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Quick and Easy Desserts that can be made with stuff you already have in your Kitchen

Updated on August 24, 2014

We've all been there. A friend drops by, your mother stops over or an unexpected neighbor come over and you have nothing to offer them. Or you've planned a wonderful dinner and dessert but you forgot to get the most important ingredient for the dessert and your teenager has the car or it's blizzarding outside so you can't get to the store. What is a host to do? Well, here are some wonderful and elegant desserts that you can make in no time flat with the stuff you already have in your kitchen!


4 Eggs

1 1/3 c. of Milk

2 TBSP of melted Butter

1 C of Flour

2 TBSP of Sugar

½ TSP of Salt

1 TSP of Vanilla

Mix everything together, then pour onto a hot skillet or crepe pan.

Stuff them with stuff you already have in the kitchen. Things like cream cheese, whipped cream, cherry preserves, honey, bananas, peanut butter or chocolate...just use your imagination or just fold and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Either way they will be delicious, quick and easy and your guests will love them.

Egg Custard:

3 Cups of Milk (use whatever you have low-fat, half and half or regular milk)

2 Eggs

2 Egg Whites (you can substitute 3 or 4 eggs total, if you don't want to split the eggs into whites)

¼ C Sugar

¼ C Brown Sugar (or if you don't have brown sugar use ½ cup of white sugar and a little maple syrup)

2 TSP of Vanilla Extract

½ TSP of Almond Extract

¼ TSP ground Nutmeg

Heat milk over medium-high heat in a heavy saucepan to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge. (Do not boil). Remove from heat; set aside.

Combine eggs and egg whites in a large bowl; beat well with a wire whisk. Add sugars; beat well with a wire whisk. Gradually add milk to egg mixture beating constantly. Stir in extracts.

Spoon 1/2 cup egg mixture into each of 8 (6-ounce) custard cups; sprinkle with nutmeg. Place 4 custard cups in each of 2 (9-inch) round cake-pans; add hot water to each pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes or until set. Remove custard cups from pans; cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap; chill. If you have whipped cream you can add a little of that when you serve them.


You have to have at least one chocolate option and who doesn't like brownies!

½ C of either Vegetable Oil or Butter

1 C of Sugar

!/3 C of Cocoa

!/4 TSP of Baking Powder

1 TSP of Vanilla

2 Eggs

¼ TSP of Salt

½ C of Flour

½ C of Walnuts

Cream butter, sugar and eggs, add everything else except walnuts...then add walnuts, bake for 25 minutes (no more no less) at 350 degrees. That's it and they are delicious! If you have some chocolate chips you can add about 1/4 cup to the mixture or you can dust a bit of powdered sugar on top after they have cooled down.

There you have it 3 go to recipes you can use in a pinch with stuff you already have in your kitchen. And if you don't have the ingredients you should get them the next time you make a trip to the store so you will always have something in the pantry that is ready to go when unexpected guests arrive!

Bon Appetit!


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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Megan, I'm glad to be of help!

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      Megan 4 years ago

      This website is the best! helped me a lot thanks

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Well you could use chocolate chips or even chocolate candy bars but if you don't have that I would choose a different recipe.

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      Heidi 5 years ago

      What could I use if I don't have the Cocoa for the brownies?

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      LOL, wow umm I think you'd better try something else before you get sick of it! :)

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      courtyjak11 6 years ago

      the egg custard was amazing i eat every night for like 2 weeks lol thank you very much (it was easy for a 14 year old)

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      Sounds good Rock Doctor...I'll have to try that, I wonder how it would be if you blended the cottage cheese first.

      Thanks for commenting

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      Rock Doctor 6 years ago

      The crepe filling I like best is cottage cheese, raisins, grated lemon rind, vanilla, sugar, and mixed together. Proportions, to your taste, in decreasing order.

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "whaturmissing" and "Loves To Read".

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      Loves To Read 6 years ago

      Wonderful recipes Brie, they look so delicious. We don't often have dessert but these are very tempting.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Love and Hugs

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      whaturmissing 6 years ago from Canada

      Never thought of making Egg Custard before but you make it look quite simple and delicious. I'll have to give it a try.

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      They are sooooo super easy and all the ingredients are things that you can keep in your cupboards forever..and they really are delicious! Try one you'll see. Oh I should say don't over cook the brownies...they will seem like they aren't done but they are.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      These do look like quick and easy desserts to make, I think even I could do this, and they look so delicious!

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      :), This way you can have them anytime!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Brie: Thank you! You got me with the brownies. I am a shameless "Chocoholic".

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Breakfastpop.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Wonderful recipes. Thanks so much.

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      Yes, do so. I make all three and they are very good, especially for being so easy!

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      Aaron Rushing 6 years ago from USA- Florida

      Looks wonderful Brie have to give it a try.