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10 Desserts with 5 Ingredients (Or Less!)

Posted: 11/07/2011 9:30 am

Dessert can be so ... complicated. Don't get us wrong -- we love our layer cakes, pastries and pies over here -- but as simple weeknight desserts, they can be daunting tasks.

Here, then, are 10 delicious, dinner-party worthy desserts -- including ice creams, tarts and puddings -- that are five ingredients or less. Because sometimes you just want some dessert, without all that fuss. Brought to you by the spirited home cooks' community at Food52.

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Caramel Pudding
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Puddings thickened with cornstarch make great comfort food, but Midge's luxurious caramel custard, which uses egg yolks as its only setting agent, elevates pudding to dinner party fare.

As with any egg-enriched custard, the key is careful tempering, and do take the caramel as far as your nerves will allow -- you'll be rewarded with a rich pudding that has just the right balance of bitter and sweet. Our favorite technique of all? Midge has you start the water bath with cool water, rather than hot; this cooks the pudding slowly but very gently, giving it the most incredibly silken, glossy structure.
- Amanda and Merrill

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