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Ideas for Quick and Easy Desserts

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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: Simple desserts for when you're in need of a no-fuss sweet treat.

Quick and Easy Dessert Ideas, from Food52

Sometimes complicated desserts are fun. We like to make our own marshmallows, create our own candy bars, and delight in iconic desserts that require multiple recipes to construct. Sometimes though, complicated desserts aren't an option. When you’re working all day and have little time for elaborate prep, simple desserts are in order. This week, arcane54 was in need of a quick and easy dessert for a company picnic, and our community chimed in with great suggestions:

  • Maedl and ELCookie recommended a fruit cobbler or crumble. (We're also partial to a five-ingredient schlumpf.)
  • HalfPint kept it even simpler with a fruit tray and simple sour cream dip -- 1 part sugar to 3 parts sour cream with a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Sticking with a classic: strawberry shortcake, from Jenna S.
  • Kate suggested pairing squares of dark chocolate with fruit and whipped cream.

What are your favorite quick and easy desserts? Add your two cents to the question on the Hotline here or continue the conversation in the comments below!

(In case you’re wondering, arcane54 served up a hit at the company picnic with a puff pastry topped with crushed amaretti cookies, peaches, butter, and sanding sugar.)

Photo by Eric Moran 

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