Fast vs Easy
Strawberry 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
- Puffed rice
- Condensed milk
- Sweet breads
- Quick sauces
- Doughs (cooled)
- 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.
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 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:
- Take a large peach half from a can, let it drain.
- Put a layer of crushed cornflakes in a dessert tray.
- Lay peach on cornflakes.
- Pour condensed milk over peach.
- 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!