Quick Dessert Recipes

Desserts don't have to be complicated to be good. There's so much available on the market that with a few combinations quick dessert recipes can be fixed like magic.

A few ingredients and you can make hard to resist desserts.

I don't know about you but the more rustic and natural food in general is, the more appetizing they seem to be.

It only takes a few ideas and looking around to get you going. How about a strawberry dessert with cream cheese and cookie crumble? Or perhaps:

  • Toasted cramique bread with mascarpone, fruit jam and cut grapes.
  • Baked peaches with condensed milk sauce.
  • Baked banana with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice-cream.
  • Apple slices with a special sauce and berries.
  • Quik apple pie.
  • Apricot pastry with shaved almonds.
  • Figs with ice-cream and sabayon sauce.

...there's too much to list because of the wide range of ready-to-consume ingredients to combine with! 

Fast vs Easy

Quick strawberry dessert with cream and amarettiStrawberry compote with sour cream and crumble in 5 minutes or less.

Quick dessert recipes are easy but easy desserts aren't always quickly made.

Just ask any pastry shop owner. Professionals are not inclined to make desserts on a whim. 

They do need to work within a timeframe and for that to work, they have to make use of ready-made mixtures. These are mostly purchased from whole sale suppliers.

Those mixtures only need things like eggs, butter or just water and it's ready for mixing and baking. Talk about easy desserts.

Pastry shops or "patisseries" rarely make something from scratch.

With the same mindset, you need to figure out what would make an appetizing dessert with "ready-made" ingredients.

For a hobby chef wanting to make something fast, that has a different meaning if they do not want to make use of packaged mixtures.

For those looking to make quick dessert recipes, ready-made are :

  • Fruits (incl. canned)
  • Biscuits (incl. digestives)
  • Canned whip-cream
  • Certain cheeses
  • Cornflakes
  • Puffed rice
  • Cream
  • Jam
  • Nuts
  • Honey
  • Condensed milk
  • Chocolate
  • Yogurt
  • Sweet breads
  • Quick sauces
  • Doughs (cooled)
  • Ice-cream
  • Pancakes
  • Crusts
  • Pudding mix

 ...and much more. Whatever you think is usable and allows an absolute minimum of processing.

Let me tell you, if you're good at puzzling and know about flavors, with the above "shelve" ingredients you could make something that could match the more elaborative desserts.

Balancing Time

When time is the main criteria, packaged mixtures will not always provide the solution since you have to take in account baking and preparation times. That could be anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes or even longer.

Quick dessert of waffle with cream and strawberriesQuick waffle dessert with cream and strawberries.

In that time frame I could have made several types of desserts with minimal processing.

Yes, mixtures make more complicated cakes, pies and pastries a breeze. But you will have to find the middle road between incorporating mixtures with "shelve" ingredients or just stick to the latter.

Some quick dessert recipes only take 5 minutes to make. Hard to believe? Try this:

  1. Take a large peach half from a can, let it drain.
  2. Put a layer of crushed cornflakes in a dessert tray.
  3. Lay peach on cornflakes.
  4. Pour condensed milk over peach.
  5. Spray a cloud of whip cream on peach. 

...done! I bet some of you could do it under 5 minutes.

Whenever you want to bake fruit, quick pastry, souffles, etc... here too would it require some decision making. 

This approach is obviously only necessary when you have unexpected visitors, are very busy due to work or other circumstances. 

Perhaps you just want something more "instant" while you're watching TV. Go crazy with your creativity!