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5 Easy No-Bake Desserts

When one wants to turn out a decadent dessert without switching on the oven, it’s time to turn to those no-bake dessert options. These easy desserts have a minimum of preparation and cooking time.

Check out the recipes below; they will make planning your next dinner party a breeze.

  1. Lemon Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 250 gms Marie biscuits
  • 125 gms butter, melted
  • 250 gms cream cheese softened
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp gelatin
  • ¼ cup hot water

Method

  • Lightly grease a 20 cm springform pan.
  • Blend or crush biscuits and stir in butter.
  • Press mixture evenly over the base and refrigerate the crumb crust for 30 minutes until firm.
  • Beat the cream cheese in a small bowl with an electric hand whisk until smooth, beat in the condensed milk, rind and juice and beat until smooth.
  • Soften gelatin in 1/4 cup hot water.
  • Stir the gelatin solution into the lemon mixture.
  • Pour the mixture in the crumb crust and refrigerate for several hours until set.
  • Decorate with strawberries and thin slices of sugared lemon.
  1. Peach Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 large tin peaches
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 3 tsp gelatin dissolved in half cup warm water
  • 250 ml whipping cream

Method

  • Blend peaches in a blender.
  • Add the condensed milk and blend further.
  • Dissolve the gelatin in warm water and when it reaches room temperature, mix it in the peach mixture.
  • Whip the cream and fold it into the peach mixture.
  • Leave to set in the fridge.

3.Key Lime Pie

Ingredients

  • 100 gms butter
  • 200 gms Marie biscuits
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 200 gms fresh cream
  • 7-8 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

Method

  • Melt the butter in the microwave.
  • Crush biscuits and add to the butter and layer the bottom of the dish, patting the base down firmly.
  • Put into the fridge to harden.
  • Beat the condensed milk and cream together until well mixed and then add the lime juice one spoon at a time.
  • The mixture will become fairly thick; pour it onto the biscuit base and leave in the fridge to set.
  • You have the option to decorate with piped cream or with thin slices of caramelized lemon.
  1. Chocolate Blancmange

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 &1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 115 gms plain chocolate chopped
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • Plain chocolate curls to decorate

Method

  • Rinse a three-cup fluted mold with cold water and leave it upside down to drain
  • Blend the corn flour with a little milk in a medium-size bowl.
  • Pour the milk into a pan, bring to a boil and pour onto the blended paste, stirring constantly until smooth.
  • Remove from the heat. Then add the sugar, chopped chocolate and the vanilla extract and stir until the sauce is smooth and the sugar and chocolate have dissolved completely.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into the mold and cover the top with a damp baking parchment and leave in a cool place to set.
  • When it is time to serve, place a large serving plate upside down on top of the mold. Holding the plate and mold firmly, turn them over. Give the mold a gentle shake to loosen the blancmange onto the plate and lift the mold off.
  • Sprinkle the curls on top.
  1. Exotic Tapioca Pearl(Sago) Pudding

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup tapioca pearl/sago
  • 2 cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 250 gms cut fruit (mangoes, lychees or pineapple)

Method

  • Put the tapioca pearl/sago in a bowl and pour enough warm water to cover it completely.
  • Leave to soak for an hour until it swells. Drain well.
  • Pour the measured water in a large pan and bring it to a boil over a medium heat; add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Add the tapioca and coconut milk, reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for ten minutes until the tapioca becomes tender and transparent.
  • Spoon into one large or four individual bowls and serve warm with tropical fruit.

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