Need a pud in a hurry? Annie Bell has got you covered. YOU magazine’s resident culinary queen has come up with seven simple dessert ideas that you can put together in a flash, and using only the simplest of store-cupboard staples. In fact, you probably have the ingredients to make some of them at home already! Whether you prefer fresh fruit, chocolate or a treat that’s somewhere between the two, there’s an idea in this no-work dessert selection that you’re sure to love.
And if you’re entertaining, why not set up a quick dessert station and let your dinner party guests build their own? If this spread won’t make your hosting skills a legend, we don’t know what will…
1. Pile up fresh mixed berries, add shaved fresh coconut and scoop over some passionfruit seeds.
2 Serve bought chocolate chip cookies with good quality vanilla ice cream and chocolate curls or sprinkles of your choice.
3 Sandwich your favourite ice cream or sorbet in small brioches or brioche buns. Decorate with fresh mint.
4 Chop fresh mango, dollop on some coconut yoghurt and scatter over a few chopped pistachios, topping with one or two fresh rose petals for decoration, if wished.
5 Whip some crème fraîche and swirl through a little lemon curd. Serve with blueberries, mini meringues, crumbled shortbread and a sprinkle of lemon zest.
6 Decant bought chocolate mousse into pretty serving bowls. Add a blob of whipped cream, a crumbled mini brownie and a few chocolate buttons.
7 Slice bananas on the diagonal, drizzle over a little dulce de leche, spoon some bought thick custard over the top and dot with a few slivers of fudge.
Recipe by Annie Bell. Food styling by Clare Lewis. Styling by Sue Radcliffe.