It is the day after Crisis, or your lazy Sunday, and following a disappointing attempt at beans on toast you are craving something sweet. Opening your cupboard you see only a pot of table salt and a few meagre bags of rice and pasta. You’re getting so desperate that you are even considering eating that jam in the fridge by the spoonful, just to satisfy your yearning for sugar. Well, crave no more, because you shall now discover how simplicity and budget buying can work hand in hand through these simple student friendly desert recipes.

whichwould eton mess

Eton Mess– Serves 4

You really can’t go wrong with this fruity favourite, its fresh, sweet and you can even count it as one of your rare five a day intake.

Ingredients:
  • 1 punnet of strawberries and/or raspberries
  • Strawberry/ summer fruit sauce
  • Double cream
  • Meringue nests (even available at Sainsburys)
Method:
  1. Chop the strawberries/ raspberries
  2. Using a whisk (or fork) whip the cream
  3. Break the meringue nests into the cream and fold in the strawberries
  4. Finish with a dash of fruity sauce for a final zing

aresauburn cookie

Cookie Dough (Pizza Hut)– Serves 4

We all crave that scrumptious Pizza Hut cookie dough, but without the hefty price tag and tiny portion. So if you are feeling a little more daring and fancy something cheap and sweet which will warm you through on those cold Winter days, then this is the recipe for you. It is even a great desert for sharing (or not).

Ingredients:
  • 110g Brown sugar
  • 115g Butter
  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 1 tbs Vanilla extract
  • As many milk/ white chocolate chips as you like
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Method:
  1. Mix the sugar and the butter (if the butter is too hard, soften in the microwave)
  2. Add the flour, vanilla extract and the chocolate chips- add one tablespoon of water at a time if the consistency is too thick
  3. Cook at 180 degrees until golden brown, add a dollop of ice cream and enjoy!

jamieanne cupcake

Vanilla cupcakes– 12-20 buns

Cupcakes are great for parties as you can really get creative with the decorating, whether it be for a festive Christmas treat, a ‘Happy Birthday’ surprise, or a snack on a lonely evening, just get stuck in!

Ingredients:
  • 100g sugar (brown or white)
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 100g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Milk
  • 1 tbs Vanilla extract
  • Any chosen topping- melted chocolate (cooking chocolate or a leading brand with a dash of milk; icing (icing sugar and water); butter cream (icing sugar and butter)
Method:
  1. Mix the sugar and butter until creamy
  2. Beat both eggs into the mixture whilst gradually folding in the flour
  3. Add the vanilla extract and any other treats (choco chips, nuts or dried fruit)- if the mixture is too thick, add milk by the tablespoon until it is the correct consistency
  4. Separate into the bun cases and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes
  5. Once cool, decorate to taste!
And if you still have a sweet tooth…

Bananas and custard or even cake with yogurt or jam are both simple and delicious deserts which are sure to satisfy that craving.

Or if you have none of the above, desperate times call for desperate measures, so settle for a slice of jam on toast or a spoonful of sugar…

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