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10 effortless dinner party desserts by Benjamina Ebuehi

by Rachel Deeley

published on 18 April 2024

Dessert is the natural conclusion to any good feast (cheese course notwithstanding), but making one worthy of a dinner party table can be daunting.

Here to help demystify the art of creating effortless-yet-impressive sweet treats is I’ll Bring Dessert, the latest cookbook by author, food stylist, and Guardian Feasts baking columnist Benjamina Ebuehi. Whether you’re looking to make something quick yet delicious, cater for dietary requirements, master a classic dessert, or bring something sweet to the potluck or picnic, this cookbook has the perfect pudding for any occasion.

Plucked from Benjamina’s own curated list of ‘Quick Picks’, we’ve rounded up just some of the 70 recipes you can expect to find inside this gorgeous book.

Something that feels fancy

Salted Honey Sesame Tart

by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

The perfectly balanced contrast of sweet, salty and nutty flavours, encased in buttery pastry, creates a tart with a sophisticated twist.

Something speedy

Last-minute strawberries and cream

Last-Minute Strawberries and Cream

by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

Perfect for when you’re short on time, this make-ahead dish of syrupy macerated strawberries is a go-to dessert for the summer months.

Something classic



by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

You can’t go wrong with a dinner party classic like tiramisu. This make-ahead recipe serves up to 12 people, making it a great crowd-pleaser.

Something that looks like you made a lot of effort but didn’t

Burnt Basque cheesecake

Burnt Basque Cheesecake

by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

Delicious warm or cold, this classic cheesecake with its distinctive burnt top and baking parchment-rippled edges, makes for a gorgeously rustic centrepiece dessert.

Something that is actually a lot of effort but worth it

Pistachio Gâteau Basque

by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

For a more ambitious bake from the Basque region, try this dessert that combines pastry, a rich pistachio custard filling, jam and cream, to create something truly unique.

Something for the vegans

Creamy coconut & passionfruit tart

Creamy Coconut and Passionfruit Tart

by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

Proving you don’t need eggs or dairy to make a decadent dessert, this tart combines fresh and fruity flavours with the warmth of a crisp gingersnap biscuit base.

Something for summer

Hot honey peach shortcakes

Hot Honey Peach Shortcakes

by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

Perfect for making the most of stone fruit season, these simple-yet-delicious shortcakes are topped with peaches soaked in red chilli-infused honey and a dollop of whipped cream.

Something boozy

Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

Decadent yet light, these six-ingredient mousse pots featuring a dash of cream liqueur are a chocolate lover’s paradise.

Something your mum would love


My Perfect Crumble

by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

From the mix of apples and spices to the golden topping, Benjamina has gone to great lengths to establish all the factors that make the ideal crumble with plenty of wow-factor.

Something casual

Halva & smoked salt cookies

Halva and Smoked Salt Chocolate Cookies

by Benjamina Ebuehi
from I’ll Bring Dessert

Who says cookies aren’t a viable (or popular) dessert option? Featuring a sweet and nutty filling of the Persian sesame-based confection halva, these cookies pair beautifully with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


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