Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Delicious Desserts Easy On The Pocket

We all can go to the freezer section of the supermarket and buy up large all the frozen goodies to offer a dessert for our families, but it is just not affordable.

There are so many ways to give sweet treats to your loved ones, without having to spend much at all.

When times were tough in our household, I always offered a pudding, that way it stretched or meat and also gave the family an after thought, if they were still hungry it was there, otherwise they could microwave it later on, and teenages are always hungry.

So here are a few quick desserts that kept my lot feed over our penny pinching times, and I still make them today.

Rhubarb Sponge

Wash & cut the rhubarb and place in a pot and well cover it with water,  bring it to the boil then turn the heat right down, add 1 packet of raspberry or blackberry jelly and stir until it has all dissolved.
Then from any cookbook make a sponge recipe and place on top, then cook. 
This is lovely and not to sweet, and of course once refrigerated the rhubarb sets a little.

This can also be made with a crumble topping, it is lovely whichever way it is made.

Sweet Pastry Tune ups

You can either buy a block of sweet pastry($2), or you can make it, then be creative you can either just roll it out and cut into shapes then cook and ice, or you can cut into strips sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and then twist each strip like a streamer and place on a oven tray and cook, or you can roll it and line a pudd dish and add any kind of stewed fruit eg: apple peel and core 6 apples cut in half then slice so you get nice half rounds layer them around your pastry mould and sprinkle with sugar & cinnamon place a pastry top over it or if only little bits of pastry left just dab it on or you can put strips on and plait it it up to you.
Cook for 45 mins at 180 and yum, you can fill with anything even jam

Or another option is

To make circles out of it and put into greased muffin tins, spike with a fork really well and cook then cool and then fill with things like lemon honey, or fill with fresh fruit and sprinkle icing sugar over the top or make neenish tarts most recipe book have the lemon filling.

See with a $2 pastry you can be quite creative....

Pineapple Pudding

Melt 50 grams of butter or marg, 4 T sugar, 1 tin of crushed pineapple,6 T flour, Slowly heat in a pot these ingredients until nearly thickened then beat in 2 egg yolks.
Pour into a oven proof dish and then using the 2 egg whites beat then with 1 cup of sugar until stiff peaks and pour over the pineapple mix then cook for 1/2 hour on 160 C delish

Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding

1 & 1/2 cups of flour, 1 & 1/2 t baking powder, 3/4 t salt,1 & 1/2 t cocoa, 1 cup sugar, 3 T melted butter or marg, 3/4 cup of milk, vanilla ess
Make these ingred into a cake mix, wet then dry ingred, place in a greased oven dish then cover with this mixture as a topping 
1 T cocoa, 1 Cup of sugar, 1 T coffee sprinkle these over top of mixture then add 1 & 3/4 cups of hot water then cook for 60 minutes on 180 degree celsius
Make sure you use a good size oven dish cause if this overflows it makes a mess or failing that put the pudd container in a roasting dish to catch any overflows.


1 250g tub of original cream cheese (do not use the spreadable one), 1 tin of condensed milk, 1 tin of crushed pineapple drained (keep juice for later, dissolve 2 teaspoons of gelatine in 2T of the heated pineapple juice, mix all these items together and then add 1 bottle of whipped cream (small bottle) and pour mixture into a base made of 1 packet of crushed super wine budget biscuits and 150 g melted butter pressed into a round tin that the bottom can be in the fridge for 2 hours and pour passionfruit pulp over top and set again for 30 minutes before serving, you can change the pineapple flavour to passion fruit  berry, moro bar chunks, cookies and cream, virtually anything but if you do the berry one make a berry coulis to pour on the top by heating the berry juice (only if you used a tin of course)and then add 1 t of gelatin mix well and pour over top of cake when cooled of course.
This always goes down well with a crowd.
I also make this recipe in the big rectangle tupperware containers (40 cm long- 20 cm) to take away to dinner of birthdays as a treat its delicious.

Hot Bananas And Custard

Make a rich batch of edmonds sweet custard give it a good whisk so no lumps are there and pour it over 2 sliced bananas lovely on a cold winters night.

Chocolate bananas

Take a nice banana dip it into this hot mixture
1 cup of chocolate melts which have slowly been microwaved and then add 2 t of oil give a good stir until all melted and dip your banana in then roll in nuts


25g sugar, 1 egg, 25 g butter 125 g flour, 1 & 1/2 t bk powder, 1/4 t salt milk to mix.
Have a sauce pan of hot oil ready , make your mix and give a good stir then add spoonfuls to the hot oil cook until they float on surface and then dip in cinnamon & sugar mixed together.

Homemade Jelly Tip Ice Creams

Make up 1 raspberry jelly and set in an empty ice cream container, then when set make up the ice cream by mixing 1 bottle of whipped cream with 1 tin of condensed milk and add 1/2 cup of choc chips or chopped choc melts mix together and pour over top of the set jelly when that is set drizzle some hot choc over the top (made the same as the banana choc mix) divine good enough for any dinner party and then kids will love it, a special treat in the summer is to make these up in tupperware ice block moulds or the cheap $2 ones from the $2 shop. 
A great after school treat, they are divine

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