Posted by: braddenvillage | May 7, 2011

Desserts for the short of time!

Desserts for those short of time!

Now as you all probably know, I am a working Mum with 3 kids, 10 chickens, 3 fish tanks and a long suffering husband, so any short cuts I can find to put delicious, fresh meals on the table are gratefully received.

So here are some of my favourite, “Quickie Puds”.

Summer Fruit Flan

Serves: 8 or 6 piggy people!  Prepare :10 minutes plus chilling


500g mascarpone

3 tbsp good lemon curd – I like to use Duchy Originals as it’s soooo lemony!

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp icing sugar

1 Ready made sweet pastry case

350g of seasonal fruit – I tend to use a mix of strawberries (hulled and split), raspberries and blue berries

3 tbsp caster sugar

Zest from 1/2 a lemon


1. Mix the mascarpone, lemon curd, vanilla extract and icing sugar until combined. Pile into the pastry case and top with the berries. Chill for 1 hour.

2. Make a lemon syrup – Place caster sugar and 2 tbsp water in a small saucepan over a low heat. Allow the sugar to dissolve, then increase the heat and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add the lemon zest and leave to cool.

3. Drizzle the lemon syrup over the tart, and serve.


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