Our Best Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy and More

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Presents a collection of dessert recipes, including cupcakes, whoopie pies, cookies, candy, cakes, and frozen treats.
Publisher: Random House Inc 2014
New York :, Clarkson Potter/Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804137683
Branch Call Number: 641.86 S974 2014
Characteristics: 336 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Food Network (Firm)
Alternative Title: Food network magazine


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ksoles Sep 17, 2014

Don't let the kitchy cover of "Sweet" fool you; this comprehensive baking book contains no tinned pie filling, no pre-made tart shells and no aerosol whipping cream. Recipes occasionally call for standards like frozen phyllo dough but the majority start from scratch and contain clear, simple instructions that any home baker can master. Each recipe starts with a bit of advice and uses ingredients readily found in most grocery stores.

Chapters include Cupcakes & Whoopie Pies, Cookies & Bars, Candy & Snacks, Pies & Crumbles, Fake-Out Cakes, Show-Off Cakes, Frozen Treats, and Holiday Desserts; each has an astounding variety of recipes from the traditional to the more exotic. Every chapter also features a "twists" page; a basic whoopie pie recipe, for example, turns into numerous desserts with flavour additions and variations. Additionally, the book contains several fun projects: a "fake-out" cake that looks like a bowl of guacamole an an edible tree made of sour tape, gummy spearmint leaves and gummy dots. The book definitely falls short on substitutions for specialty diets, however; neither vegan-friendly nor gluten-free recipes get much real estate.

Most remarkably for such a large book, a beautiful colour photo accompanies each and every recipe. Both the table of contents and the index also include photos for easy reference and, finally, the book has an amazing reference page on tinting icing. Start with a bowl of white frosting, add the specified combination of standard food colouring drops and achieve every colour from forest green to cotton candy.

An excellent, all-encompassing book for the avid baker.


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