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Jul 19, 2006 11:55 AM

Best Low-Effort Desserts? +Lemon Slice recipe

Hi, I recently learned how to make lemon slice - it's a refrigerated dessert. The most work really involves melting butter. The other amazing thing - it didn't require any weird better-living-through-chemistry type ingredients (and by that I mean Cool Whip). It was really easy to do and can be more or less made with two bowls and a pan. There's no baking, and it's super tasty. It took about 20 minutes to assemble, and then chilled in the refrigerator for a few hours. Cleanup was a breeze.

Do people have other dessert recipes that require no baking and little effort that are nonetheless tasty (and not full of weird ingredients). Lemon Slice recipe follows

Lemon Slice

1/2 cup condensed milk
125g. butter
250g crushed marie biscuits
1 cup dessicated coconut
Zest of 2 lemons

Heat condensed milk and butter until butter melts.
Mix together crushed biscuits, coconut and lemon zest.
Mix together wet and dry ingredients.
Press into a square baking sheet.

1 3/4 cup icing sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice
15g butter, softened
Zest of one lemon

Mix together all ingredients.
Spread on the cookie mixture.

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  1. Here's an old favorite of mine (haven't done it yet this summer but now my mouth is watering). Peel and slice very good ripe peaches in bowls. Top with spoonful of sour cream; grate over the top some dark chocolate and sprinkle with cinnamon.

    1. Mingerspice, where are you located? I've only seen Marie biscuits in South Africa. I'm sure most chowhounders don't know what these are.

      7 Replies
      1. re: cheryl_h

        We have Marie cookies here in Canada; at least in Montreal; I've seen them everywhere. My parents buy them.
        More low-effort desserts please! good idea.

        1. re: cheryl_h

          Marie coookies are in the front of every bodega here in NYC.

          1. re: Ida Red

            I'm amazed this is sold here, I assumed they were uniquely South African. I grew up eating these, the plainest of the plain because I don't like sweet fillings. But they were regarded as low-class because of their plainness. They were also about the least expensive of store-bought biscuits. I recall that if they were served with tea, they were usually buttered.

            1. re: cheryl_h

              I think we have the same thing here - Marie Lu, in the cylindrical packages?

              1. re: Snackish

                I think they were just called Marie biscuits, not Marie Lu. They came in cylindrical packages and were thinnish disks, about 3" across and 1/4" thick. No frosting or frills of any kind. On top Marie was inscribed and there were regular little holes pricked into the surface. Perhaps they were originally British and went throughout the Commonwealth?

          2. re: cheryl_h

            I'm in Australia at the moment. We had Marie biscuits in Malaysia and Singapore when I was growing up too. They are manufactured by Arnotts, which is an Australian company. According to their website, they launched the biscuit in 1922. Arnotts was founded in New South Wales, Australia. I've managed to find Marie biscuits in San Francisco at some Asian grocery stores.

            1. re: cheryl_h

              These are ubiquitous in all Calif groceries. Safeway and Vons! Many brands available in the Latin groceries.

            2. A low-effort dessert I like (but one that is make-ahead, not eat right away) is a no-bake chocolate pot-de-creme using chocolate chips.

              I don't have my usual recipe with me, here's one I googled that's pretty close:


              1 cup chocolate chips
              1 1/2 cups scalded half and half
              2 egg yolks
              3 T brandy, Grand Marnier, or Jack Daniels

              You mix it all in a blender or food processor, pour into small cups and chill several hours or overnight, or if you want it faster you can chill in the freezer for about 1 hour.

              I don't use alcohol in my recipe, and sometimes use instant espresso. Garnish with whipped cream, berries, mint sprig etc.

              1. I'm almost too embarrassed to post this, but you did say low effort.

                Put 2 or 3 egg whites in the stand mixer. Whip 'til foamy, then start adding sugar until it's pretty sweet, beat til glossy and holds firm peaks. Fold in apple sauce. (homemade apple sauce is divine, but that eliminates to low-effort part). Eat.

                If you are worried about raw eggs, of course, don't make this. Also , I wouldn't serve it to guests. But my Mom made it for me and I make it for my husband. I like it alot.

                3 Replies
                1. re: danna

                  Your guests will never be able to figure out the secret ingredient in this easy dessert. Good quality vanilla ice cream, aged balsamic vinegar (there's a thickness to it), sprinkle with chopped pistachoios. Yum!

                  1. re: danna

                    I've always intended to try this, but never have. It's in all the old cookbooks, usually under the name "apple snow."

                    1. re: danna

                      Ooh, this sounds really intriguing. I can't wait to try it.

                    2. Slice orange rounds and lay out prettily on plates.

                      Heat about a cup of raspberries (I use frozen) with some lemon juice and sugar (I think about 2 tbsp lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar) and a couple dashes of cinnamon until the raspberries are warm and sugar is dissolved and reduced a bit. Pour over the oranges.