Recipes – Desserts
Many a boring meal has been salvaged by a phenomenal dessert. Whether it’s chocolaty, fruity, creamy or crunchy, it’s hard to go wrong with a great dessert. While we love all types of desserts – cookies, cakes and crumbles – we especially love easy-to-make desserts.
Though it was hard to choose, we selected three of our tried and true, family-tested (and family-approved) dessert recipes. Maple yoghurt pound cake is perfect for summer. Using yoghurt and oil instead of pound cake’s traditional butter base results in a lighter cake that stays lusciously moist for days. The maple syrup provides just the right amount of subtle sweetness, perfect for pairing with berries.
Fudgy, smooth and intense, Gâteau au Chocolat Fondant de Nathalie is worth every calorie. Don’t be intimidated by its fancy name, it’s incredibly easy to make. Simply melt the chocolate and butter together, then stir in the rest of the ingredients in the same bowl. You often hear that you should use the best-quality ingredients you can find, but it’s particularly true for this cake. As easy as it is, we love to serve it when entertaining. Plated with a dusting of icing sugar and a dollop of freshly whipped cream, guests will think you slaved all day in the kitchen.
Freezer cookies, like Grandma Dot’s Oatmeal Freezer Cookies, are ideal desserts for busy parents. You can make the dough days, weeks, even months in advance, then store it in your freezer until you need it. On the day you want to bake the cookies, simply thaw the dough in the fridge, slice and bake it – hot cookies fresh from the oven in minutes.
While show-stopping multi-tiered cakes and fanciful shaped cookies might look great in a bakery window, desserts don’t have to be difficult. Frankly, store-bought goodies just cannot compare to a treat from your own kitchen. We hope this sampling of recipes tempts you to treat your kids – and yourself – to a homemade dessert tonight.
From our kitchens to yours,
Kelly & Kristin
You can find these recipes and more family favourites on our blog, www.dinnerdujour.org.