It is not so much the number of ingredients that makes a "successful" dessert. Rather, timing and ratios. A good balance of work methods, components and matching flavors. That comes with experience.
The Basic Ingredients
Most households have a standard set of ingredients for general cooking, ranging from spices to dairy products.
That set can vary world-wide but it's safe to say that basic ingredients remain over all the same in developed countries. They consist of:
- Sugar and salt
- Herbs and spices
- Fruits and nuts
Let Others Help You!
Red fruit pie filling
It takes a bit of a trick but the internet can help find ready-made ingredients. These are great to make quick desserts.
Or perhaps your local bakery and specialty stores offer solutions.
If you never heard of fruit filling for pies in a jar, well, it's out there. You only have to pour it in a pre-baked pie crust.
Likewise, several types of mixtures are available nowadays. Even baked pie crusts or other dessert bases for your creations.
To give you an idea, there is ready-made:
- whip cream
- baked crusts
- dessert sauces
- sugar fondant
- rice pudding
- (frozen) doughs
...and many filling types.
Let's not forget packaged baking mixtures ranging from brownies, cakes to crumble. Add the moist/liquid (with eggs, milk, butter, etc...) and presto, ready to mix and bake.
|Genoise cake mixture
The Taste of Home
We learnt from our parents and our neighbours, from their habits and preferrations. That includes cooking.
What they made with ordinary ingredients was nothing short of delicious. At least in my neighbourhood.
They made it look like they were easy dessert recipes but their own touch made them out of this world. With aforementioned components we were given mouth-watering memories. Among them:
- Pan cakes
- Rice pudding
- Sweet bread / buns
- Sweet omelet
...and more! It has been mentioned before on this website, all you really need to make something delicious are simple ingredients.
Our grandmothers and mothers have shown that it's possible and we went back for more! How they made those great desserts - with that special touch - is another question entirely.
Easy dessert recipes don't have to imply inferior taste!
Hopefully I can lend a helping hand to start the ball rolling. Once you have basic cooking knowledge your creativity could take it a step further.