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Wednesday 22 July 2015

Quick & Easy Family Desserts

If your kids are anything like mine, they always ask for pudding after their dinner (they usually ask for pudding after their lunch too, and have been known to ask after breakfast). If they're lucky enough they may get something freshly home baked, but mostly I send them to the fruit bowl. There's only so much fruit they can eat though, so I like to have these essential ingredients in the fridge, freezer and cupboard to enable me to rustle up a quick dessert.
  • cake
  • ice cream
  • frozen berries
  • squirty cream
  • double cream
  • mascarpone
  • cream cheese
  • biscuits

These layered chocolate desserts are based on my Baileys Chocolate Lasagne, and are put together in mixer glasses (or empty Nutella glasses work well), using chocolate milk instead of Baileys. You could make a citrus or berry version by changing the swiss roll, and adding lemon zest to the mascarpone, or a layer of berries. 

layered chocolate pot

Layered chocolate pot - makes one dessert

1/4 jumbo chocolate swiss roll
2 tbsp chocolate milk (can be replaced with Baileys)
60g mascarpone
10g caster sugar
tbsp double cream
grated chocolate or milkshake powder to finish
  • unroll the swiss roll carefully
  • cut out 3 discs of sponge with a circular cutter, just a touch smaller than your straight sided glass (or you could cut thin slices of roll if the roll is the approx same diameter as your glass)
  • brush the side without cream filling with a little chocolate milk - you want them to be moist but not soggy
  • set the remaining chocolate milk aside
  • beat the mascarpone with the caster sugar until smooth
  • add the cream and beat again, and then the chocolate milk
  • place a sponge disc into the base of the glass
  • spoon a third of the mascarpone on top and smooth over
  • repeat with the remaining sponge & mascarpone
  • finish with some grated chocolate or a sprinkle of chocolate milkshake powder
layered chocolate pot

Sundaes are another favourite quick and easy dessert, which I make with whatever fruit and ice cream I have at the time. I add either a layer of crushed biscuits or cake at the bottom, and then layer up ice cream and berries (or tinned fruit) and top off with some squirty cream. Both of these desserts can be made with (or by) the kids too.

Strawberry & Chocolate Sundae

Strawberry & Chocolate Sundae

chocolate brownies
frozen strawberries (thawed)
vanilla ice cream
chocolate ice cream 
squirty cream
  • Layer up the ingredients in a sundae glasss
  • Finish off with some crumbled brownie on top

Another favourite is the cheesecake, and individual desserts can be made quickly by mixing a little cream cheese with lemon zest and caster sugar and spooning on top of a digestive biscuit, and popping some berries on top. Alternatively try mixing chocolate spread with the cream cheese and spooning on top of a chocolate digestive biscuit.

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