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If I Could Give It Zero Stars I Would.
on August 25, 2010
Those five star reviews must have come from the author's friends and family, people she clearly did not make eat the items in this book. I am a very experienced baker, with many supplies in the house, including things I have used for gluten and dairy free baking; yet I had to buy a number of things to make the "cheesecake," laying out quite a bit of cash to get started. This cheesecake was inedible! Simply awful. I actually had to wash my mouth out after taking a bite. First I made the lemon zesty cookies for the crust. These were bad. They were very sweet, yet heavy on lemon and the texture was simply dreadful. Imagine cookies that have sat in a plastic bag in a humid environment for about two weeks, and this was just cooled, fresh out of the oven. OK, I figured it really wouldn't matter since they were just for the crust. But the filling was even worse! It had a bitter aftertaste that was indescribably bad--akin to drinking some cough syrup. The crust was a mushy mess at the bottom and had to be scraped off the pie plate. The strawberry sauce on the side was edible, but not good. There is a much easier and tastier way to glaze strawberries: Just cook down some all natural jam--say seedless raspberry, and coat the berries; use the extra for some sauce.
If you need to bake healthy items try Fran Costigan's book. It isn't all gluten free, but some of it is and it is all dairy free. The recipes also all taste really good!