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4 No-Bake Desserts For Quick and Easy Treats

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As children start getting used to their back-to-school routines and adults return to work gradually, leaving the comfort of your home and work station takes a little getting used to. Most of all, those day-long culinary adventures you used to embark on have become a thing of the past.

We get it: nobody has time for these effort-laden intricate desserts. But this doesn’t mean we can’t still have a delicious little sweet treat made at home.

Here are 4 no-bake desserts you can whip up in a jiffy!

Milo Lava Cake (From Foodbymay)

Picture cutting into your smooth lava cake, and being greeted by the delicious sight of warm flowy Milo fudge. That’s exactly what you can expect when making this yummy treat. The best part is, you can skip the tedious oven pre-heating, and prepare this dessert in a steamer, or even your trusty rice-cooker!

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 25g fresh milk 
  • 26g all-purpose flour
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 4tbsp Milo powder

Method

  1. Place the eggs, melted butter, fresh milk and sugar in a bowl and mix well. 
  2. Add flour and Milo powder into the mixture, and mix till consistent. 
  3. Prepare your baking cups. (Tip: Add a layer of butter to the bottom to prevent sticking during removal).
  4. Set the cups into the steamer and wait for 6 minutes. 
  5. When the lava cake is ready, use a knife to pop the cake out of its mould.
  6. Top your dessert with Milo powder and place your favourite toppings!

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake (From Sweetest Menu)

This Chocolate Mousse Cake offers up a buttery cookie crust and is topped off with creamy chocolate mousse. Made with only 5 ingredients, and requiring no oven time, this cake looks impressive and is perfect for a quick weeknight dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 200g Oreo cookies
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 600ml thickened or heavy cream

Method: 

  1. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform baking tin with a little butter and set aside.
  2. Add Oreo cookies (cream filling and all) to a food processor and blend until they resemble fine crumbs. Melt butter in the microwave and pour over your crushed Oreos and whiz again the mixture resembles wet sand.
  3. Pour Oreo mixture into your prepared tin and press down gently to form an even layer. Pop in the fridge.
  4. Place chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Leave for a few minutes to cool slightly.
  5. Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to beat cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the cream into melted chocolate until smooth and combined. Pour over cookie crust. Place in the refrigerate to set for at least 4-6 hours or even better, overnight.
  6. Decorate with fruits and serve cold.

No-Bake Creme Brulee (From Completely Delicious)

This creme brulee recipe is fuss-free and is a great choice to whip up at home without an oven! An indulgent custard treat packed with rich vanilla flavour, this version uses thickener to set the custard, doing away with the baking process. The taste is almost as good as the real deal! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2tbsp cornstarch 
  • (Optional) granulated sugar for bruleeing

Method:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk and sugar. Use a sharp knife to scrape the vanilla beans from the pod and add to the saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Heat just until bubbles appear at the edges and mixture is steaming (do not bring to a boil).
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Add the hot cream mixture in a slow steady stream while whisking constantly.
  3. Pour mixture back into the saucepan and return to medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a spatula to scrape the bottom until mixture is thickened. This will take 3-5 minutes. Once thickened, cook for an additional 1 minute, while continuing to stir.
  4. Remove from heat and pass the custard through a mesh strainer to remove any lumps. Spoon into individual ramekins. Place in the fridge, uncovered, to set up for at least 2 hours.
  5. When ready to serve, sprinkle ramekins generously with granulated sugar. Working with one at a time, pass a kitchen torch over the surface until sugar melts and caramelizes. Serve immediately.

Five Ingredient Tiramisu (From BlueApron)

Tiramisu might sound fancy and a pain to make, but the delicious coffee-tinged treat does not have to be difficult. This five-ingredient Tiramisu is a great finisher to your family meals, and will definitely be a crowd favourite!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hot freshly brewed coffee
  • ½ cup and 1tbsp sugar
  • 6oz ladyfinger cookies
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 16oz mascarpone
  • (Optional) Cinnamon or cocoa powder for garnish

Method: 

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the coffee, and stir to dissolve.
  2. Whip the remaining sugar into the mascarpone in a large mixing bowl. Place the heavy cream in a second bowl and whip until it becomes stiff. Gently “fold” the whipped cream into the mascarpone.
  3. In a 13-by-9-inch baking dish, layer half the ladyfingers on the bottom, then brush generously with half of the coffee mixture. Allow a few minutes for the coffee to be absorbed by the cookies. 
  4. Then, top with half of the whipped cream-mascarpone mixture. Layer the remaining ladyfingers over the top, and brush them with the remaining coffee mixture (again, allow time for the coffee to be absorbed).  
  5. Top with the remaining whipped cream mixture. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour. 
  6. This dessert will get better as it chills and sits but can be served pretty quickly. 
  7. Garnish with cocoa powder and/or cinnamon and serve. 
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