You may argue that desserts aren’t necessarily frugal or good for you. I’ll argue that sometimes you need a little something to feed the soul as well as the body. I’ll be adding to my collection of family favorites over time.
Apple Cake with Rum Sauce: Similar to a Sticky Toffee Pudding, the top is a little browned and crunchy, the inside moist, dense. The soaks into the top as the rest pools around it on the plate.
Black & White Biscotti: Half chocolate, half vanilla…Biscotti are frugal by nature, but so delicious. They’re perfect for someone who wants just a bit of something sweet.
Rich & Chewy Brownies: Deep, dark chocolate, with or without additional chocolate chunks, these are a bit homely, but make up what they lack in looks by their intensely chocolate taste. Have a glass of milk on hand.
Bosc Pears with a Balsamic Reduction: Here’s a dessert one doesn’t have to feel too guilty about! Use the best Balsamic and you won’t be disappointed – but good even with a grocery store one.
Butterscotch Sauce: Here I’ve culled two of my favorites, one a bit easier, the other more traditional, both simply delicious. Very close to a Caramel Sauce and using most of the same ingredients.
Chocolate Pots de Creme: This little custard like puddings are extremely rich and a perfect ending to an elegant meal. Just don’t tell anyone how easy this blender recipe is. A perfect recipe for a non-cook!
Chocolate Pudding: This really is the best home-made version ever – If you’re not loving chocolate pudding, it’s likely you’re eating the premade or the mix, both of which pale in comparison to the real thing.
Cracked Black Pepper and Honeydew Sorbet: Simple and easy, this recipe makes a wonderful sorbet (although this is low in sugar so the texture will be more icy than creamy) and better popsicle.
Fregolata Tart with Jam and Almonds: Simply the best tart you’ll ever make, and the easiest. One bowl, press in dough, spread with jam and a nut of your choice. Truly simple ingredients transformed.
Fresh Strawberry Sorbet: I feel sorry for anyone who’s never tasted a concoction like this: the strawberry flavor is literally amazing…the color is deep and gorgeous, the sorbet almost creamy.
Inner Sanctum Flourless Chocolate Cake: Don’t let the looks of this cake deceive you – this is by far one of the most decadent (and easy) chocolate cakes you’ll ever make.
Intensely Chocolate Syrup: Beautifully dark, sweet without being overwhelming, this is a wonderful dessert sauce. It also makes a wonderful chocolate milk or hot chocolate. Make it in minutes.
Lemon Thyme Popsicles: Long a family favorite, this little recipe makes the creamiest, dreamiest popsicle with only four ingredients. The thyme is more suited for adults, so leave it out if you’re in doubt.
Pumpkin Bread: This is my Grandmother’s Pumpkin Bread, easy, simple and perfect, but sometimes we dress it up with a bit of sauce and a dab of whipped cream. Recipe makes two loaves, 1 to keep, 1 to give.
Shortcakes: These are simply lovely, almost a scone and close in taste to a “cream biscuit.” Do not confuse these with some Bisquick drop biscuit. These are absolutely divine.
Sour Cherry Compote: A little tart and not too sweet, this Sour Cherry Compote will make you rethink what Cherries are all about. Not only is this a fantastic dessert sauce, it is tart enough to go savory.
Spider Cake – A delicious corn bread with a creamy custard center, great as a savory bread on a special occasion, but its slight sweetness lends itself well to a brunch dish or even a casual dessert.
Three Berry Shortcakes: This is our tried and true dessert for Independence Day…not only are they the perfect over the top dessert for a summer party, they are a festive red, white and blue.