Our First Comprehensive Dessert Book in a Decade
Part cookbook, part handbook, Desserts Illustrated is the last word on the last (but definitely not the least) course. We far exceed previous explorations of the world of sweets, teaching all types of candies, custards, frozen treats, and fruit desserts in addition to a bounty of baked goods. With 600+ recipes, you can find modern desserts for bakers and nonbakers alike such as Pear Crisp with Miso and Almonds and Ginger-Turmeric Frozen Yogurt living next to the classics such as Shortbread and Flourless Chocolate Cake. This collection of recipes is creative, generous, approachable, a little bit eccentric, and always smart. Just like you.
Some of what you'll find inside
Lemon–Sour Cream Cookies
Our lemon cookies have a fluffy-yet-sturdy texture with a crumb that is simultaneously moist and light and airy. To achieve this unique texture, we reached for sour cream, which contributed moisture and richness while tenderizing the cookies' crumbs. Creaming the butter and sugar with the lemon zest helped release the oils from the lemon zest, enhancing the lemon flavor. A lemon–cream cheese glaze was a nice finishing touch that balanced the flavor and delivered a second hit of clean citrusy flavor.
Hazelnut-Chocolate Crepe Cake
Our lemon cookies have a fluffy-yet-sturdy texture with a crumb that is simultaneously moist and light and airy. To achieve this unique texture, we reached for sour cream, which contributed moisture and richness while tenderizing the cookies' crumb. Creaming the butter and sugar with the lemon zest helped release the oils from the lemon zest, enhancing the lemon flavor. A lemon–cream cheese glaze was a nice finishing touch that balanced the flavor and delivered a second hit of clean citrusy flavor.
Sweet, juicy strawberries and bright, tart rhubarb combine to make a beautiful dessert with compelling contrast and complexity, and baking them together under a crisp topping is literally easier than pie. Since different batches of strawberries and rhubarb exuded varying amounts of liquid in this dessert, we mixed them with brown sugar and just enough cornstarch and then cooked them on the stovetop to coax out excess liquid. Once the fruit filling had just the right consistency, we covered it with an easy stir-together crisp topping and popped the dessert in the oven until it was just golden brown.
What you'll find inside:
- Brown Sugar Berry Shortcakes
- Skillet Peach Cobbler
- Apple-Blackberry Betty
- Rum-Glazed Roasted Pineapple
CREAMY SPOON DESSERTS
- Fresh Strawberry Mousse with Frozen Strawberries
- Chocolate Bread Pudding
- Tipsy Squire Trifle
- Orange-Cardamom Flan
- Caramel Apple Turnovers
- Double Chocolate Eclairs
- Churros with Mexican Chocolate Sauce
- Pecan Kringle
- Espresso Meringue Cookies
- Lemon Meringue Cake
- Chocolate Angel Pie
- Pavlova with Fruit and Whipped Cream
Item Number: CL41
Item Weight: 2 pounds
More about Desserts Illustrated:
A Classic “Forever” Dessert Companion
Incorporates in-depth info on techniques new and timeless, lots of stunning dessert photos and informative illustrations, tutorials to make more-challenging recipes easy to follow, and new recipes with fantastic flavor.
Inspires Confidence in Every Cook
Like with Meat Illustrated and Vegetables Illustrated, we introduce each dessert category with illustrated essays on how to prep (should you whip cold or room-temperature eggs?) and cook (do you need a water bath for cheesecake?). These set you up for success with the recipes that follow.
Dessert concepts are taught within an exciting organization focusing on a taxonomy of 10 major desserts that break into 117 distinct dessert categories from crisps, crumbles, and cobblers to ice cream, frozen custard, and gelato.
Fun Dessert Categories Appeal to Nonbakers, Too
We pick up where baking books leave off. Find pies that don’t need the oven such as Caramel Turtle Icebox Pie, candy cravers’ delights such as Fluffy Vanilla Marshmallows, frozen scoops such as gelato and Indian kulfi, and fruits such as Apricot Spoon Sweets that top rich yogurt.