If you've got a dinner party coming up or want to impress your friends and family with an indulgent dessert but don't have the time or confidence to whip something up yourself - don't panic. Clare's Squares are here to help. Here are three ways to create your own gourmet desserts with little effort.
1. Banoffee Blondie
A new twist on Banoffe Pie that is much quicker and easier to make!
Spread homemade caramel over the blondie (you can learn how to make this in my Caramel Cheesecake Recipe). Slice up a ripe banana and place evenly on top. Smother with more caramel then top with whipped cream.
If you want to make your own whipped cream, just whip double cream with enough icing sugar to sweeten it to your taste. Continue whipping until it stands up with stiff peaks. Place it in a piping bag or Ziploc bag with a corner snipped to pipe.
Drizzle more caramel on top and perhaps a dash of cinnamon too, if you've got it.
2. Cookie Dough Ice Cream
This is a super easy one but the end result tastes as good as Ben and Jerry's.
Simply cut up your Cookie Dough Squares into small chunks. If you're making your own vanilla ice cream, drop in the chunks in the last 5 minutes of churning. Or buy some good quality vanilla ice cream and leave it out for 10-15 minutes until it is soft but not melted completely. Then mix in your chunks and put back in the freezer until you're ready to serve.
Top Tip: Make your ice cream even more special by adding brownie chunks too. Try it with Clare's Squares Cookie Dough Brownie.
3. Chocolate Brownie Sundae
As a chocoholic, this one is my favourite.
Start with your choice of brownie as a base. Zap in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or bake in the oven for 5 minutes just so it's warm and a little more gooey.
Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top then drizzle chocolate sauce or ganache over it. To make your own ganache gently heat 100g of double cream in a pan. Before it boils, turn off the heat and add 50g of dark chocolate. Sitr until all the chocolate has melted.
Top Tip: You can get fairly creative with this one with different brownie flavours, ice cream flavours and extra toppings. I used a Caramel Brownie as the base and added extra caramel over the chocolate ganache.
If you try any of these or come up with your own creations - share them with us! Tag us on instragam with @ClaresSquares