A lot of home cooks will spend time making their own appetizers and entrées but buy dessert from the store without a second thought. Although that is fine, there are so many make-ahead dessert recipes to choose from. You do not have to be making dessert and the entrée at the same time. Choose something you can prepare in the morning, and then refrigerate or forget about. Presenting a home-cooked meal from the appetizer to the dessert is something which is sure to wow everyone at the dinner table. Homemade dessert tastes better than anything store-bought too. Some desserts can be served hot from the oven, others are best warm or at room temperature, and some are chilled or even frozen, and a lot of frozen desserts will keep for weeks or months.
There are fun desserts which you can get really creative with, choosing which kind of icing or frosting to mix and match, and what kind of nut, sprinkles, chocolate chip, berry or other kinds of toppings you are going to add. Perhaps you have small kids who can help you stir the batter (and lick the spoon!) or older ones who can help weigh and measure out the dessert ingredients. Regardless of how old the kids are, they are sure to want to assist in some way, even if they just want to be your chief taster! Some dessert recipes are aimed at kids while others are ideal for all the family. Some are perhaps not the best to choose from kids, including anything with strong, tart flavors in it, so you should always use your own judgement when picking out desserts for different people and occasions. Continue reading
These delicious lime cupcakes are tangy and tasty, and the poppy seeds gives them a lovely crunch. The cupcakes are flavored with fresh lime zest and juice and the frosting features vanilla and lime. You can make the frosting ahead if you wish. It keeps in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Just bring it to room temperature and beat it for a bit before using, if you do wish to make it ahead.
Cupcakes can be made in many different flavors and perhaps you have made citrus ones before, using orange or lemon. Actually if you want to, you can swap some of the lime for orange or lemon in this recipe, just to alter the taste a little. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes so you can double it if you wish. These cupcakes are so yummy it is hard to limit yourself to eating just one at a time!
Because these cupcakes are so pretty they make nice birthday cakes. If you are looking for an alternative to the standard birthday cake recipe why not make a batch of these and put a candle in each one, the number of candles corresponding to the age of the person you are baking for (well, within reason!) That is a great idea for birthdays and there is no cutting involved either, since everyone gets their own cupcake. Continue reading
This fluffy, light cheesecake is not baked, which means it is quick and simple to put together. The crust is made with graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar, and the creamy layer is made with cream cheese, sugar, cream and vanilla. Finally the top layer goes on and you can just use cherry pie filling for that. Of course this is a dessert you can make ahead because it keeps in the refrigerator for several hours, so perhaps you want to make this for a dinner party or a get-together when you just want to bring out the dessert when you are ready and not be tied up in the kitchen away from your guests.
This cheesecake combines a crunchy crust with a creamy layer and a fruity layer on top, so you have a bit of everything, and it has a wonderful homemade flavor. If the weather is hot and you do not want the oven on, making a no-bake cheesecake is the perfect solution because there is no cooking involved at all.
Instead you will need to chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator, first to set the crust, then to set the creamy layer. Once you have added the cherry pie filling you can serve it immediately or chill until required. If you plan to serve it immediately then store the can of cherry pie filling in the refrigerator so it will be cold. This is a great dessert to serve after any kind of main dish and you can make the slices as small or as generous as you wish. Continue reading
This pie is so mouthwatering and it is perfect for the holidays. There might be more ingredients in the recipe than you would expect to see but this is well worth making because the flavor is so wonderful. The pumpkin and sweet potato combine to give you plenty of incredible flavor, while the coconut adds a subtle touch and the spices complement the sweet potato and pumpkin taste.
Make your own pastry crust if you wish but it is just as easy to use a readymade one. It is important that the pastry is chilled (fresh from the refrigerator) when you put the pie in the oven. This is so it does not get too dark during the long baking time. Depending on your oven the pie might be ready in 1¾ hours but it usually takes closer to 2 hours, so just keep an eye on it.
If you wish to make this ahead, you can make the sweet potatoes mixture up to 3 days ahead and keep it refrigerated. Keep the cooking liquid (reduced to ¼ cup as detailed in the recipe) too and then you can bring them to room temperature and continue with the recipe when you want. Another idea is to freeze the sweet potato mixture and the cooking liquid for up to 3 months, then you will be able to thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. Make 2 pies at a time if you are expecting lots of company. If you do this, use 3 whole eggs when doubling the ingredients to make the filling. Continue reading
A strudel is a delicious filo pastry wrapped fruit dessert and, although it is usually made with apples, you can use other fruits to make it. Plums work particularly well, or you can try peaches or sour cherry. The oldest recipe for strudel dates back to 1696. As well as the sweet ones you can also get savory strudels, with fillings like cabbage, pumpkin or spinach. There are also meat ones.
The following recipe shows you how to make a strudel with plums and walnuts. Swap one of the plums for a couple of tablespoons of chopped raisins if you like. The cinnamon is a nice addition and you can serve this dessert with whipped cream. Filo pastry can be made by hand or you can buy it frozen and just use that instead. Each layer is very thin and you need to lightly brush each layer with oil before adding the next.
Strudel is nice served warm from the oven with some powdered sugar on top, and you can serve it with some freshly whipped cream or else a scoop of vanilla ice cream is always nice with such a dessert. A lot of pastries can be quite heavy but filo pastry is comparatively light, so do not worry about this dessert being too filling, because it should not be. This is a dessert for any occasion and, despite the elegant presentation, it is nice and easy to put together. Continue reading
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