Nothing quite finishes off a family meal like a dessert and although we love baking and spending time in the kitchen sometimes you just need desserts and puddings that are really quick and easy to make. So we’ve put together our favourite quick and simple desserts and puddings that our whole family loves. Yes, even the fussy eaters!

quick dessert recipes for mid-week family meals
Quick Desserts for mid-week family meals.

Quick Dessert Recipes the Family will Love

For a recipe to be quick it needs to be easy to prepare and go from start to finish in a matter of 30 minutes or less!

That means it is possible to help the kids with their homework, sort out the school bags for tomorrow and still have a delicious pudding at the end of the dinner.

6 portion apple crumble recipe perfect for family desserts in fall
Apple Crumble a favourite rainy day dessert

One of our favourite desserts for a rainy day, that is quick easy to make is our simple apple crumble. Made with our basic crumble mix recipe the longest time is taken to peel and core the apples. However, it’s worth that little time as this is perfect served with warm custard or vanilla ice-cream.

Looking for another variation on the crumble – why not try a Blueberry Crumble that we shared over on 3 Boys and Dog.

Squirty cream topped apple pie cups for simple bite-sized desserts for Rainy Days
Baked Apple Filo pies with whipped cream

Easy and fast is the name of the game when it comes to our baked apple pies with filo pastry. Just serve these with some whipped cream for a dessert that is good enough for a party.

Anything that uses a ready-rolled pastry or crescent rolls is going to be fast to make. These Apple Butter Crescents from Crystal and Co are one of the recipes that we used to make regularly when we had old apple trees in our garden.

delicious waffle recipe for kids sleepover parties and family weekend breakfasts
Waffles for dessert

Although my kids ask for my lazy waffle recipe after any sleepovers. Served with some ice-cream or just chocolate sauce they are ideal for making for afters.

Another easy quick dessert is this Blueberry Cake Mix Cobbler from 3 Boys and a Dog. I keep a box of cake mix in the cupboard just for this since I tried it for the first time.

After visiting Mexico last summer my kids are obsessed with Mexican food and when browsing Pinterest I came across these delicious Dessert Nachos from Ruffles and Rainboots. They’ve now become a favourite anytime we have Fajitas.

Quick Puddings

close up of the layers of bread and raisins in a traditional bread and butter pudding for family meals
Quick and Easy Traditional Bread and Butter Pudding

We love a quick pudding and bread and butter pudding is the ideal way to use up any bread that is going stale as well as throw together a fast dessert that the family loves.

No fuss easy Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding recipe that tastes amazing, best served with some vanilla ice-cream and enjoyed!
Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

Of course, given the kids choice, they would happily switch the traditional bread pudding above for their favourite Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding. Just as quick and easy to make this tastes amazing.

Christmas Bread and Butter Pudding with Eggnog and Cranberries
Christmas Bread and Butter Pudding with Eggnog and Cranberries

Looking for a festive alternative why not try Eggnog Bread Pudding. It’s easy to make and with cranberries throughout looks fantastic.

Slow Cooker Desserts that Are Quick to Make

Yes, I know that the idea of a slow cooker is that they take a long time to make. But, I really do find that it’s quick. Throw all the ingredients in, in the morning and then serve at the end of the day!

Crockpot apple, cinnamon and sultana rice pudding recipe. An ideal comfort food recipe for fall and winter.
Slow Cooker Apple and Cinnamon Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding in the slow cooker is fantastic – it turns out super-rich and creamy. Our Slow Cooker Apple and Cinnamon Rice Pudding is perfect for warming you up on a cold winters day.

More Delicious Recipes to Bake

Of course, not all recipes are quick some of our favourite homemade desserts and cakes can take a while! If you have a little extra time why not try these ones!

Delicious old fashioned fruitcake recipe, just like it's straight from the farmhouse. This classic recipe for afternoon tea or just to enjoy anytime.
Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.

Our farmhouse fruitcake is so yummy we often have it for dessert instead of a pudding above. However, it does take around 4 hours to cook! So not exactly quick.

Another favourite family dessert is our baked vanilla and raspberry cheesecake. They kids love to make this after raspberry picking at our local farm.

Desserts for family meals
Delicious quick and easy desserts for family meals that everyone will love
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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