8 Easy Desserts That Use Eggs*

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When most of us think of ways to use eggs, we tend to think of savoury dishes like omelettes or fried breakfast. However, there are many sweet dishes that also heavily incorporate eggs. If you’ve got some spare eggs to use up, why not consider one of these 8 dessert options?

Vanilla custard

Vanilla custard is typically made from milk or cream, which is then thickened and given its distinct yellow colour by adding egg yolks. Sugar and vanilla extract is then added to sweeten it. Making custard at home is very easy as this custard recipe outlines. While you can eat custard on its own (the Teletubbies do), most people prefer to serve it with another dessert (such as a pie, a sponge or a strudel). Of course, egg custard doesn’t have to just contain vanilla and can incorporate other flavourings too.

Custard tarts

Once you know how to make custard, you can try your hand at custard tarts. These consist of a pastry crust and egg custard filling. Custard tarts are typically cupcake-sized, however you can make a larger custard pie if you’d prefer. 

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Flans consist of egg custard which is baked to help it set and coated in caramel. There are variations of this dessert across Europe. Creme caramel or Mexican flan is one variation that is cooked upside down. There are lots of online recipes that can teach you how to make a flan like this.

Crème brulee

Creme brulee is a bit like a flan in that it is made from baked egg custard. However, it has a layer of hardened caramelised sugar on the top. This hardened sugar topping can be hard to pull off – many chefs cheat and use a mini blowtorch. However, you can achieve this effect without one.


Consisting of a pastry casing and egg custard filling, eclairs are a tasty dessert favourite that are surprisingly simple to make. Eclairs are often served coated in chocolate. You can find a recipe here to learn how to make eclairs.


While yolk is used to make custard, egg whites can be used to make meringue. You only really need two ingredients to make meringue – sugar and egg whites. However, you can also add a touch of lemon for acidity or use flour to help the meringue bind. Visit this page to find out how to make meringue.

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Once you can bake meringue, you can then attempt homemade pavlova. This is essentially a giant meringue topped in cream and fruit. Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are some of the most common fruits that are added.

Eggnog cheesecake

Love eggnog? Love cheesecake? If so, a unique Christmas dessert worth trying is eggnog cheesecake. This is achieved by blending eggnog into the cheesecakes cream cheese filling. You can make your own eggnog mixture by blending eggs, nutmeg and a spirit such as rum or bourbon. It’s up to you as to how boozy you want to make it.

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Bio-Plates for Little Ones from Dantoy*

The product in this post was gifted to us for consideration.

We started weaning Eliza at 6 months old and it’s been such an adventure. We mostly followed a baby led weaning approach and she’s loved food from the word go, and now, at 16 months old is a fantastic eater (and I’m sure I’ll kick myself for saying that when the inevitable fussiness kicks in!)
We’ve definitely found that the right tablewares are every bit as important as the food itself, and whilst we started off with suction bowls and plates, now Eliza is a bit older and a lot more independent we are starting to introduce more “grown up” plates and cutlery as she likes to be just like us.

This set is from Dantoy, who have featured before on the blog and are a brand that both Bob and myself love when it comes to shopping for Eliza.

This set is perfect right the way through the weaning process (although we definitely couldn’t get away with non-suction at the start) and the set’s plate allows you to divide up the meal if you so wish- we often put main and “dessert” out together so Eliza can choose what she wants to eat and doesn’t put sweet, or savoury on a pedestal. If the 2 smallest spaces of the plate are not used for food, the bowl and cup can instead be placed in these spaces and used as a tray to carry food and drink together.

The first meal we used our set for was Eliza’s all time favourite, bean and pepper chilli. As you can see, we’ve used the compartments to serve. The cutlery is a great size for the stage we’re out now, but Eliza still finds the beaker a bit tricky to manage; she still finds handles easier.

She definitely embraced the set up though and I doubt it will take her long to perfect the art of the beaker!

As with all products from Dantoy, the set is made from bio-plastics making it 100% recyclable. It can be microwaved up to 70% and can also go through the dishwasher- although we tend to handwash all of Eliza’s bits as we find they can take on a soapy taste/smell no matter what they are made of.

This set costs £18 (plus shipping) which is really reasonable in my eyes- children’s tableware can be super expensive and you often see just one plate costing that! This would make a lovely gift for new parents to put away- we really rate it for the quality practicality and will be looking to replace some of our baby plates and bowls from more of the range.

You can shop the range here.

Degustabox- September 2021*

Box gifted by Degustabox
This is a PR box, this means there will sometimes be additional flavours or products than you’d get as a subscriber, I will highlight this within my post.

This is going to be my last Degustabox review post for a little while as I’m going to take a couple of months off to settle in to life with a newborn (now there’s a scary thought!) so I was delighted that the September 2021 box was jam packed full of fantastic products, ensuring my final experience of the year was one to remember.

Prince biscuits are something I always seek out on holidays without fail, I bloody love them, so the fact you can get them easily (and cheaply) here now pleases me greatly. I was already familiar with the chocolate ones, but white chocolate was new on me and there is a part of me that wishes I had remained ignorant as I am well and truly obsessed. Biscuits have got me through this pregnancy, I suspect they will get me through the early weeks and months too! £1 per pack from Asda.

I don’t usually stray away from Pepsi Max or Diet Coke, but I really enjoyed Sumon Passion Fruit. It’s super refreshing with a maximum of 25 calories per 100ml. It also comes in Pineapple or Orange flavours, both of which I’d be keen to try.
Bob is the fruit juice drinker in this house so he sampled the Orange Algarve from Compal and rated it very highly. He said it was super sweet and nicer than our usual supermarket buy.
Sumol 99p/can and Compal £1.99/carton from Portugese stores and delicias-uk.com.

I love noodles, more than pasta or rice so I always get excited when I see a new to me brand included in Degustabox. This month it was Katsuo Udon noodles from Kelly Loves. This is a huge, flavourful lunchtime treat with plenty of unami flavour, I could barely move after these! Available in Sushi Daily kiosks in Waitrose and Asda for £2.90.

Sometimes I like to snack on plain crackers. Other times I like them to dip in soup or hummus. Either way these Ciabatta Original from Carr’s, in handy snack packs do the job perfectly. I probably should try topping them in a more normal way, but why break the snack habits of a lifetime?
£1.59 from most major retailers.

Can you believe I’d never tried Toffifee before? I see them everywhere, all the time and always think they look so good, but never seem to get around to picking up a box. Well, now I can say I have tried them- and they are good, although they make me fear for the safety of my teeth. I’ll pick some of these up for the Christmas stash now I know they are as tasty as they look, they are perfect for sharing (or not!)
£1.43 from all major supermarkets.

I haven’t actually tried this Nature’s Heart almond, peanut and double chocolate protein bar yet- it’s been stashed in my extensive bag of snacks for when I go in to have the baby. It looks delicious though, and boasts 10g of plant protein…hence why I thought it’d be the ideal labour snack! These have an RRP of £1.59 from major supermarket chains.

I won’t lie, I’m not sure what the point of a Jonut is, but pointless or not, it is delicious! It is essentially a rather large Jaffa Cake with a hole in the middle…but it works and it’s a fun treat!
50p each in major supermarket chains.

I’ll happily snack on Brioche at any time of day. Brioche Pasquier is my go-to brand and they’ve just made it even better with the addition of dark chocolate chips for a more indulgent taste. Great with a decaf coffee mid-afternoon! £1.50 from major supermarket chains.

We haven’t tried these Fajita and Taco seasoning mixes from Santa Maria yet….Bob and I decided to keep these on hand for a couple of quick and easy dinners once baby arrives. We’ll share our creations if we get time though, I’m most excited for the tacos, way more excited than is normal to be honest!
£1.05 each from a variety of retailers.

This month’s product of the month was these tomato and basil hummus chips from Eat Real, and I agree. I often have these in the house, or the veggie straws and can’t get enough of the super crunchy texture and good, strong flavour. I never feel too bad about how many of these I eat, either as they are made with good, honest ingredients. Available in all supermarket chains for £1.80- I stock up when on offer!

If you’re persuaded to give Degustabox a go (and really, you should) you can claim £5.00 off of your first box (making it just £7.99!) by entering the code XOQGC at the checkout. It’s been a pleasure to work with the brand regularly over the last couple of years and it’s without a doubt something that I will continue to purchase long after our partnership ends. I love the monthly surprise and excitement as well as the chance to discover products I’d otherwise pass up on the supermarket shelves.

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Degustabox – August 2021*

Box gifted by Degustabox
This is a PR box, this means there will sometimes be additional flavours or products than you’d get as a subscriber, I will highlight this within my post.

August already feels like so long ago, and I am later than usual with getting my post up this month; wedding planning has taken front seat with just two weeks to go! I’m also on the final countdown at work until maternity leave starts and life is just a little bit chaotic right now!
Thankfully the August Degustabox box, with it’s “Back to School and On The Go” theme has saved my arse with snacks on more than one occasion…this has been literally my box of the year so far!

Ok, so stock cubes aren’t a snack, and to be honest they seemed a very random addition to the box given the theme, but welcome none the less. We’re currently trying to batch cook ready for when we have a newborn so these have come in handy; personally I’m a salt addict but I can see the appeal of these for families and those a bit more careful about their intake of sodium! £1.49 from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and on Ocado.

I think I said before how hard I resisted the salted caramel trend when it first arrived on the scene. I’m a now convert though, and despite trying to keep my caffeine intake to a minimum level I couldn’t not try one of these Nescafe Gold Iced Salted Caramel Lattes. So good for on the go, and a most welcome relief during the recent super hot few days! Will be stocking up on these! £2.98 RRP available online and from most major supermarket chains.

I think this Pågen Gifflar Cinnamon Rolls would have been delicious if I had got a look in! Somehow they vanished in to Bob’s belly before I got a chance, but c’est la vie, he enjoyed them and I’ve been asked to pick up more when I see them! £1.70 from Tesco, Asda and online at Ocado.

We have this Cirio Pasta Sauce earmarked for another of our batch cooks as some kind of pasta bake. Mushrooms and Sausage screams winter comfort to us with a tonne of cheese on top! This range of sauces looks great, made with 100% Italian meat and tomatoes plus extra virgin olive oil. There are three flavours in the range, the others being Beef, Pork & White Wine and Mushrooms & Grilled Peppers. I’ll share the results on social media when we use this.
£2.00 from Ocado.

I’ve got through various cereal fads through pregnancy and currently I’m firmly on a Shreddies kick thanks to this month’s box. This makes a real change from my usual sugar laden American Imports and I’m here for it. With 4 ingredients and less than 5% sugar…delicious with hot milk and some sliced banana. Or eaten by the handful from the box! Available at Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and on Ocado with an RRP of £2.50.

Tweek Sweets with Benefits certainly look attractive with their super pretty packaging. They are pretty good, and refreshing and obviously boast some health benefits- but to be honest, if I’m buying sweets I want the full whack of sugar. Still nice though and I wouldn’t say no to more and they are ideal for anyone trying to be a bit healthier! £1.99 from WHSmith Travel.

There’s not much I can say about Oreos other than I love them! Yay!

I really enjoyed these 5th Season Fruit snacks. They have an odd texture that goes from crunch to melt in the mouth, but I liked that, a lot. They were perfect for a sweet hit on the go and are made with 100% fruit and have barely any calories. Pricey at £1.50 per bag and only available at Sainsbury’s, The Good Club, Mighty Small, Amazon and 5thseasonfruit.com but hopefully that will change soon, I sure hope so!

I skipped testing this clean energy drink from Virtue drinks because pregnant, but it’s something I would otherwise go for without a doubt! With Zero Sugar and Zero Calories, but the same amount of natural caffeine as a coffee or other energy drink it’s a winning idea for me. £1.50 from Amazon, Holland and Barrett, Crussh, Planet Organic and Ocado.

My personal product of the month! I love Skippy Peanut butter and this chocolate chip swirl one is exactly what my toast has been missing. Sadly it’s only available at Morrisons and on Ocado so I can’t fully indulge all of the time, but next time we do an Ocado order a few jars will be sneaking in! £2.65 and worth every penny.

Bob has been taking these Up&Go breakfast drinks when he has an early start and he rates them as good. Not as good as a Greggs breakfast, but acceptable and much healthier! The banana & honey flavour is right up his street, although I’d personally go for the chocolate one! £2.75 per multipack from Tesco, Morrisons and on Ocado.

I ate so many Clif bars in America, I love them and it saddens me they are so expensive and that you can’t actually buy these mini size ones over here yet (they are everywhere in the USA!). These are such a good handbag snack and my favourite protein type bar out there for the texture. The larger 68g bar is available at most supermarkets, health food stores and sports retailers for £1.69. I eagerly await the minis arriving over here!

If you’re persuaded to give Degustabox a go (and really, you should) you can claim £3.00 off of your first box (making it just £9.99!) by entering the code XOQGC at the checkout. It’s been a pleasure to work with the brand regularly over the last couple of years and it’s without a doubt something that I will continue to purchase long after our partnership ends. I love the monthly surprise and excitement as well as the chance to discover products I’d otherwise pass up on the supermarket shelves.

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Embracing the last of Summer with Montezumas

It might be September, with a distinct nip in the air already (at least down here in the South West) but that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on Summer. Not for me anyway, I’m holding out for a warm and sunshine filled day for my wedding at the end of the month, and what perfect way to manifest it than with a sun and sea inspired collection of chocolates from Montezumas?

Sea Dog has lime to spark your palette and a subtle tang of sea-salt as well- kind of a pregnant person friendly version of a tequila shot!

I love the bright pink packaging for Hot Pickle! This bar isn’t for the shy and retiring…I love chilli in chocolate so this is right up my street.

Summer and happiness go hand in hand. So does chocolate and hazelnut. Add in salted caramel too and I don’t see how this bar can fail to put a smile on your face. What a winner!

Coconut is the ultimate Summer flavour, and lemon brightens everything so I can see why this dark chocolate bar made it in to the collection. It sounds like the ultimate uplift!

I know not everyone approves of white chocolate, but I LOVE it. Creamy vanilla makes me think of ice cream on a beach, and the golden colour is reminiscent of the sand too.

All of these bars, plus a whole host of other delicious treats are available on the Montezumas website for £2.59 for a 90g bar. Which flavour are you going for first?