No oven required for perfect summer desserts in “No Bake Makery”

"No Bake Makery" features 80 oven-free treats.
“No Bake Makery” features 80 oven-free treats.

As the summer heat rolls in, our desire to use an oven rolls out. But the warm temps are no match for the cute and tasty two-bite treats that Cristina Suarez Krumsick, chef of No Bake Makery, creates without ever turning on an oven.

Her go-to appliance: the fridge. “You assemble the cake or pie and let the refrigerator do the work instead,” she says about the recipes found in her new cookbook, “No Bake Makery: More than 80 Two-Bite Treats Made With Lovin’, Not an Oven.”

And avoiding a steamy apartment isn’t the only perk of the no-bake experience. Krumsick’s recipes don’t follow strict measurements, making her treats as laid-back as your breezy summer attitude.

“With baking if you have too much of this or too much of that, you’ll ruin your cake,” says Krumsick. “The thing that’s so great about not having to use the oven is that you can play around with ingredients and it can still turn out really great.”

Go ahead, sign up to for dessert duty at your next barbecue.

Retro cake
“Serving size really helps with the presentation,” says Krumsick about her mini treats, “because everything that’s smaller tends to be cuter.”

Recipe: Retro Cake

Ingredients:
30 chocolate wafer cookies (Like Nabisco)
3 tablespoons cold water
1 packet (1 tablespoon) unflavored gelatin (found in the baking section of your grocery store; try Knox brand)
¾ cup frozen raspberries
¾ cup frozen blueberries
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 cups cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil and set aside.

2. Line the bottom of the pan with cookies (about 20). You may need to break some up to get them to fit just right.

3. Pour the cold water into a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the water; let sit for two minutes.

4. Combine the raspberries, blueberries and sugar in a medium heavy saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring a few times, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture becomes warm to the touch.

5. Stir in the gelatin mixture. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

6. Set aside.

7. Combine the heavy cream and vanilla in a large bowl and mix using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, three to four minutes.

8. Gently fold in the cooled raspberry mixture, taking care not to deflate the cream.

9. Pour about half the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth it with a rubber spatula. Insert the remaining wafers into the mousse vertically (this will make your cross section look cool when you slice it later).

10. Spread the remaining mousse over the wafers and smooth with the spatula.

11.Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.

12. Transfer the cake to a cutting board. Peel away the plastic wrap and slice into 1-inch squares.

Makes about 20 servings.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD: Man denied money punches 65-year-old at Bronx…

A 65-year-old man was punched and shoved at a D train station in the Bronx last week when he denied another man money, police said.

Local

New York Governor Cuomo's office intervened in corruption…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the…

International

South Korea ferry fugitive found dead with bags…

By Ju-min Park and Sohee KimSUNCHEON/INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea's most wanted man, whose heavily decomposed body was found in an orchard last…

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shaprio's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

Movies

Interview: 'Happy Christmas' director Joe Swanberg on making…

"Happy Christmas" filmmaker Joe Swanberg talks about the collaborative nature of his films with name actors and the difficulties of getting indies seen.

Gossip

Is Justin Bieber now a Calvin Klein underwear…

A source told the Daily Mail that Justin Bieber "has shot for Calvin Klein" and that they "hope the results will be released later this year." While probably…

Gossip

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

NFL

3 storylines to watch as Jets open training…

Jets head coach Rex Ryan might be in for an even tougher job in 2014 after arguably his best coaching job last season.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

Education

Elementary school students like their healthy school lunches…

  When the federal government first rolled out its healthier school meal guidelines in 2012, elementary schoolers weren't happy. Much was written about how America's…

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…