Sweet Stuff: Karen Barker's American Desserts by BARKER KARENSweet Stuff: Karen Barker's American Desserts by BARKER KAREN

Sweet Stuff: Karen Barker's American Desserts

byBARKER KAREN

Hardcover | August 1, 2008

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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 irresistable for everyone.

Title:Sweet Stuff: Karen Barker's American DessertsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:9.42 X 7.64 X 1.17 inShipping dimensions:9.42 X 7.64 X 1.17 inPublished:August 1, 2008Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0807828580

ISBN - 13:9780807828588

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Award-winning pastry chef Karen Barker draws on memories of her New York childhood and years of professional baking experience to present a collection of more than 160 recipes for classic American desserts for the home cook, from fruit pies and fritters to cookies and ice creams.