a lot, I’m often asked by friends and family for tips, hints and ideas for easy desserts to make. You know, the kind of things that can be knocked up in no time and taste exceedingly delicious! The most common request by far, even in these austere times is for pudding. Specifically, quick and easy desserts that look and taste great – additionally, you can then pimp them with Lovi Sweets; an absolute bonus!
How to make Easy Desserts
A tumbler or cocktail glass is your friend! They will not only make your dessert look smart, sexy and professional but most of all, cut out the risk factor of things not setting or freezing and splatting all over the plate. Here are 3 super easy ‘glass’ desserts:
Dinner party dessert:
Try this for the easiest Panna Cotta…
3 gelatine leaves
450ml double cream
200ml whole milk
100g white caster sugar
1 vanilla pod
Put the gelatine leaves in a small bowl of cold water to soften – this will take about 5 mins. Meanwhile, pour the cream, milk and sugar into a pan. Split the vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds and add, together with the pod, to the cream mixture. Heat gently until hot, but not bubbling. Remove the gelatine leaves from the water, squeeze out any excess liquid then add, one at a time, to the hot cream. Stir until dissolved and leave to stand for half an hour. Strain the mixture through a sieve into 6 serving glasses, then chill for at least 3 hrs.
Now you have your basic panna cotta you can be as creative as you like. Just add your favourite topping – Simple, fresh berries? Coulis? Chocolate shavings? Furthermore, why not make every deceased Italian Nonna turn in her grave by scattering on some Dolly Mixtures! You’ve got a delicious, creamy, blank canvas – start painting!
Easy no-bake desserts:
Chocolate peanut cheesecake in a glass (makes 4)
200g LoviSweets chocolate peanuts
8 digestive biscuits, crushed
50g of butter, melted
4 tbsp icing sugar
Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter. Spoon into 2 glasses. Crush 3/4 of the peanuts, leaving the rest whole. Fold the crushed nuts and icing sugar into the mascarpone. Divide the mixture between the glasses and finally, scatter over the whole chocolate peanuts.
Easy desserts for kids:
Two words: ice cream. Don’t even bother with anything else, because if my kids are anything to go by, nothing comes close. Fill a plastic glass with whatever their favourite ice cream is, top with squirty cream and Lovi Sweets Foam Bananas and Chocolate bananas for the best ‘Banana Split’ ever.
Do you have a go-to simple dessert that never lets you down? We’d love to hear about it!