Sweet Stuff

Karen Barker's American Desserts

By Karen Barker
(University of North Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9780807828588, 320pp.)

Publication Date: April 2004

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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"Like many people, I believe that one should always save room for dessert," says Karen Barker. Inspired by this sumptuous collection of more than 160 easy-to-follow dessert recipes, you may decide to skip dinner altogether and head straight for the sweet stuff.
Drawing on years of professional experience as well as memories of cooking and baking from her New York childhood, Barker gives us the benefit of cooking alongside an experienced mentor. Starting with the fundamentals, she offers advice on selecting key ingredients, suggestions for essential kitchen equipment, and even tips on ways to fit dessert-making into the busiest of schedules.
Her recipes begin with pastry doughs, sauces, and special toppings that serve as building blocks for other desserts and provide a foundation for home cooks eager to improve their skills. Chapters on pies, fruit desserts, custards, cakes, ice creams, cookies, and breakfast-like desserts feature familiar favorites with a twist, such as key lime coconut pie with rum cream, deep-dish brown sugar plum cobbler, dark chocolate Peppermint Pattie cake, and cornmeal vanilla bean shortbreads. "Sweet Stuff" offers something irresistible for everyone.
Drawing on years of professional experience as well as memories of cooking and baking from her New York childhood, award-winning pastry chef Karen Barker gives us the benefit of cooking alongside an experienced mentor. Starting with the fundamentals, she offers practical advice on selecting key ingredients, suggestions for essential kitchen equipment, secrets for success, and tips on ways to fit dessert-making into the busiest of schedules. The recipes include familiar favorites with a twist, such as key lime coconut pie with rum cream, deep-dish brown sugar plum cobbler, dark chocolate Peppermint Pattie cake, and cornmeal vanilla bean shortbreads.

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