4 Easy, Delicious Dessert Recipes To Try While Social Distancing

There's never been a better time to get into making treats!

We’ve all got loads of time at home right now. It’s really really important that we stay at home to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and protect vulnerable people. Just by staying at home, you’re saving lifes and doing something good – which isn’t really asking for much.

So while we’re obviously no longer meeting up with friends or hanging out in groups, it certainly doesn’t mean you have to be bored. We have a list of fun things to do at home here.

Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of baking? Even if you’re not great at measuring and oven temps, we promise these 4 desserts and easy, peasy and totally delicious:

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Caramel Squares: 

If you’re really creative you can make the base and caramel yourself but this cheeky shortcut means you can enjoy the goodies even sooner!

You will need: 

  • 200g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 100g of unsalted butter, melted
  • 400ml of tinned sweetened condensed milk/Caramel
  • 250g of chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of oil

Method:

  1. Lightly grease a tin or dish and line the base with parchment paper (if you have it!)
  2. Crush your digestive biscuits in a bowl (or with a rolling pin or tin can) until it’s crumbled.
  3. Melt butter in the microwave and pour into the bowl of crushed biscuits, press into your lined baking tin and smooth surface.
  4. You can pick up a tin of Caramel which is ready to use, or if you’ve got condensed milk instead, follow this recipe: Place 75g butter and sugar into a heavy based, non-stick saucepan over a low heat, stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk and bring to a rapid boil for about a minute, stirring all the time for a thick golden caramel. Chill for 30 mins or until firm.
  5. Melt chocolate of your choice (we recommend Galaxy or Cadbury…or both!) in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water), Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted. Add the oil and stir until silky smooth. Spread over the firm caramel and chill until firm. YUM!

Banoffee Pie

If you’ve mastered Caramel squares, you’ve got this, as many of the steps are the same!

You Will Need:

  • 250g digestive biscuits
  • 100g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 400g Caramel
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 300ml cream, whipped until soft peaks form
  • 2 tbsp grated chocolate

Method:

  1. Lightly Grease a tin or dish and line the base with parchment paper (if you have it!)
  2. Crush your digestive biscuits in a bowl (or with a rolling pin or tin can) until it’s crumbled.
  3. Melt butter in the microwave and pour into the bowl of crushed biscuits, press into your lined baking tin and smooth surface.
  4. You can pick up a tin of Caramel which is ready to use, or if you’ve got condensed milk instead, follow this recipe: Place 75g butter and sugar into a heavy based, non-stick saucepan over a low heat, stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk and bring to a rapid boil for about a minute, stirring all the time for a thick golden caramel. Chill for 30 mins or until firm.
  5. Spread the sliced bananas over on top of the caramel, and then cover in whipped cream.  Grate and lightly sprinkle your fave chocolate over the top.

Pancakes

Who says pancakes are just for one Tuesday a year? Add your fave topping like fruit, honey, yogurt, chocolate or absolutely anything else.

Recipe:

  • 100g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 300 ml milk
  • 1 tablsp. melted butter or sunflower oil

The Method:

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.
  2. Crack the egg into the well; add the melted butter or oil and half the milk. Gradually draw the flour into the liquid by stirring all the time with a wooden spoon until all the flour has been incorporated and then beat well to make a smooth batter.
  3. Stir in the remaining milk. Alternatively, beat all the ingredients together for 1 minute in a blender or food processor.
  4. This is where you need patience: Leave to stand for about 30 minutes, then stir again before using.

To Cook:

  1. Heat a small heavy-based frying until very hot and then turn the heat down to medium.
  2. Lightly grease with oil and then ladle in enough batter to coat the base of the pan thinly (about 2 tablsp.), tilting the pan so the mixture spreads evenly.
  3. Cook over a moderate heat for 1-2 minutes or until the batter looks dry on the top and begins to brown at the edges. Flip the pancake over with a palette knife or fish slice and cook the second side.
  4. Turn onto a plate, smear with a little butter, sprinkle of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice and serve.

Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good cookie? Based on this Good Food recipe, use your fave choc or treat like smarties to make these extra special.

You will need: 

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or other spices (optional)
  • 75g white or milk chocolate chips (or your fave choc!)

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cream the butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or in a food mixer until it is soft. Add the sugar and keep beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and add the optional ingredients, if you’re using them. Bring the mixture together with your hands in a figure-of-eight motion until it forms a dough. You can freeze the dough at this point.
  2. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place them slightly apart from each other on a baking sheet (you don’t need to butter or line it). Flatten the balls a little with the palm of your hand and bake them in the oven for around 10-12 mins until they are golden brown and slightly firm on top. Leave the cookies on a cooling rack for around 15 mins before serving.

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