Making your own desserts at home can sound like quite a task. But what do you do when those sugar cravings hit in the middle of the day? Especially when eating out at your favourite restaurant isn’t an option. Well, you don’t have to be a professional pastry chef to whip up some delicious, restaurant-style desserts. We made a list of some mouth-watering, easy dessert recipes that are fuss-free and total crowd-pleasers. Try these recipes for when you need to satiate your sugar cravings.
1. Chocolate pudding
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp cornstarch
2.5 cups milk
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp salt
100 grams dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp butter
Whipped cream for topping
Chocolate shavings for topping
Put a pan on medium heat. Add sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt, and milk in the pan, and keep whisking till it comes to a boil, approximately for 5-6 minutes.
Next, put the egg yolks in a bowl and beat them till they become frothy and light. To this, add the cocoa mixture slowly, and keep whisking till everything combines. Pour this combined mixture back in the pan, and keep whisking over medium heat for about 3 minutes till it thickens.
Once the mixture comes to the desired consistency, take the pan off the heat, and add chocolate, butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine it all, and make sure there are no lumps in the mixture.
Pour the mixture in a bowl, and cover it with a plastic wrap. Refrigerate it till it is chilled and set, approximately 2 hours.
Serve it in small bowls, and top off each bowl with a little whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
2. Three Ingredient Creme Brulee
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp sugar
Preheat the oven at 325˚F (160˚C). Next, melt the ice cream in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and keep aside to cool it for 5 minutes. Once it has cooled down, add the yolk into it, and whisk till both are combined well.
Pour this mixture in a ramekin, and place the ramekin in a pan. Pour hot water into the pan, and let it come halfway up to the ramekin. Bake for about 40-50 minutes.
When it’s still a bit jiggly, take it out of the oven, and let it cool down to room temperature. Cover it with a plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours.
When you want to serve, take out the creme brulee from the fridge and sprinkle some sugar on top. Use a torch or broil the creme brulee to melt the sugar and get a crispy top. Another way to do this is with a metal spoon. Pick a spoon you can throw away, and heat it over a flame. Wear protective gear on your hands like an oven mitt. Wait for the spoon to get really, really hot, and just touch it on the sugar. Watch in awe as your creme brulee gets a fancy touch-up.
3. Peanut butter cups
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup melted chocolate
3 tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
In a bowl, add peanut butter and sugar, and mix well till it combines.
Next, take a cupcake or muffin tray, and add butter paper to each mould. Then, add 2 teaspoons of chocolate on the bottom, followed by a layer of peanut butter, and another layer of chocolate till the top, and smoothen it.
Refrigerate for about an hour till the chocolate hardens. Remove peanut butter cups from the tray, and enjoy this heavenly dessert.
4. Chocolate coconut balls
1/3 cup melted chocolate
4.5 cups coconut flakes
200 ml condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Put a pan on low heat, add coconut flakes to it, and stir a little. Add vanilla extract and condensed milk to it, and mix well. Then, take the pan off the heat, and refrigerate for about 10 minutes.
Next, take out the mixture, and roll it into balls. Melt the chocolate, and using a fork, dip the coconut balls into the chocolate till they are completely coated. Place these chocolate coconut balls on a parchment paper. Once all are done, put them in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes.
Take them out of the fridge when you’re ready to serve.
5. Chocolate fudge
400 gms condensed milk (one can)
1/4 cup butter
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
Walnuts, almonds, sprinkles (optional)
Put chocolate, condensed milk, and butter in a bowl, and melt this mixture in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes. Make sure to stir it every minute so it mixes well.
Take a glass baking dish, and add the mixture into it. Refrigerate it till it is set, and cut out blocks to serve.
6. Banana ice cream
3 ripe bananas
A handful of chocolate chips
3 tbsp milk
Cut the banana into thin slices, and put the slices in a plastic container. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.
Once the slices are completely frozen, add them to a grinder along with milk and chocolate chips. Blend until it is smooth and creamy.
Top it off with some extra chocolate chips or crushed nuts of your choice, and serve right away.
7. Oreo cheesecake truffles
2 packets Oreo cookies
250 gms cream cheese, softened
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate (dark or milk)
Put the Oreos in a plastic bag, and crush them well. Transfer these crushed cookies to a container, and add cream cheese. Mix well.
Make balls out of the mixture, and place them on a parchment paper. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds, but don’t melt it completely.
Dip the balls into melted chocolate till they are completely coated. Place the coated balls back on the parchment paper, and refrigerate for about an hour till it sets.
Serve them right away,
8. Cherry watermelon sorbet
3 cups watermelon, frozen
1 cup cherries, de-seeded and frozen
1–2 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
1/2 cup water
In a food processor, add watermelon, cherries, and sugar. Keep adding water as you blend the mixture to get a smooth slushie-like consistency.
Pour out the mixture in bowls and serve right away, or refrigerate in an airtight container to use later.
If you want a fun way to beat the heat, try making cocktails at home. Check out these easy and fruity cocktail and mocktail recipes which make the summer slightly more bearable.