Hyperion, 2003 (2003)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
he subtitle of
Easy Delicious Desserts and Nothing Is Made from Scratch
'; these are desserts you can prepare in minutes with products from your cupboard. In a '
Letter from Sandra
', the author states that '
Dessert, like life, is short and sweet ... Dessert is one of life's simple pleasures - especially when made with ease, the Semi-Homemade way. We all need to take the time to smell the roses, particularly when they're buttercream.
' Works for me.
t the head of every chapter in this new cookbook are helpful hints, tips and tricks for making your desserts come out looking like the photographs (which by the way are outstanding). Now to the luscious part - the desserts themselves. The word
doesn't quite cut it with this cookbook. The chapter titled
From the Package
starts off with a very novel
Vanilla Cupcake Bouquet
. Then on to
Frosty Lemon Chiffon Pie
- to kill for. I used to make a pretty mean pound cake, but this
Triple Lemon Pound Cake
would give mine a run for its money. Moving on to
From the Chocolatier
, we have
Frozen English Toffee Cake
Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Gonache Frosting
, and (heaven help me)
Peanut Butter Mini Mud Pies
From the American Classics
, we find
Award-Winning New York Blintzes
. Also my downfall, bread pudding in the form of
Chicago Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Sauce
, and my late husband's favorite,
Boston Cream Pie
. There's a chapter devoted to
from the entertainment field. Various stars (forget who, it's their desserts that count here) contributed recipes for
Amazing Chocolate Almond Biscotti
Silky Smooth Apricot Mini Cakes
Fabulous Fried Ice Cream
Perfect Pound Cake Trifle
, to name just a few. Next are desserts
For the Bake Sale
. Where were these ideas when I was a busy Mom?
Fruit Pizza Pie
Oatmeal Date Spice Cookies
- all imaginative and guaranteed fast selling. Feel
Soft and Sexy
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Sensuous Chocolate Truffles
is a must as is the
For the Special Occasion
is an absolute whirl of lovely ideas and the know-how to produce them.
The Perfect Package
is a wonder.
an't forget the holidays, from Valentine's Day to Kwanzaa. I love the
Mother's Day Bonnet Cake
(hint, hint, daughters of mine.) And I can't resist a fruitcake -
Christmas Spicy Wreath Fruitcake
looks moist and full of good stuff. Planning on entertaining? There are a wealth of tips in
For the Host
. How about
Gorgeous Garden Party
Exotic Arabian Buffet
? Whatever your party theme, Sandra Lee has hints and tips that would adapt to your occasion. Get the feeling I like this book? You're so right. I do.
would make a great holiday gift - or a useful addition to your own cookbook collection.
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