2 Desserts In Less Than 1 Hour

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3-layered steamed pudding (kuih lapis)

3-layered steamed pudding (kuih lapis)

Rocky Road Slice

Rocky Road Slice

Preparing 2 desserts in less than an hour would be madness in my culinary world.  But I did that right on the first day of the New Year…..2 desserts in less than an hour! I made a steamed 3- Layered Rice Pudding and a Rocky Road Slice. They were especially for 2 special Scottish friends who came back from Melbourne and left again yesterday.

Christina and Allan have been very special, close friends to us ever since we met a few years ago. Despite their very tight schedule each time when they came back for a short holiday, they would make sure they made time for us. That’s very heart-warming. We would always have so much to share. What I really like about them is that they are very authentic and we can talk very freely. They are always very encouraging, supportive and helpful. Between us we have no cultural hindrances. We are really blessed to have such wonderful friends.

When they called up on the first day of the New Year to say that they were able to make it and would be at my place in about an hour’s time, I was so excited but then I didn’t have much to serve them. I quickly got down to making 2 desserts. One will have to be steamed and one to be melted and mixed to save time…that’s what I thought. Steamed, 3-Layered Rice Pudding and Rocky Road Slice came to my mind.  It was a big relief when both were cooked in under an hour.

But then the desserts can only be cut when cold. I couldn’t chill them in the fridge as they were too hot. Finally I put them on the icy cold garage floor. It was perfect by the time I served them. They liked it very much. On top of that I served pineapple, chocolates and almond cookies. They loved Chinese tea so I served them that too.

It was such a fabulous few hours of food, chatting and laughter. What a wonderful way to start off the year! They have left yesterday and once again we miss them. We look forward to their next trip back. I do hope to pay them a visit one day. I’m really thankful to have amazing friends like them.

Have you ever made last minute desserts? What are the fastest desserts that you made? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Similar recipes that you may be interested in:
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Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on January 3rd, 2010

You temptress! I am avoiding things like Rocky Road for the time being but it looks lovely.

anncoo  on January 3rd, 2010

I must give you a Big Clap for what you had done, Mary. Wonder what is Rocky Road Slice?

Jeannie  on January 3rd, 2010

I am impressed! Usually it took me more than an hour just to steam the layer cake :P

Mary  on January 3rd, 2010

@Sarah - LOL….Sarah, just enjoy the picture and don’t make them yourself :P

@Anncoo - Thank you. I must give a pat on my own back too :D It was stressful but it’s good stress. Rocky Road slice is very delicious. You can actually add many things to it. I love the crunch from the biscuits, the flavour of the coconut and the softness of the marshmallows. It’s very quick to make too.

@Jeannie - I cheated along the way :D Instead of the usual 9 layers I made only 3 layers. The layers are thicker so it takes a little longer to steam. While leaving it to steam, I made the Rocky Road Slice which is just melt
and mix. I’ll remember this combination to use again just in case I need to rush with any last minute desserts.

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on January 3rd, 2010

I love Rocky road slices…..I must try to do it myself when I am not on a diet.

kristy  on January 3rd, 2010

Best food to serve your friends on this festive season, which about to over soon! School going reopen tomorrow…so another busy year to go! Hopefully, this is a good & blissful one!

Mary  on January 3rd, 2010

@Angie - Me, too….it’s so easy to over eat. I need to exercise more to enjoy it :P

@Kristy - I’m glad they enjoyed the sticky kuih lapis. I only wondered about it after I made them :D They love all types of food. Should have asked whether they ever tasted durians! Next time. Yes, school starts on 5th Jan here. Everyone will be busy again. Wishing you a great 2010!

Kathy Gori  on January 3rd, 2010

Amazing and beautiful! love the garage as a chilling spot, that would work for me!

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on January 3rd, 2010

My mom used to make the three layer pudding. What great memories!

Alta  on January 3rd, 2010

They both look great! I have used the garage as a chilly spot for food many times!

Brie  on January 3rd, 2010

yum, congrats on two great desserts! and so quickly!

Ellie  on January 3rd, 2010

Wow! That’s quick :) Looks good too!

Drick  on January 3rd, 2010

now who wouldn’t like this treatment - no wonder they make time for you - great desserts Mary …

Blackswan  on January 3rd, 2010

I haven’t tried Rocky road slices but it looks delicious :)

penny aka jeroxie  on January 3rd, 2010

My favourite is still the 9 layered. yummmmmm!

Shirley  on January 3rd, 2010

That’s a cool feat Mary! I think blogging about food makes us quicker in our cooking. Dont you think so?

Mary  on January 4th, 2010

@Kathy Gori - Thank you very much. I think desperation leads to discovery :D I appreciate my garage more now!

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - I think I’ll go for the 2 or 3 layers next time. It’s a lot easier than the 9 layers. It looks pretty too.

@Alta - Thank you very much. Oh…you have discovered good use of the garage much earlier than me. I’ve become smarter now :D

@Brie - Thank you very much. But I won’t do that often. It can be very stressful though challenging.

@Ellie - Thank you very much. I think I must learn more quicker recipes for emergency use :P

@Drick - LOL….I must tell them this. Oh, I forgot, they gave us a beautiful box of Belgium chocolates…yum!

@Blackswan - It is very easy to make….just melt and mix and then chill it before cutting. A great item for the coming Chinese New Year.

@Penny aka jeroxie - If I make I think I’ll go for the 2 or 3 layers…faster. But if I buy, I’ll go for the 9 layers…more fun to eat :P

@Shirley - Totally agree with you. But I would still prefer simple and easy cooking, yet delicious. Hope to learn more this year.

Divina  on January 4th, 2010

Your a supergirl. hehe. The desserts look great. I have never made last minute desserts. Probably the only dessert they would get is an ice cream from our freezer. :D

Sushma Mallya  on January 4th, 2010

wow that looks wonderful….loved both these sweets..yummy and perfect beginning for a new year

Mary  on January 4th, 2010

@Divina - Only on very rare occasions :P Rarely have ice cream in my freezer so I don’t have much choice. I think I need to find more super quick desserts for emergency use!

@Sushma Mallya - Thank you very much. A very good start to the new year with good friends around but a test of my culinary skill :D

pigpigscorner  on January 4th, 2010

Bravo! 2 goodies in so little time!

Mary  on January 4th, 2010

@pigpigscorner - Did that in utter desperation :D

tia  on January 4th, 2010

love it! the kueh lapis, my mom would die for. she misses MY food a lot, especially kueh.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on January 4th, 2010

Wow, I’d always come for a visit too :)

My super fast dessert (well, apart from a bowl of ice cream and fruit salad!) is my Macadamia ANZAC biccies as they are so quick and easy.

I really need to make some rocky road slice soon, it just looks so good.

Mary  on January 5th, 2010

@tia - Really great to know you. You are a very good cook. Love all the recipes on your blog. Hope to try some soon.

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Come and I would cook for you :) I got to try out that Macadamia ANZAC biscuits. I have to make a collection of all the quick desserts for emergency use. Hope you try out the Rocky Road Slice soon. They are very easy. You can go wild with the ingredients too.

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