Real Fast Puddings by Nigel Slater

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  • Lynda Brown's yoghurt custard

    • wester on September 03, 2010

      A lovely, slightly tangy custard. Easy to make.

  • The twenty-minute rice pudding

    • wester on September 03, 2010

      Great rice pudding, and easy. Except it's better if you cook it for 40 minutes, but then it wouldn't fit in this book. For dessert, but also great as lunch (or breakfast, but then you have to get up really early or eat it cold). See the suggestions for elaborations on this recipe as well. They add a lot of extra taste and hardly any extra work.

  • Rice pudding with rosewater, cardamom and pistachio

    • wester on September 03, 2010

      Lovely, lovely, lovely. Scented with rose water and cardamom, sweet but not too sweet, exotic but not too exotic. This is a regular in our house. We usually make it without pistachios and vanilla. And it does take longer than half an hour - wait until it starts to get visibly thicker.

  • Rice pudding with orange zest and ginger

    • wester on September 03, 2010

      Sweeter than the other rice pudding suggestions in this book: strictly for dessert, not for breakfast or lunch. Lovely color, great taste.

  • Strawberries with black pepper

    • wester on September 03, 2010

      Not really a recipe, but certainly a very good idea.

  • Strawberries with basil

    • wester on September 03, 2010

      Very good combination. Unless the strawberries are extremely ripe, it can use some sugar as well (1 to 3 teaspoons). And balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice is nice too.

  • Peach Melba

    • wester on August 08, 2014

      I wanted to make peach Melba and found I had only two recipes. I used this one, except I didn't poach the peach as I prefer it raw, which made it less of a recipe and more just an assembly. It was very tasty though.

  • Cinnamon rice

    • wester on September 03, 2010

      Of course, rice pudding is very nice with cinnamon, as well. I just prefer his other suggestions.

  • Hot damson compote

    • Astrid5555 on August 17, 2014

      Delicious, quick and easy. Added some vanilla powder. Eat as topping for yogurt, oatmeal or on its own.

  • Mango fool

    • Astrid5555 on August 17, 2014

      A little bit tangy due to the Greek yogurt added, nevertheless very nice.

  • Grilled apples

    • saladdays on August 25, 2013

      A quick and easy way to turn home grown apples into a proper dessert. Serve with cream, icecream or plain yoghurt.

  • Nectarine yoghurt burnt cream

    • saladdays on October 07, 2012

      This lives up to the title of the book and is 'real fast'. Turns fruit into a real pudding which is also very healthy as it uses yoghurt instead of cream. Make sure the grill is very hot before you start to cook it.

  • Quick apple tarts

    • veronicafrance on October 04, 2013

      You hardly need a recipe for this -- it's a very classic French tart, very quick to make, looks impressive, and tastes delicious. Tip: I made oblong ones because it's much easier to quickly arrange sliced apples in rows rather than circles, and makes for easier servings too.

  • Plums baked in Sauternes

    • veronicafrance on October 23, 2016

      Simple and delicious. I halved and stoned the plums as I don't like making people faff about with stones. Served with Greek yogurt instead of cream, with freshly baked madeleines on the side. Tuiles would be good too.

  • Hot panettone pudding

    • veronicafrance on January 10, 2014

      Basically bread and butter pudding made with panettone. Instead of slicing and neatly layering it, you just tear up the panettone. I don't see the point of frying the panettone in butter though -- it's rich enough without, especially as he uses cream instead of milk (I used half cream, half milk). I soaked my sultanas in PX sherry instead of eau de vie, because what isn't improved by PX? It was delicious.

  • Hot chocolate soufflé

  • Hot cherries with calvados

    • Hellyloves2cook on November 28, 2013

      Reminds me of a recipe my mother used to make when I was a teenager- she added kirsch. The hot cherries would be beautiful poured over a good quality vanilla ice cream- deliciousness in a bowl.

    • Pamsy on May 30, 2020

      Used kirsch instead of calvados and added the grated rind and juice of an orange. Very summery and tasty. Served with vanilla ice cream. Lovely way to end a meal on a very hot day. Update 27/10/20 used a bag of Waitrose frozen cherries. Just as good and useful to have in the freezer.

  • Quick chocolate cake

    • BigOrangeTiger on October 17, 2015

      This really didn't work for me - I cooked it for 2 minutes more than the minimum stated and it seemed overcooked. But aside from that, it didn't taste at all sweet and just seemed not quite right. Only made it once, so not sure if it is the recipe or some error on my part.

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  • ISBN 10 0141885254
  • ISBN 13 9780141885254
  • Published Apr 05 2002
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Penguin Books Ltd (Digital)
  • Imprint Penguin Books Ltd

Publishers Text

This is an inspiring collection of quick and delicious puddings made with simple and fresh ingredients from Nigel Slater, the master of the easily prepared dish. In four sections - Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring - he offers ideas for a wide range of mouth-watering and irresistible desserts all of which can be prepared in under half an hour.

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