We only have a family dessert every now and then, but when we do, you don’t have to have eat all your dinner to get some.
Yep, you can avoid carrots like the plague, you can eat nothing but peas and mint sauce, you can never let that combination of chicken and rice past your lips and you will still be offered dessert.
As long as you are polite about the food that is served, as long as you express your likes and dislikes in a respectful manner, as long as you strive to have a positive attitude about food and meal times, you can eat nothing but air, and you’ll still be offered dessert.
We try not to attach bribery, rewards, ‘goodness’, or ‘badness’ to our food, and that goes for dessert too.
Some of our family desserts are more wholesome and healthy than others, but regardless of what it is, at our house dessert is not a reward for eating something else, dessert is simply a little something extra, that we occasionally have after the main meal.
Usually dessert happens when someone gets the urge to cook something a bit special, but all of our favourite desserts are simple, family friendly recipes, many of them my big kids can cook on their own and often do.
Favourite Family Desserts
These family dessert recipes are tried and true family favourites. They are all pretty easy to make, and delicious!
This ‘pudding’ is magical – you add the sauce to the top but once it’s cooked it ends up on the bottom!
Fruit Sponge Dessert
This is long time family favourite dessert, and you can use whatever fruit you like to make it!
Easy Apple Crumble
This recipe has a little cheating step (hint – it involves melting the butter!) that makes it even quicker and easier to make than usual!
Apple and Cinnamon Baked Pancake
This is an easy way to make pancakes for everyone without having to stand and flip them for ages!
Chocolate Mug Pudding
There is a printable recipe card for kids so they can make this dessert on their own.
Apple Berry Crumble
Add some extra berry goodness to an old fashioned crumble recipe.
Cinnamon scrolls take a lot of effort to make, but cinnamon pizza is much easier, and just as delicious!
You quite literally ‘chuck it all and mix it up’ to make this easy pavlova!
If you’ve got frozen puff pastry and some jam, then you’ve got dessert in around 15 minutes!
Stuff pancakes with all kinds of goodies, like fruit, chocolate or marshmallows!
If Turkish delight is not your thing, you can make this easy brownie recipe with other chocolate bars too. Mars Bars work great!
Cinnamon Ripple Banana Cake
This cake is so good eaten warm, and it’s pretty good when it has cooled too.
These apple and berry parcels are easy to make, but look fancy!
Lemon Meringue Slice
This lemon slice looks fancy but it’s actually quite easy to make.
This is almost like ice cream, but it’s made from only fruit and juice!
Cheaters Lemon Berry Strudel.
This is another dessert that uses frozen puff pastry – that stuff really is awesome!
These are a great dessert for the kids to make.
How does dessert work at your house?
Do you have a favourite dessert?
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Amanda Kendle says
I love your attitude to this Kate! I try to do the same. Actually we virtually never have dessert after a meal at home but that’s mostly because I’m too lazy to make one – but we might have a special morning or afternoon tea treat on a weekend just because.
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Great collection of desserts!
We use the term “dessert eligible” in our house to make sure that the dinner is completed before enjoying a nice treat.
We will definitely be trying out the Cinnamon Pizza!!
I tried the cake, and it was delicious and since I am nine it was my first baking experience which turned out pretty delicious