Quick and Easy Dessert Recipes for Family or Entertaining

Looking for quick and easy dessert recipes? Our desserts found here are so easy to make that even a child could make these. Really simple desserts and recipes that look great and taste amazing!

Why be a slave to your kitchen when you can knock up desserts that taste and look just as good, get eaten in the same amount of time, and level of satisfaction are equally comparable?

The first simple dessert recipe on the list is our Poached Pear and Almond Tart. I have another firm favorite that is an upside down dessert using canned pears with a chocolate sponge, but later...First this recipe for you.

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EASY DESSERT RECIPES: Poached Pear and Almond Tart with a Toffee Glaze

1 sheet sweet short pastry

6 pears, peeled

a handful of dried beans for blind baking

1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup caster sugar

1 liter water

2 orange rinds


Grease a 20 cm tart tin. Line with a sheet of baking paper. Roll out the pastry and line the tin. Top with the dried beans. Bake at 200° C oven until cooked; 10 - 12 minutes.

Place cinnamon, sugar, water and orange rinds into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the pears and poach for 5 minutes or until soft.

Remove pears, drain completely and allow to cool. Once cooled, slice length ways into halves, remove core and seeds and place face down onto the pastry. Top with the roasted almonds.

For the Toffee Glaze

1 cup caster sugar

1 cup water

1 tablespoon white vinegar


Place all ingredients together in a saucepan and boil until the liquid thickens and darkens to the color of a golden syrup. As soon as this happens quickly spoon glaze over the pears until the whole tart is covered. Serve with double cream or ice cream.

EASY DESSERT RECIPES: Rhubarb and Butterscotch Tart Recipe


1 cup flour

50 g butter

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vinegar

iced water


2 large eggsA plate of rhubarb and butterscotch tart

4 tablespoons brown sugar

4 tablespoons golden syrup

4 tablespoons flour

6 tablespoons cream

2 - 3 cups rhubarb, chopped


Rub butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk and vinegar. Mix to form a dough using as much iced water as needed to bind the flour mixture together. Press into a 20 - 25 cm pie dish.

Beat filling ingredients. Place the cut rhubarb into the dish evenly and pour filling mixture over the fruit. Bake at 180°C for 20 - 25 minutes, or until firm.

EASY DESSERT RECIPES: Cherry Clafouti Recipe

2 x 410 g cans pitted black cherries, draineda slice of cherry clafouti

3/4 cup milk

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

1/3 cup icing sugar

1/3 cup plain flour

1 teaspoon mixed spice

Lightly grease 26 cm pie dish. Spread cherries over base. Beat milk, eggs, essence and sifted sugar into a small bowl. Combine with an electric beater until combined. Gradually beat in sifted flour and spice. Beat until smooth. Pour batter over cherries. Bake in moderate oven for about 50 minutes or until set and browned. Serve warm or cold.


Homemade apple pie with baking ingredients

1 quantity shortcut pastry

4 granny smith apples

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon raisins

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Cold milk and white sugar to finish.

Line a buttered 25 cm pie dish with half the pastry, leaving the other half for the top.

Peel the 4 apples, slicing thinly and discarding core. Layer the apple slices and then sprinkle over a little of the sugar and spices. Keep layering until the apples, sugar and spices have been used and the pie shell is full.

Dampen the edges of the pie shell, and put on the pastry lid, pressing the edges together well. Neaten and flute edges if desired.

Brush the pie with cold milk, sprinkle with sugar and cut 4 small slits in the lid.

Bake in a pre-heated oven set at 200°C for 25-30 minutes, until the crust is a pale golden color.

EASY DESSERT RECIPES: Baked Plums and Custard

Simple dessert recipes for fruit season time. Although this one is for plums you could also ring the changes and use fresh peaches instead.

Take 6-8 plums, stone and halve. Place in an oven proof dish and pour some pure apple juice over the plums. About 3/4 cup. Cover tightly with tin foil and bake in a moderate oven until plums are soft. Serve with lashings of custard.


6 medium pearspoached pears in syrup with star anise
1 3/4 cups castor sugar
5 tablespoons honey
1 vanilla pod
2 1/2 cups red wine
1 teaspoon whole cloves
3 inch cinnamon stick

Peel pears but leave them whole with the stalks on. Put the sugar, honey, vanilla pod, wine, cloves and cinnamon stick in a large pot. Add the pears and poach over a low heat until pears are soft. Approximately 30 minutes. When the pears are tender remove them from the pot and keep them warm. Remove the vanilla pod, cloves and cinnamon stick and boil the liquid until it is reduced by half. Serve spooned over pears with either clotted cream or yogurt for a healthier alternative.


Simple desserts like this are great, especially when you need to knock one up in a hurry.

For Crust:
2 cups sweet biscuit crumbs (arrowroot biscuits, Marie biscuits etc)
125 g butter, melted

Filling: lemon cheesecake with sliced lemons in the background
1 packet lemon jelly crystals
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 dsp grated lemon rind
1 x 375 g evaporated milk, well chilled
250 g cream cheese
1 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla
whipped cream

To make crust, combine crumbs and melted butter. Press on to a bottom and sides of bettered 23 inch spring-form baking tin. Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes. Cool and chill.

To make filling, dissolve jelly crystals in the boiling water, add lemon juice and rind. Cool slightly. Beat evaporated milk until thick. In another bowl beat cream cheese until smooth and blend in sugar, vanilla essence and beaten evaporated milk. Fold in warm jelly mixture. Pour into prepared crust and chill for several hours, or over night. Decorate with whipped cream rosettes and thinly sliced lemon cut into quarters.

EASY DESSERT RECIPES: Baked Apples5 baked apples in a baking dish

Easy desserts like these - even a child can make this one! 

Core out 4 apples, making sure you remove the core and pips.

Take a knife and lightly score a ring around the center of each apple. 3/4 fill the middle with pieces of cut up dates. Fill the rest of the space with brown sugar.

Take a thumbnail of butter and squeeze down over the hole. Place in the microwave on
high for about 8 minutes or so, until cooked. Serve with cream, ice cream or yogurt.


1 packet red jelly crystals
1 cup boiling water
1 cup milk
2 cups cooked rhubarb pieces
whipped cream

Dissolve jelly in water. Cool, then add milk. Stir well. Add rhubarb, fold in. Set in fridge. Decorate with whipped cream.

EASY DESSERT RECIPES: Pumpkin Piepouring the filling into the homemade pumpkin pie

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin, cooked and mashed
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs beaten

Line a flan dish with rolled out pastry. Mix all filling ingredients together and spoon on to pastry base. Bake about 200°C for 20 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 180C and bake for another 30 - 40 minutes until filling has set.

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