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Quick and Decadent Dessert Please

I need a quick and exceptionally yummy dessert recipe that I can make without any exotic ingredients for tonight.

Any thoughts?

Nothing that involves canned fruit (which I wouldn't consider decadent anyway)

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  1. These chocolate cups are easy, fast, rich, and delicious. Why my family calls them chamber pots is a family joke referencing grandma's unverifiable and undoubtedly untrue story about an ancestor who visited the Waldorf Astoria in NYC in the 1880s with a servant to carry his chamber pot.


    1-1/3 cups milk
    2 cups semisweet-chocolate chips
    2 large eggs
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/8 teaspoon salt

    Over medium heat, heat milk until it boils. In blender, blend remaining ingredients while pouring hot milk into blender in thin, steady stream. Blend for 1 minute, until smooth. Pour into eight small cups or bowls. Cool to room temperature. Cover. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve cold, topped with sweetened whipped cream. Makes eight half-cup servings.

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    1. re: browniebaker

      Mmmm sounds delish, but don't have enough time for this tonight,(it's 5pm here in England) but I will save it for another day.


      1. re: browniebaker

        That is the exact recipe that came to mind for me -- though we called it fake chocolate mousse (in fact, I got into trouble with a French teacher once because it wasn't authentic enough for a class project). Love your family name and it might eliminate some confusion...

        1. re: browniebaker

          The Betty Crocker cookbook has almost the exact same recipe. Rather than using milk, though, it uses cream, yolks rather than eggs, and a semi sweet chocolate bar rather than chips. It's called Pot de creme au chocolat. If you serve it with enough whipped cream, it's pretty good, but it's a little too dark chocolate tasting for me.

        2. Trifle or chocolate caramel brownies.

          1. This flourless chocolate cake is ridiculously good and ridiculously easy. You don't even need to get out your beaters and its in the oven with about 10-15 mintues of prep work. You can skip the caramel sauce if you like and just serve with whipped cream or ice cream.


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            1. re: China

              fyi - i just tried the lemon pudding recipe on the same page, and it was delicious! :)

            2. I've never used this trick, but for adding a special touch to many desserts many people swear by melting a premium ice-cream and using like a creme anglaise. would probably go well with the flourless chocolate cake above.

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              1. re: amkirkland

                hmm...interesting. Might have to try that out sometime.

                1. re: amkirkland

                  try this: stir French Vanilla ice cream until it is the consistency of cake batter, stir in a glug of bourbon (or a shot)...voila! instant creme anglaise for cake!

                  1. re: amkirkland

                    vanilla ice c ream base is the exact same as creme anglaise and it has saved my tail more than once at work.
                    Chocolate mousse is about as simple as it gets, and many people say that its the best use of chocolate.

                    Flour-less chocolate cake or cocoa lava cupcakes are also very quick.
                    Alton Brown's, "the art of darkness" episode has 3 very quick and fantastic chocolate deserts.

                  2. Nigella Lawson's Gooey Chocolate Puddingsn are decadent, easy, require no exotic ingredients, and can be made in 15 minutes. The recipe is at the link.


                    I've used chocolate chips for the chocolate, and it's still good.

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                    1. re: Amuse Bouches

                      I was going to suggest this too, but I'm too late. If it's the one from her How to Eat book, it's the one she specifically says is good for when you come home from work. In fact, I think the recipe starts with "Before taking off your coat, melt the chocolate..."

                      It's really good and easy to make on the spur of the moment!

                      1. re: Kagey

                        That's the one. I've actually made it on the fly at a dinner party when another dessert didn't work.

                        1. re: Kagey

                          The Microwave Chocolate Pudding from How To Eat takes fifteen minutes, too. Whizz everything together in the processor, nuke it, and you've got steamed chocolate sponge with sauce. Awesome.

                          Err, you don't nuke the food processor. That would be messy and explosive.

                      2. the Nigella Molten Chocolate Babycakes are very easy and quick too, if you've already got the good chocolate on hand

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                        1. re: pitu

                          Wow - those do look good and easy. I am having a party this Saturday and might make these instead of brownies. What kind of chocolate have you used?

                        2. You can make chocolate or vanilla pudding and layer it with crushed oreos and whipcream.Tina at work brought it in once.Fairly easy,but i'll have to ask for the recipe since I'm not sure how many cookies you use or anything.

                          1. Much too late now (it's 01.40 in Blighty), but next time, consider poires Belle Hélène -- It's pears poached in wine, with vanilla ice cream, and then I dribble chocolate sauce (chocolate and a dab of oil melted with hot cream) and a kind of zabaglione (egg yolks, sugar, amaretto liqueur and vanilla whisked over a double boiler until thick enough to coat a spoon) over it.

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                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                              Oh that sounds scrumptious! I will definitely try that sometime!

                              And BTW I ended up making apple crumble/crisp in the end, but I always need good fast dessert recipes, so keep them coming!

                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                That's completely my fallback dessert. Zabaglione over fresh fruit with fancy cookie (bought, not made) on the side.
                                Elegant and simple.

                              2. the discussion been quite fruitful. Even though I feel the resultant preparartion could be bettered.

                                1. Warm dark chocolate pudding spooned over fresh pineapple is a little different, but very good.

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                                  1. re: blue room

                                    Ohhhh....that combination sounds fab!

                                  2. I should probably add a favorite, although it does require ingredients you may have on hand. Take two Toblerone Bars (or any chocolate bar, really), wrap in frozen puff pastry dough, and bake in the oven according to the directions for puff pastry. Slice on the diagonal and serve with ice cream.

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                                    1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                      Amuse Bouches, could you elaborate a little? Roughly how much chocolate to how much puff pastry works? Just enough to wrap once around? Thank you!

                                      1. re: blue room

                                        I've done it with two standard Toblerone bars and 1 sheet of Pepperidge Farm puff pastry, and it was very chocolaty.

                                    2. Does decadent have to mean chocolate?

                                      I have a nice, Moorish-inspired one.

                                      Throw some cinnamon sticks and a bunch of white sugar in a saucepan with a whole bottle of red wine, boil down until it's syrupy. Drizzle over orange rounds, pith removed. A dollop of creme fraiche is good too. Kind of extraordinary-tasting.

                                      1. Polenta cooked with Milk and sugar and topped with jam (my favorite is Blackcurrant) and cream. It's a lot of stirring, but it's perfect :)

                                        1. Top of the line vanilla ice cream with freshly-ground finely-ground high-quality coffee beans sprinkled on top -- simple and delicious.