Friday, September 30, 2011

Need Some Quick, Easy Desserts?

I need to start gearing my blog more towards healthy foods, this stuff is killing me. But in the meantime, here are 2 dessert recipes that are great for when you're in a rush, don't want to buy a gazzilion ingredients and want to impress for less!

Pumpkin Cream Pie

You will need:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 packages vanilla pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups crush gingersnaps
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Food process the gingersnaps and mix with melted butter and brown sugar. Pour into pie dish and press out the mixture to evenly cover the sides and bottom. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Let cool.

Whip together pudding mixes, milk, pumpkin puree, whipped cream and spices for 2 minutes on low speed. Pour into cooled pie shell and let it sit for 3 hours in refrigerator.

And you have a super delicious pumpkin cream pie! Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. I didn't have enough whipped cream left over but I would have piped out a pretty border on the top if I did...oh well, tastes just the same:).

Next up is an Apple Tart that I've made a ton of times. I found it on The Pioneer Woman and I love making it. It looks really pretty, requires only a handful of ingredients and is so fast to make.

You will need:

  • 1 whole sheet Puff Pastry, cut into thirds or halves
  • 4 whole apples, cored, halved, sliced thinly but not peeled (this seems to be a lot of apples to me, I've cut down to 3 and had more then enough)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Pre-heat oven to 315 degrees. Thaw puff pastry on baking sheet for approximately 20 minutes, or until you can unfold it without breaking it. Meanwhile, core and slice your apples and mix in a bowl with salt and brown sugar. Let them sit for a few minutes. You may want to throw your pastry back in the freezer on the pan for a couples minutes if it's getting to soft.

 Slice the apples as thinly as you can. Watch out for your fingers!

Place the pastry on parchment paper and layer the apples down the center. I cut the recipe in half for this and only made one that was a little bigger then half of the pastry. Bake at 315 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Keep on eye on them towards the end, they tend to bake quickly once they get going.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

I hope these are helpful for anyone in a pinch, looking for an easy, tasty dessert to make:).

1 comment:

  1. Yay more things to do with apples! I love fall food.