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10 Ten-Minute Dessert Recipes

Published in Gourmet Live 06.20.12
Gourmet Live’s Kendra Vizcaino shares ideas for luscious sweets that come together in a snap
quick and easy dessert recipes

During the hot, supposed-to-be-lazy days of summer, the thought of laboring over elaborate cakes and pies isn’t all that appealing. Maximize your time playing outside and finish your meal with one of the quick and simple—yet guest-worthy—desserts below. Feel free to tweak the recipes to make them your own and tailor them to what you have in your pantry. For example, all of the recipes that call for chocolate can be made with whatever high-quality chocolate you have on hand, be it milk, semisweet, or bittersweet.

1. Raspberry Ice Box Cake

This cool classic is nearly effortless to assemble and can be made up to two days in advance—or at the very last minute. You’ll need a 9-ounce box of chocolate wafer cookies (such as Famous Chocolate Wafers), about 3 cups of sweetened whipped cream (1 1/2 cups heavy cream whipped with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract), and 2 pints of raspberries. Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13" glass baking dish with a single layer of wafer cookies, top with a layer of whipped cream, then a layer of raspberries. Repeat the layers until the dish is full. Let your guests dig in right away, or loosely cover the dessert with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. (The texture will be softer but the cake will be no less delicious—and some might say even more so!)

2. Sweet and Sticky Tortilla Sandwiches

This two-ingredient dessert is simple but crowd-pleasing. Heat a flour tortilla or prepared crêpe in a sauté pan over medium heat until warm. Remove from the pan and spread with dulce de leche, caramel, melted chocolate, or a chocolate-nut spread such as Nutella. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, such as Maldon, if you’d like (this is especially nice with bittersweet chocolate), then top with a second warmed tortilla or crêpe and cut into four pieces. The warm, soft tortillas and sweet, gooey fillings will have everyone reaching for seconds.

3. Maple-Grilled Pineapple

Grilling brings out pineapple’s natural sweetness and adds a light smoky flavor to the tropical treat. Slice one pineapple into 10 to 12 slices, about a half inch thick each. Mix 1/2 cup maple syrup with 3 tablespoons water and brush over slices of fresh pineapple (you will have enough glaze for one whole pineapple). Lightly oil the grill grates and cook the pineapple slices over medium-high heat until lightly charred and fully heated through, turning once (about two minutes per side). Serve over your favorite ice cream or sorbet—we recommend coconut, passion fruit, mango, or another tropical flavor. This recipe is great for an evening outside by the grill, though it works just as well indoors on a stovetop grill pan. Stone fruits like peaches and plums are also excellent on the grill and can be prepared the same way.

4. Chocolate Fondue

Need a sophisticated, restaurant-style dessert that can be ready in only a few minutes? Solved! Finely chop about 6 to 7 ounces chocolate and transfer to a medium bowl. Heat 1 cup of heavy cream in a saucepan until bubbles just begin to form around the edges of the pan. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until fully combined and smooth. Serve with your favorite berries and other fruits for dipping in the rich ganache. (You can rewarm the mixture in the microwave in 30-second increments if it begins to cool.)

5. Fried Chocolate Dumplings

Ready in a flash and gone even quicker, these crispy, chocolaty pockets will blow your guests away. Lay wonton wrappers (thawed, if frozen) on a lightly floured surface, and place 1 to 2 teaspoons of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate in the center of each, repeating this step until you have as many dumplings as you’d like (we suggest budgeting for about four per person). Make an egg wash by beating one egg with 2 tablespoons of water. Using a small pastry brush, spread a thin layer of the egg wash around the edges of the wonton wrapper. Fold the wonton over so all the egg-washed sides meet, and press firmly. Then press the edges with the tines of a fork to ensure a tight seal. Gently place them into a pot two thirds full of 365° vegetable oil and fry until the dumplings are golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a wire rack over paper towels. Dust the dumplings with confectioners’ sugar and serve while they’re still warm and melty inside.

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