Delish Desserts: 7 Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Fewer

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Making desserts can get expensive, messy, overly complicated, or a combination of all the above. As ingredient lists grow unwieldily, the at-home-baker’s patience is tested — and let’s be honest, that is the opposite of what baking desserts should be. So whether you need a recipe that is short on ingredients and tall on flavor or are searching for something ridiculously easy and tasty, look no further. You’ll find the answer in the following seven recipes, all of which have five or fewer ingredients. 



1. Pots de Crème 

An entire website is devoted to pots de crème, explaining its origin and what the dish is. Translated from French, it means pot of cream; but don’t let that fool you, it is actually a custard dish, known for its richness. Try the Epicurious chocolate recipe and see for yourself.


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 5 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • ⅓ cup sugar

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring cream and milk just to simmer in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; whisk until melted and smooth. Whisk yolks and sugar in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in hot chocolate mixture. Strain mixture into another bowl. Cool 10 minutes, skimming any foam from surface.

Divide custard mixture among six ¾-cup custard cups or soufflé dishes. Cover each with foil. Place cups in large baking pan. Add enough hot water to pan to come halfway up sides of cups. Bake until custards are set but centers still move slightly when gently shaken, about 55 minutes. Remove from water. Remove foil. Chill custards until cold, about 3 hours. (Can be made two days ahead. Cover and keep chilled.)

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