We’ve rounded up seven delicious dishes that make perfect crowd-pleasers. Importantly, they all require minimal preparation time. After all, it’s all about minimum effort and maximum gratification, right?
Olive magazine’s quick and easy chocolate mousse
With interesting ingredients including espresso and custard, these delicious affogato chocolate mousses, below, are ready to pop into the fridge after just 15 minutes of prepping in the kitchen. Win!
Olive magazine's affogato chocolate mousse. Find the recipe
BBC Good Food’s easy cornflake tart
This nostalgia-lover’s favourite is a massive hit in the Ennis-Hill household ––-– Jess and her kids often bake this tasty recipe together. As a bonus, this is super-easy to make and takes just 20 minutes of prep. Serve with custard and prepare to be transported back to simpler times one mouthful at a time.
BBC Good Food's cornflake tart. Find the recipe
Mini churros with berry compote by Jamie Oliver
Last year, Jess joined Jamie Oliver on his show, Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, and cooked up pan-seared cod wrapped in Iberico ham and katsu curry. We think Jamie’s egg-free churros would make the perfect afters – and kids will love them, too. These take just 15 minutes to prep, so are really easy to whizz together. Serve with the yummy fruity compote.
Jamie Oliver's egg-free mini churros with berry compote. Find the recipe
Sticky toffee pudding from Channel 4’s Great British Bake-Off
If you’re looking to please a crowd, you can’t go wrong with a delicious sticky toffee pudding. This one, which takes just 20 minutes of hands-on time before it needs to go in the oven, has a special quirk – you soak the dates in hot tea for extra flavour.
The Great British Bake-Off's sticky toffee pudding. Find the recipe
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Best ever chocolate brownies from BBC Good Food
Another top bake in Jess’ family, this three-chocolate brownie is her husband’s absolute fave chocolate pud. If you love a squishy brownie, packed with white, dark and milk choc, this could be your go-to bake, too. And amazingly, it takes just 25 minutes of hands-on time.
BBC Good Food's best ever chocolate brownies. Find the recipe
Nigella Lawson’s chocolate and raspberry pavlova
Yum, not many people can turn down a pavlova. This version has a dark chocolate meringue, and is complemented perfectly by a sprinkling of fresh raspberries on top. You’ll only need 20 minutes of prep time, too.
Nigella Lawson's chocolate raspberry pavlova. Find the recipe
Paul A. Young’s salted caramel brownie pudding
Love the flavours of salted caramel and chocolate? Get both flavours in one pud by pairing the two. Taking just 30 minutes of prep time, this awesome dessert recipe by chocolatier Paul A Young for Delicious magazine will disappear in seconds. Serve with double cream or crème fraiche.