We’ve all been in there (I was two weeks ago): Someone invites you over for a dinner party and a wonderful home cooked meal, and in a moment of feeling gracious/obligated, you say you’ll bring a homemade dessert. And then, you don’t. Most of the time – let’s be honest – there’s no real reason for this. You have the time or could make the time… but you procrastinate (again, me too). Why? Because making a homemade dessert is usually a total drag! Whether it’s baking, or setting time, or just the crazy amount of ingredients and measuring, dessert making is not for an impatient foodie… until now.
This dessert, which is featured in my cookbook, is the easiest. dessert. ever. It’s no cooking, no baking, no nonsense — just assembly! It’s called Lotte’s Mess.
The inspiration comes from a young woman named Lotte, who I met in Sweden a few summers back. Lotte works at a local bakery in the summer and for that reason she is the go-to dessert gal for everyone’s dinner parties. But Lotte is also exhausted by the end of the day (being a professional baker is no joke) and the very last thing she wants to do after a long day in the kitchen is to bake MORE (understandable). So here’s what she does: Snags some meringues from her bakery, goes to the local grocery and buys vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and whatever berries are in season, and then assembles it into a glorious dessert in seconds “on the scene” in one huge bowl. It looks like a beautiful mess and my goodness is it DELICIOUS.
So next time you’re invited to a dinner party (or maybe this weekend it’s a Memorial Day BBQ!), and you’re feeling obligated/gracious and offer to bring a homemade dessert, DON’T STRESS. Just make Lotte’s Mess (AKA the easiest dessert ever). For some other easy dessert ideas, check this out.
1 pint vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
2 cups of chopped mini meringues or 1 large fresh baked meringue, broken into small pieces
1/2 cup chocolate sauce
1/2 cup caramel sauce
Berries in season
In a large bowl, combine the ice cream and meringues, using a large spoon to mix well. Drizzle the chocolate sauce and caramel sauce over everything, followed by an obscene amount of whipped cream and finally the berries. Serve immediately.