These classic desserts can be made from pantry items

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These classic desserts can be made from pantry items

Is that sweet tooth calling your name? Fear not. These five desserts can be made with items you likely already have in your kitchen.


The original pantry dessert! The way that flour, sugar, butter and milk combine to make a pudding is really quite magical. You can even add some pasta or sago, to add a bit of texture. Got got good spice stash? Make vermicelli kheer instead.

Melkkos recipe

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Sticky malva pudding

Malva might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to ‘pantry desserts’, but when you consider that it requires basic baking ingredients, it’s a no-brainer. If you don’t have brandy for the sauce, leave it out, water works just as well. Bake into one large dish if that’s easier, too.
Individual malva puddings recipeGet the recipe here.


Got caster sugar, honey and bicarb? Great news: in 15 minutes’ time, you could have your very own home-made honeycomb. (Just take care not to burn yourself – hot sugar is not to be messed with!)

Home-made honeycomb

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Crêpes Suzette

Pancakes come together with a handful of pantry ingredients. And if you’ve got some kind of citrus to hand, why not make a fancy sauce, too? You can use brandy, Grand Marnier, triple sec or orange Curaçao – or leave out the booze entirely.

Crepes suzette

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Ultimate chocolate sundae

A scoop of ice cream will forever be the ultimate after-dinner treat, and this peanut butter and chocolate sauce will only take it to new heights. The almond brittle might sound complicated, but if you’ve got loads of sugar lying around it’s a great way to use it up. Swap out the nuts for any you have at home – even a mix of a few will taste great.
ultimate chocolate sundaeGet the recipe here.

Baked ice-cream croissant pudding

This is a very riffable dessert: swap the croissants for hot cross buns, old cake, or some of that banana bread you’ve all been making. Even old bread, buttered on both sides, will work. The result is a quick and easy cheat’s pudding that will fix that sugar craving in no time.
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The best-ever three-milk cake

If you’ve got some tins of condensed and evaporated milk in the cupboard, then you’re halfway to this fantastic cake. If you don’t, you can just skip the soaking part out – this sponge is good enough on its own with some fresh berries and whipped cream.
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Affogato with hazelnuts set in chocolate

Did you need a recipe for affogato? Probably not. But it’s here as a reminder of the simple equation that espresso + ice cream = dessert. The chocolate-coated nuts are as a nice add-on if you have the ingredients to hand, and you can swap out the milk chocolate for any chocolate, as well as any nuts you fancy. Get the recipe here.


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