These Store-Bought Dessert Hacks Will Impress Without Stress
And absolutely no one will know they're not homemade.
In this series, we're showing off some of the coolest recipes, tips and tricks we've learned from chefs in the all-new Food Network Kitchen app.
Though I hate to admit it, there are times when, despite my best efforts, I procrastinate. Like friends-are-in-my-driveway-and-I-have-nothing-to-feed-them-with procrastinate. It’s at times like these that I’m so thankful for the Food Network Kitchen app and the unofficial queen of all store-bought food hacks, Lasheeda Perry.
If you, too, have found yourself in the same predicament (or if you’re just looking to save time in the kitchen), Lasheeda's brilliant classes are sure to save the day! Try one, or all, of the dessert recipes below the next time you want a sweet treat that'll impress without stress.
Don't let your brunch leftovers go to waste! In this super-fun class, Lasheeda walks fans through three quick-and-easy ways to breathe new life into day-old muffins. If you're feeling really fancy, give the Banana Nut Muffin Bread Pudding a try. From the pudding's golden-brown topping to its gooey cream cheese glaze, it’s an effortless way to get bakery quality desserts right at home. For additional elegance, follow Lasheeda's lead and portion out your pudding batter into miniature cast iron skillets — it not only cuts your baking time in half, it also ensures that everyone gets their very own serving to enjoy.
If you want to turn a store-bought cake into a total showstopper, Lasheeda's pastry chef class is a must. I found myself wholeheartedly mesmerized by the Honeycomb design, which is achieved by spreading melted chocolate evenly across a piece of bubble wrap, refrigerating it and lightly unwrapping it around a store-bought cake. Trust me — it'll have everyone asking you when you finished culinary school!
If you're anything like me, you always have a box (or three) of your favorite store-bought cookies on hand. Take yours to an Instagram-worthy level with this cookie hacks class. With just a toothpick and some bottles of ready-made icing, you'll be on your way to culinary greatness.