No, I’m not talking Angel Delight (although I have to confess it is a guilty pleasure of mine). As lockdown eases and the rules relax we are more easily able to meet our friends and family and more likely to be entertaining. As we won’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for any longer than absolutely necessary, I thought a few mega fast instant desserts might come in handy. Actually they are not really recipes, more sweet treat cheats… and instant hits!
STRAWBERRIES AND BUBBLES
All you need is a few hulled strawberries, a sprinkle of caster sugar and, when you are ready to serve, a few splashes of sparking Rose wine. Raspberries would work equally well… just need to ensure your soft fruit is fragrantly ripe.
Adding a few buttery biscuits to the side of this simple but elegant pudding adds texture and a softness to compliment the acidity in the fruit and alcohol. (Recipe from Woman & Home)
An affogato (more traditionally known as affogato al caffe) is an Italian coffee-based dessert. Simply place a scoop of vanilla ice cream into a cup or glass and serve with a freshly made espresso. Everyone then just pours the hot coffee over their ice cream and, Bob’s your uncle, a meltingly moreish combo.
FRESH FIGS WITH LEMON-SCENTED MASCARPONE & HONEY
This dessert elevates the humble fig to another level. Delicious on their own, the addition of mascarpone and honey makes this one to remember.
In a small bowl, stir together the mascarpone, lemon zest, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Cut the figs in half lengthwise. Top each fig half with a scant teaspoon of the mascarpone filling. Arrange on a serving plate and drizzle with honey. For six people, you’ll need 12 ripe figs, 3-4 tbspns mascarpone, 1/4 tsp of finely grated lemon zest, a few drops of lemon juice, freshly grated nutmeg and runny honey for drizzling. (Recipe by Ruth Lively).
SPEEDY MANGO PUDDING
Tempt them with this tropical treat. You need one large ripe peeled and diced mango which you whizz to a puree in a food processor. Add 6 scoops of vanilla ice cream and 2 tbsps double cream and whizz again. Spoon into bowls and drizzle half a passionfruit over each. Serves 6. (Recipe from BBC Goodfood).
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE INSTANT DESSERTS? WHY NOT SHARE THEM IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW THIS ARTICLE. THANK YOU.