Cooking Tips – Why Spend an Hour on a Dessert If You Could Have it Done in 30 Minutes Or Less?

Many desserts are keeping you busy for quite some time. But there are also quite a few desserts that go really quick and look and taste just as great. And it’s even better if you got one that you can make a day in advance and keep in the fridge. That’s what I do on a Saturday. Then Sundays we can just enjoy our dessert without the hassle of still having to make it.
Three ultra quick desserts that can be prepared in 5 minutes to half an hour are:
• Chocolate or vanilla cream with fruit
• Trifle
• Ice cream with fruit puree
Chocolate or vanilla cream with fruit
Chocolate cream (vanilla cream as well) is very quick to prepare, it will take you less than half an hour.
If you use a pudding powder, just prepare it according to the instructions on the packet. Some require brief cooking others are done with cold milk. Alternately, use 40 g corn flour and 50 g sugar (for a chocolate cream add 40 g cocoa to the mixture before you add it to the milk).
Once the cream is done cooking, set the pot into a large bowl filled with cold water and ice cubes to make it cool down quicker.
If you want an exclusive taste, beat 125 ml fresh cream whilst the pudding is cooling down and mix it in with a metal spoon when the pudding has reached room temperature.
To make your dessert more enticing, fill some canned fruit (well drained!) in your dessert bowls. Keep some of them for later decoration. Then cover the fruit with the pudding and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. Just before you serve it, decorate it with the rest of the cream and the remaining fruit and sprinkle some chocolate flakes over the dessert. This recipe makes 4 servings.
Trifle
A trifle can be done within 20 minutes. Most of the recipes serve 6-8 people.
Cover the bottom of your dish with the trifle sponge (cut into cubes). Drip the juice of your canned fruit mixed with 60 ml fruit juice over the biscuit. Spread 825 g canned fruit over it. Beat 250 ml of cream until it starts getting firm and mix in 200 g ricotta. Spread that cream over the trifle and put it into the fridge for at least an hour. Sprinkle with 20 g almond flakes or chopped nuts just before serving.
If you worry about calories, use coconut cream instead of the cream. Make sure you buy one that really is low in fat since products fat content varies greatly. You can also use fruit in fruit juice instead of syrup which will have much lower sugar content because no sugar is added to these.
Ice cream with fruit puree
Fruit purees only take you a couple of minutes to prepare, are very healthy and can easily be prepared a day in advance and kept it in the fridge. Especially your kids will love it. The following recipe makes 4 servings.
Mix 300 g fresh or well drained canned fruit, 2 tablespoons honey and 2-3 tablespoons fruit juice in your electric blender until the mixture is smooth. Pour the fruit sauce over one or two scoops of good quality ice cream (low-fat if you need to watch calories) per person and decorate it with chopped nuts, almond flakes or chocolate flakes. You can also buy some fruit extra and arrange it next to the ice cream.
Most desserts that don’t require cooking are quick to prepare. Just keep in mind that many need to stand in the fridge for some time to get firm or unfold their taste. But this is actually a great advantage because you can prepare them the day before. On your day you just need to take it out. No more hassles of preparing a dessert on a Sunday.

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