The best part of the meal for most of the people is what follows after the main course, a.k.a. dessert. Dessert is indeed the favorite part of everyone, be it a kid or an aged person. Everyone loves dessert. But a good dessert is indeed one of the most complex things to make and it also involves a lot of work. This worries almost everyone. So here is your savior. These are some recipes which are extremely easy to prepare and even more delicious to eat. The best part about these recipes is that most of the ingredients for these delicious desserts can be found easily in your own house.
1 Apple Crumble:
Apple crumble is one of the simplest desserts to make and it is also lip-smackingly delicious. The cinnamon in this dessert enhances the taste of the apples.
For the Apple Layer:
10 apples, peeled and cut into slices
¾ cup sugar
3tbsp lemon juice
1tsp powdered cinnamon (dal chini)
For the Topping:
2 cups plain flour (maida)
1tsp baking powder
1 cup caster sugar
½ cup butter
For the Apple Layer:
1 Peel and slice the apples.
2 Add lemon juice and half cup sugar and the cinnamon powder
3 cook for 3-4 minutes, till apples are slightly cooked. Be careful not to mash the slices.
4 Arrange the apple slices in a greased, oven-proof glass baking dish
For the Topping:
1 Sieve the flour, baking powder and powdered sugar, together.
2 Cut the butter into small pieces.
3 Rub the butter in the flour and mix with your fingertips, till your mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
4 Spread the flour mixture over the apples.
5 Press Gently
6 Pre-heat the oven at 180degrees
7. Bake in the pre-heated for 30-40 minutes or until slightly golden.
8 Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
Serves: 8 people.
2 Shahi Tukri:
Traditionally an Indian bread pudding, Shahi Tukri is an extremely delicious and easy to make dish. In this the bread is deep fried and soaked in sugar syrup which is served with rabri.
6 slices of bread
3 cups milk
½ cup sugar (for the sugar syrup)
1/3 cup sugar (for rabri)
200g cottage cheese (paneer), finely grated.
7-8 green cardamom, skinned and crushed
4-5 almonds, skinned and sliced into long pieces
8-10 pistachio, sliced thinly
A few strands of kesar dissolved in 1tbsp of water
1 silver varq (optional)
Oil or Desi Ghee for frying
1 Remove the side crusts of the bread and cut each slice into 4 triangle pieces.
2 heat 2 cups of water and sugar together in a pan.
3 Once the solution boils, let it simmer for 5 minutes.
4 Remove from heat and let it cool down.
5 Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the bread triangles, which you had earlier cut.
6 Fry till the bread is golden brown.
7 Remove on a paper towel to remove the excess oil.
8 Dip the fried pieces in the cooled sugar solution.
9 Remove immediately on a serving platter, so that the bread pieces do not get soggy.
For the Rabri:
1 Heat the milk with 1/3rd cup of sugar in a heavy bottom pan.
2 Let it boil.
3 Keep stirring while the milk simmers and turns thick, this will take around 10-15 minutes.
4 Add grated cottage cheese or paneer.
5 Cook for 3-4 minutes, till the mixture resembles rabri.
6 Add the cardamoms and remove from the heat.
7 Let the rabri cool to room temperature.
8 Pour the cool rabri over the toasts.
9 Decorate with the silver varq, almonds and pistachio and soaked kesar.
10 Serve warm or cold, as you wish.
3 Toffee Bananas:
Toffee Bananas is as an easy to make Chinese Dessert, which has got a blend of textures, the sweetness of the banana and the crunchiness of the toffee coating. The kids are sure to love these.
6 Bananas, each banana peeled and cut into 3 pieces
3tbsp sesame seeds, roasted
Groundnut oil to fry
For the Batter:
½ cup plain flour (maida)
½ cup corn flour
1 level tsp baking powder
1 Mix all the flour, corn flour, baking powder, sugar and oil in 100 ml of water.
2 Heat oil in a wok.
3 Dip the Bananas in the prepared batter.
4 Deep fry them over low heat until it turns golden brown.
5 Drain on a tissue paper.
6 In another wok, mix the sugar and water and bring it to a boil.
7 Simmer the boiling mixture of sugar and water, till the sugar caramelizes, that is the mixture turns into a golden syrup.
8 Add the fried bananas to the prepared caramel.
9 Toss it well, till the caramel sugar coats the bananas.
10 Sprinkle the roasted sesame seeds on the bananas and toss again.
11 Transfer the bananas into a bowl of iced water so that the caramelized sugar forms a toffee-sort of layer on the banana.
12 Remove and serve.
Note: Other fruits like apples and pears can also be substituted for the bananas. The toffee Banana tastes well with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.