Recipes with surprise attached to their name are legion — and often the surprise is lunch bag letdown. This one is truly worthy of its name.
Desserts and Sweets Recipes
A recipe for classic practical dessert squares — easy to make, not too expensive, easy to transport, yet still a crowd-pleaser.
Dead easy! Some people say to make this cake a day or two in advance before serving.
Beautiful and easy dessert squares.
These squares look beautiful, are chewy and crunchy, and are a real crowd pleaser.
Every apple pie recipe is great, and the best tasting apple pie is the one that you didn’t have to make but get to eat. But, here’s a recipe for a more professional apple pie; it’s the one that is taught in some pastry classes.
A good old-fashioned dessert, easy to take to group events. You only dirty a bowl and a saucepan in preparing it.
The Romans called this type of pie a crostata. The Romans did not have nice round pie tins like we do, so they had to turn up the edges of their dough to make a free form tart.
A rice, yummy rice pudding.
A very morish, inexpensive dessert to make.
A fabulous loaf that couldn’t be less fuss.
They’ll never know there’s beet in it.
The upside of this cake is that it’s a make-ahead cake. That’s also the downside — don’t plan on serving it a few hours from now.
A great way to serve leftover Christmas cake as a whole new dessert. You can make these the day before or in the morning.
A puddle of lemon sauce will form under the sponge cake part of the pudding during cooking.
A lovely warming, filling dessert, so save room for it.
A classic war-time rations cake. The dried raisins would have been replaced by whatever dried fruit could be had.
This is an authentic Italian recipe. It’s also a great recipe for late summer (August) when everyone is looking for ways to use up all the zucchini and basil that is suddenly available and dirt cheap.
You can make the crust or buy it frozen and ready to cook.
This is a really easy dessert! Use whatever jam you like, or use marmalade. Lovely served with cream or custard.
A very interesting and yummy way to present mincemeat. Nice served warm.
This recipe is for 1, but is easily multiplied.
If ever you were itching for a chance to use Spelt Flour, here you go. It’s more authentic in this recipe: it’s what the Romans would have used.
Especially useful for those times when you’re caught off guard by someone in the park having a birthday. Just whip this together, give your double-wide a once-through for a quick tidy, and you’re ready to rock!