Barbecues don’t have to merely be used for making burgers and chicken skewers when cooking for a crowd. If you are throwing a summer garden get-together, you’ll want to make sure the party doesn’t end after you’ve eaten your starters and mains.
Simple Desserts You Can Make on Your BBQ
Here are some quick and easy dessert recipes you can make on the BBQ, which only use a few ingredients. Perfect if you want to get full use out of the appliance (or want to make sure you don’t have to leave your guests while you run back and forth to the kitchen):
- One large marshmallow per serving
- 2 Digestive biscuits per serving
- Large chocolate bar
- Kebab sticks (if using wooden sticks, soak in water overnight first)
Possibly the simplest sweet treat that you can prepare on your barbecue. Skewer the marshmallows on a kebab stick, and grill over the barbecue until they start to toast. Sandwich between two digestives along with a few squares of chocolate.
- 2 slices sourdough/tiger/panini bread per sandwich
- Chocolate spread
- Fruit – strawberries/bananas are ideal
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
Prepare the barbecue on low heat. Make a sandwich by spreading one side of the bread with chocolate spread and layering with fruit, then top with the other slice. Press tightly together. Cover the outer side of each slice with a bit melted of butter and place face-down on the barbecue. Grill for one minute each side, or longer if you’d like your bread more well-done.
Use croissants, brioche bread or tortilla wraps if you would like something extra fancy.
- One banana per serving
- Brown sugar
- Ice cream to serve (use an ice cream maker to save time if making from scratch)
Preheat the barbecue on low-heat. Quarter the bananas lengthwise and widthwise. Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar in a large bowl and roll the bananas in the mixture until coated. Lightly oil the barbecue grate and grill the bananas for about two minutes each side. Serve with ice cream and a sprinkling of remaining cinnamon mixture.
- Pre-prepared fruit pie filling – raspberries, blueberries, cherries and blackberries are perfect
- Yellow cake batter (use a stand mixer to mix the ingredients if preparing from scratch)
- Vanilla ice cream to serve
- Dutch oven/cooking pot suitable for barbecue use, with lid
- Heavy duty aluminium foil
This recipe is perfect if you would like something extra filling or want to leave a bit of rest time in between your main and dessert.
Set up the barbecue on low heat. Line the Dutch oven with tin foil and add the berry filling. Top this with the pre-prepared cake batter. Pop the lid on and cook on the barbecue grill for 30-40 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and cake is ready when checked with a skewer. Serve with ice cream.
Alternatively, if you prefer something quicker, buy a pre-baked angel cake loaf and cut in half horizontally. Grill over high heat for one to two minutes and cut into slices. Serve the fruit filling over the top with ice cream, or substitute with fresh fruit and whipped cream.
All of the above recipes can be made on any outdoor barbecue, no matter the size or type. Check out our pick of the best barbecues for 2018 here.