Our Best Quick Desserts
it's wonderful when you have the time to really go all out on a cake or a pie, but sometimes you just need a quick dessert. These are some recipes that will get you something sweet in a hurry, from gooey molten chocolate cake to creamy rice pudding.
Coconut Arborio Rice Pudding
Arborio rice is great for Stephanie Prida's pudding, because the plump grains stay perfectly firm and chewy.
Best-Ever Banana Splits
What makes these banana splits from Sweet Rose Creamery in Santa Monica, California, so good is the insanely fudgy chocolate sauce coupled with the light, crunchy almond topping.
Coconut Pudding with Raspberry Sauce
Carolina Buia says that when her mother was growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, it was common for the lady of the house to present this creamy coconut dessert at parties. Even though it's referred to here as a pudding, it has a texture similar to panna cotta.
As if the chocolate-hazelnut spread gianduja isn't delicious enough straight off the spoon, I've folded in whipped cream and crème fraîche to create a truly decadent (and ridiculously easy) mousse. For a supereasy ice cream sandwich, spoon the mousse between chocolate wafers and freeze overnight.
Quick Apple Crumble with Lebneh
The blend of flavors and textures here—crunchy, smooth, nutty, sweet, tart—makes this simple dessert irresistible. Opt forlebnehor another soft fresh cheese that won’t melt quickly underneath the warm apples topped with a quick granola crumble.
Creamy Peach Tart with Smoky Almond Crust
An almost-instant crust, made with vanilla wafer cookies and smoked almonds, is the secret to this simple and unusual tart.
Molten Chocolate Cake
This incredibly chocolaty and quick dessert is made with dark chocolate for extra decadence.
Toasts with Ricotta and Warm Balsamic-Caramel Apples
New York City chefApril Bloomfieldwill publish her memoir and cookbook, tentatively titledA Girl and Her Pig, in 2012. It will feature recipes from her three restaurants, includingThe Spotted Pig, many of them combining hot and cold ingredients. The chilled ricotta served over warm apples here expresses her style and makes an amazingly fast dessert.
Honey-Roasted Apricots with Amaretti Cookies
Jessica Theroux drizzles apricots with honey before roasting (plums and peaches work well, too) and crumbles store-bought amaretti (Italian cookies made with egg whites and almond flour) for a crispy topping.
This easy pineapple foster recipe is spiced with cinnamon and spiked with dark rum. To save time, buy precut fresh pineapple chunks from the salad bar in the deli section of your supermarket.
Swirled Summer Berry Soufflés
When Annabel Langbein started cooking professionally in 1981, she began gaining weight, eventually putting on 50 pounds. A nutrition course at the Culinary Institute of America in New York's Hudson River valley put her on the course to healthier eating, teaching her how to prepare low-fat dishes that didn't make her feel deprived, like this decadent-tasting soufflé, a swirl of berries and marshmallowy meringue.
Mini Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecakes
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
The luxurious frosting on this irresistible cupcake is made with store-bought strawberry jam.
Apple-Butter Ice Cream with Ginger-Chocolate Ganache
Folding apple butter into vanilla ice cream is a great way to add elegance.Green Aisle Grocery's Adam Erace also adds grated ginger to melted chocolate to make a fast sundae topping; for a more caramel-like sauce, substitute dulce de leche for the melted chocolate. the melted chocolate.
Crêpes with Strawberries and Muscat-Yogurt Sauce
Nichole Birdsall tops these crêpes with strawberries, a superfruit high in vitamin C and potent antioxidants, and a creamy, orangey sauce sweetened with a splash of Bonterra Muscat dessert wine instead of sugar.
Molten Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Filling
Plum-and-Honey Sabayon Gratins
Berry Fool with Black Pepper
Black pepper is an unlikely and stimulating addition to this dessert of fresh strawberries in whipped cream flavored with raspberry puree and Grand Marnier.
Ricotta Ice Cream with Honey and Almonds
Toasted almonds make an excellent textural contrast to creamy ricotta ice cream.
Zabaglione with Strawberries
Here we serve the zabaglione hot when it's just made, but if you want to prepare the dish ahead of time, mix the zabaglione with whipped cream and refrigerate it as described in the first variation below.
Sour cream gives this blueberry mousse a wonderful, subtle tanginess.
Whipping mascarpone cheese with cream and sugar turns the dense, decadent spread into a pillowy dessert topper. Spoon it over the Rhubarb and Candied Ginger Crostata for your next Easter gathering.
Chocolate Chunk Cookie for Just One
When you need a quick dessert, or just a bit of something sweet, and it's just you, this is the recipe to reach for. It takes 5 minutes to put together, bakes in a toaster oven, and requires no mixer—just a fork.