People that know me know that I don’t cook per se, but I do love entertaining, so I am the queen of finding baking short cuts.
Thank god places like Woolworths totally ‘get’ people like me and have a million products suitable for whipping quick ideas together last minute. They make it so easy!
So fear not fellow non-bakers, I’m going to share 3 ideas with you today which will have your guests thinking you are the next Martha Stewart and I think you’ll be pretty surprised how easy they are!
CUSTARD FRUIT TARTS
You’re going to die at how easy this is, and they look just like you’ve bought them from a little boutique cakery…
- Tartlet cases
- Thick custard
- Chopped fruit
- Mint leaves
Spoon your thick custard into the shells. I just picked up some pre-made thick custard in a carton from the dairy section, but you could make your own too if you like – just let it cool first.
Top with chopped fruit and a teeny sprig of mint.
Done in under 5 minutes, next!
CARAMEL CHOCOLATE TARTS
These tarts are totally moreish and look really impressive on the plate. Make sure you make lots of them as they will go fast!
- Tartlet cases
- Caramel fill
- Chocolate mousse
- Whipped cream in a can
- Chocolate bar
Pour your caramel fill from the tin into a small bowl and whisk until it’s nice and smooth. Spoon a small amount into the bottom of each tart shell.
Spoon some chocolate mousse on top and smooth over with the back of your spoon. I recommend putting in more than you think is necessary, so that it sits nice and rounded on top.
Add a little whipped cream on top then grab your vegetable peeler and simply peel down the side of your chocolate bar to create adorable little curls on top of your cream. I recommend leaving the cream step until just before serving so it stays upright for longer.
- Lindt Balls
- Mini Meringues
- Bamboo skewers
- Icing sugar
- Chocolate dipping sauce
Did you know that Lindt balls actually have a hole already through the centre? It’s like they WANT you to skewer them!
This one is rather self explanatory. Use the pointy end of your skewer and start with a strawberry, gently pop on your mini meringue, feed through the Lindt balls then another meringue and strawberry.
Dust with a little icing sugar and serve with some chocolate dipping sauce on the side.
This idea can really be done with any ingredients. Mix it up with marshmallows, banana, chopped pieces of sponge cake – get crazy with it!
Now there’s no excuse to just buy a store-bought cake for your next dinner party!