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How to Make a Remarkable Dessert (without Cooking Or Baking a Thing).

By Crushland @crushland

Sometimes you want to make something delicious, but you either a) don’t have time b) don’t feel like cleaning up c) can’t bake or cook to save your life. In other words, you are probably too lazy. But here is a no-excuse needed dessert for any occasion or day of the week. See the basic illustration of how this works, in lieu of a proper recipe, as the very word Recipe is enough to drain the life out of you no matter how bad that dessert craving is.

Base. Filling. Topping. Texture. Acidity. Crunch. Chocolate.

This is a mixture of desserts that are firm favourites at our family gatherings, with a lot more toppings.

These are my favorite ingredients, my uncle adds malted chocolate balls on the muffins before adding his chocolate mousse. My aunt’s pud is vanilla swiss roll, custard, canned fruit, cream and a good layer of toasted almonds.

Some more ideas:

  • Caramel muffins, custard, cream, crushed honeycomb candy, strawberries, hazelnuts and white chocolate.
  • Chocolate brownies and glazed ginger, dark chocolate mousse, mascapone, candied orange peel and dark chocolate ganache

Let’s begin.

You’ll need an eager, trustworthy person (who won’t eat everything and lick his fingers), who has enough patience to ‘Stop! Do it again, hold it! Yes!’
Start by crumbling the muffins into chunks.
   I like this Fresh Custard from Pnp, it’s so creamy and thick. 
Smooth out and then add the cream.
We could stop here and call it the Chocolate Cream pie, but that wouldn’t be very remarkable now would it?
Crushing the meringues with your fingers is a very pleasing sensation. I had to take over for this part. 
Next, add the berries.
Where to place the first berry? Always a tough decision wen you’re 4 years old.
It’s important for the almonds (or whichever nuts you decide to use) to be toasted. Either in a dry pan on low heat as they burn very quickly due to their oil content, or toasted in the oven. Wait until they are cooled before adding to your dessert. 
Chocolate. Must. Be. Shaved. Do not grate it finely and do not use Flake. You need great big curled chunks. Some graters have a slice section, or try a potato peeler/cheese slicer.
There you go. A luscious dessert, without having to wash up much and no baking at all.

If you have a combo suggestion that may be worth a try, leave it in the comments section


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