Cheats Treat: A Super Easy Dessert That Looks Way Fancier Than It Is.

Have you ever flippantly made a promise that you’d bring a fancy dessert to a dinner party and then completely forgot all about it? Then you find yourself with half an hour before the party and you’re trying to figure out if you can smoosh a frozen apple pie into a glass dish and pretend you made it? I’ve made this casual promise twice in the last two weeks and I’ve been twice saved by this jalousie recipe.  It’s made with canned pie fruit, frozen puff pastry and frozen blueberries. It’s easy as pie… or easy as jalousie.

What You Need

3 sheets of puff pasty

1 450gm can of apple pie fruit 

500gms frozen blueberries

1 egg

2 tablespoons of almond meal 

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence



What You Do



 Mix the apple, blueberries, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla in a bowl 


 Brush with egg and bake in a 180 degree fan forced oven for 25 mins or until pastry is golden and brown. 



It’s so easy and you can keep all the ingredients in your house for a ready to go emergency. I’ve made this with rough cut gluten free pasty and it was amazing. Just make sure you call it jalousie… because it’s hilarious.

What’s your fail safe emergency dessert? Or a staple that you take everywhere?

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Alisa Muir 3 years ago

    Not a fancy dessert so much but my “OMG” what the heck can I bake up real quick because I promised the kids dessert. OR what can I make for their lunches I just remembered there are no biscuits etc is a super easy 5 minute chocolate brownie in the microwave. Now its not going to win any awards but its quick (I can from scratch to cooked in ten mins) and the kids love it.

    • Author
      Smaggle 3 years ago

      I once saw an amazing mug recipe for a microwave chocolate cake. It was awesome.

  2. Rachel Pierce 3 years ago

    That situation is exactly why I make double batches of cookies and then only cook one tray. Everything else goes in the freezer and I take it out and bake as needed. Bonus, it’s much easier to get a consistent size when the dough is frozen/refrigerated.

  3. Lipstick & Cake 3 years ago

    Yum, would love this for breakkie this morning.

    My fail safe dessert is my chocolate brownies with salted caramel icing.

    • Author
      Smaggle 3 years ago

      It would actually be amazing for breakfast with yogurt! It’s not very sweet.

  4. Cilla Haywood 3 years ago

    Poires Pochee in Vin Rouge (red wine poached pears). But this one looks good and I am a bit partial to some puff pastry.

    • Author
      Smaggle 3 years ago

      It’s all about the fancy name. Say it with me ‘JALOUSIE!’

  5. Harlow 3 years ago

    One time I tried to make a lemon meringue pie from scratch…and it made me want to kill myself! This looks like something I could make and it would be such a good treat on a winter night 😀

    • Author
      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Oh man it’s SO EASY! And you can get all the ingredients at your local supermarket.

  6. Churapop 3 years ago

    My fail safe emergency dessert is…. chocolate rum balls! Too easy and bloody delicious!

    • Author
      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Ah! It’s been AGES since I made them… inspired!

  7. Nessbow 3 years ago

    My fail-safe easy dessert is golden syrup dumplings. They’re delicious, hearty and you can make them in the microwave. That means that you can be swanning about, chatting to your guests while the yummy things are cooking instead of chained to the stove.

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