Friday, 21 June 2013

No-Bake Mini Desserts

No-Bake Mini Desserts
If you're hosting a bbq, party or buffet and catering for a large number of people, make up a batch of these really simple mini-puddings in advance and refrigerate until needed.

You can buy packs of mini plastic shot 'glasses' from pound stores and supermarkets.

Serves 10 (1 of each dessert per person) - double or treble the recipe to feed more!

For the basic mix
  • 250g/10 oz lighter/reduced fat mascarpone 
  • 200ml/8fl oz double cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
Lightly whip the cream.
Add the remaining ingredients and lightly whisk together.
Divide between two bowls...

  • 50g/2 oz amaretti or chocolate chip biscuits/cookies, roughly crushed
  • 1 tsp coffee granules dissolved in 2 tbsp boiling water, allowed to cool and mixed with 1 tbsp Amaretto or Tia Maria
  • 1 tbsp Bailey's liqueur
  • Crushed chocolate flake/chocolate chips/drinking chocolate powder to top
Evenly divide the crushed biscuits between 10 small shot glasses.
Drizzle around 1 tsp of the cold coffee/liqueur mixture over the biscuits in each glass.
Mix the Bailey's into one half of the cream cheese mixture.
Using a teaspoon, carefully spoon the mixture into each glass.
Top with crushed chocolate flake/chocolate chips or drinking chocolate powder.
Chill until needed.

Alternative:  For an alcohol-free version, swap the liqueurs for cold strong coffee.

Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake
  • 50g/2 oz shortbread biscuits, roughly crushed
  • 100g/4oz ripe strawberries, half diced finely, half sliced
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Mix the vanilla extract into the remaining half of the cream cheese mixture.
Lightly fold in the diced strawberries and crushed biscuits.
Using a teaspoon, carefully spoon the mixture into 10 small shot glasses.
Top with the sliced strawberries.
Chill until needed.

Alternative: Swap the shortbread biscuits for crushed meringue to make Eton Mess.

Not suitable for freezing. Eat within 24 hours of making.

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  1. These sound amazing! Especially because I don't use the oven as much as I used to. I always love to hear of "no oven required" pastries. :)


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