Easy throw-together desserts

Making dessert for a family meal or fancy dinner party doesn’t have to be hard. Actually, dessert is by far the easiest course to throw together. All you need are a few good, basic ingredients and 10 minutes and dessert is done!

The easiest place to start when thinking about dessert is fruit. Fresh seasonal fruit with a dollop of custard, a little cream or just sweetened yoghurt can make some of the best desserts. Add in some quality store-bought biscuits crumbled over the top and you’ll definitely have a hit on your hands and table!

Roast fruit with ‘cheat’s crumble’

Peel and core four apples and the same number of peaches, plums or apricots (if in season). Throw into a baking tray and add a handful or two of strawberries or raspberries (frozen is fine). Sprinkle with about 1/4 cup caster sugar, squeeze over the juice of one orange and add a vanilla pod. Place in a hot oven to roast for about 20 minutes or until the fruit is soft. Once cooked, remove from oven and crumble over two cups of amaretti biscuits (plain old Digestive biscuits work well too). Serve with honey-flavoured yoghurt or mascarpone sweetened with a little brown sugar.

Fresh blueberry ‘trifle’

Whip 300mL of cream until soft peaks form. Fold through the pulp of three passionfruit and a tablespoon of sugar. Slice up a store-bought sponge cake into cubes and arrange these in serving bowls. Spoon over the passionfruit cream and sprinkle with fresh blueberries. Yummo!

Easy self-saucing apple pudding

Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a deep baking tray or 24cm cake tin and line the base with thinly sliced apples or pears. In a separate bowl, mix together a cup of self-raising flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp ground ginger and a pinch of salt. In another bowl, whisk together 1 egg, 75g melted butter and one cup of milk. Gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together then pour batter over the pears. Sprinkle the top with 3/4 cup dark brown sugar and pour over a cup of boiling water. Place in oven and bake for 35 minutes or until top is firm to touch. Serve with ice cream.

Hot chocolate sundaes

Pour 1 cup of cream into a saucepan and bring just to boiling point. Remove from heat and stir through 250g chocolate (broken into pieces). Stir until the chocolate has melted into the cream and set mixture aside. Roughly chop 1 cup salted peanuts and peel a couple of bananas. To assemble, place a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream into bowls, place half a banana on the side of each, pour over the hot chocolate sauce and sprinkle with the peanuts. You could also serve this to adults with a splash or two of white rum in the chocolate sauce (so good!).

Everyone will love these treats. And the best news? They are so easy you’ll only need 10 minutes to throw them together.