Get creative - desserts without perishables?
I have all the basic dry ingredients but no butter, eggs, and very little (1/3 cup) milk. I find myself in this situation fairly often when I am running out things. My sweet tooth doesn't get the memo. I have sweetened, condensed milk, maple syrup, and applesauce. I know sometimes those ingredients are used for vegetarian and vegan desserts. Looking through vegan and eggless recipes, I see most riddled with soy milk, egg substitute, tofu, etc.- things I don't normally have. I have tons of baking ingredients (chocolate, coconut, shortening, spices...) outside of substitutions.
What are your favorite desserts when you should have gone to the store yesterday? Or suggestions on how to get creative with what I have? Thanks!
If you have any nuts and/or dried fruit in the pantry, make bark with the chocolate. You can also melt it to dip pretzels or potato chips if you have any of those.
Shortening can replace butter in a lot of recipes.
If you have flax seeds, there's your egg substitute. If not, things like applesauce, canned pumpkin, mashed banana, or yogurt can replace eggs in some recipes like cakes, brownies & quick breads. Or try 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar + 1 tsp baking soda.
And you didn't mention canned coconut milk, but if you have some it's a great substitute for cream.
Do you have ice cream? There are recipes out there where melted ice cream is used in place of milk/eggs/butter, and are mixed with dry ingredients to make muffins, cupcakes, cookies, or cakes.
Do you have regularly have a neutral oil like vegetable oil? Many recipes call for oil instead of butter.
This recipe works with what you have if you try replacing the butter with oil (if you have it).
If you have chocolate, you can make condensed milk based chocolate fudge.
Or you could make dulce de leche with the condensed milk and eat it with a spoon...
I also remembered there is a recipe for coconut balls that I'm sure you'll find many variations of, but most involve condensed milk and coconut to be mixed and rolled into balls. Some recipes call for butter, but some don't, so you could probably find one to fit your ingredients.
Hmm, sounds like you might have the makings for truffles, if that appeals to you.
I love these Oat Crisps that don't require any dairy or even flour. Just be careful with the baking time. Once the edges are darker than the center, they just taste burnt.