I've been experimenting in the kitchen, trying to compile a list of really easy dessert recipes... y'know for those days you want to make a dessert snack really quickly and without much effort or without having to buy a hundred different ingredients that you might need. Here are a few I'd like to share:
Well there are really only two ingredients in this recipe, a packet of biscuits (digestives or whatever) and a tub of yoghurt (I had strawberry, but vanilla or plain yoghurt is best).
STRAWBERRIES & CREAM
Really, you don't have to be a Rocket Scientist to guess that the two main ingredients here: strawberries and cream. If you got that right, 10 points for you. You can use any strawberries, as long as they're not stolen and any dessert cream. I had a tin of Nestle Dessert Cream... oh happy day. What I usually do is rinse the strawberries in a colander, letting the access water drain before I slice them up into a bowl. You can slice them up any which way that pleases you; whatever tickles your fanny.
I then sprinkled 3 tablespoons of sugar onto the strawberries and mixed it around a bit. Now, you can use brown sugar as a healthier alternative; the amount of sugar you use is really up to you, taking into account individual preferences and quantities. The strawberries should then be covered and left to "stew" in it's own juices for about 2 hours. If it's a particularly hot day, you can let them stew in the refrigerator.
After some time, the strawberries will look all syrupy and delicious... then it's time to layer them with the cream. Be careful not to beat the cream too much, you don't want it to be too runny, a nice thick-ish consistency is what you're looking for. Then go about layering to your hearts content. And it really is as easy as that. Simple and oh so delicious.
Tip: For added substance and to dilute the acidity of the strawberries, slice a banana or two into the mixture as well as some papaya. You can also add some grenadine/granadilla/passion fruit pulp for an added kick of flavour and you'll have yourself a nice tropical summer fruit salad with cream.
CREAMY JELLY PUDDING THING-Y
So I don't have a name for this one, sue me. I can't even remember where we learned to make this dessert. Anyways, main ingredient here is a packet of your favourite Jelly/Jello powder (80 grams) and a can of evaporated milk.
You can start by making the jelly/jello halfway. Most packets require you to add a glass of boiling hot water (between 200ml - 225ml) to the powder as well as a glass of ice cold water before stirring the mixture and letting it set. HOWEVER, for this recipe, you only need the glass of boiling hot water for the jelly/jello powder, that is 225ml of hot water for 80g of whatever flavour jelly powder.
Mix the jelly powder and hot water well before adding it to the can of evaporated milk. Blitz the mixture in a blender for about 10 to 15 seconds. Pour into the mould or dish, cover and store it in the freezer for 20 - 30 minutes to set. Remove and put it into the refrigerator and presto... you have a nice creamy jelly-ish pudding for dessert.
Tip: For extra creamy-ness, add whatever leftover cream you may have from the Strawberries and Cream before blitzing all the ingredients together, a table spoon or two would do. Blitz for no longer than a few seconds at a time, you don't want the mixture to become too frothy. And if you happen to forget the dessert in the freezer, it's no train-smash. Simply let it thaw and it will be good to eat in no time.