What Desserts Can I Make On the Stove?

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Q: I'm an exchange student living in Shanghai for the semester. My kitchen is pretty limited. I have two burners and a fridge/freezer, a frying pan and a cheap pot. And since I only have two months left, I'm not exactly interested in buying any more kitchen appliances or pans.

The pasta, stir-frys and egg dishes I've been making have kept me pretty content with savory food, but I'm at a loss for dessert. Any ideas for bake-less sweets that taste like they could've come from an oven?

Sent by Ariel

Editor: Ariel, here are a couple of posts on no-bake desserts that might be helpful!

What Can I Bake Without An Oven?
Favorite Quick, Easy, No-Bake Desserts

There's always the classic no-bake chocolate cookies, and no-bake cornflake cookies too. Both of those involve making a syrup on the stove and mixing in oats or cereal.

Readers, do you have other stovetop desserts that fit the craving for something homebaked?

Related: Recipe: D.I.Y. Chocolate Pudding

(Image: Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.