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Classic Southern Desserts: All-Time Favorite Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Puddings, Cobblers, Ice Cream & More Hardcover – April 13, 2010

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For 40 years readers have trusted the experts at Southern Living magazine to inspire and guide their cooking for any and all occasions. Over 16 million readers turn to the magazine monthly for satisfying recipes, stories, and fresh ideas for kitchen, garden and home
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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848733304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848733308
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
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CLASSIC SOUTHERN DESSERTS is quite simply the best cookbook I have seen in a long time on Southern desserts-- perhaps the best ever-- and is destined to become a classic. Published by the editors of the magazine "Southern Living," it contains over 200 recipes that according to the writers were selected from more than 10,000 recipes over the past 40 years. And there are almost as many color photographs as there are recipes. The pictures which are breathtaking will make your salivate. Unlike many of recent cookbooks of Southern Desserts this one makes no attempt at nouvelle cuisine, whatever that means, and offers recipes as traditional as a family reunion. And if you are looking for "cooking lite," look someplace else. For the most part these recipes are heavy on butter, sugar, nuts, flour, coconut, etc., etc. There are few cake recipes, for instance, without icing-- piled high and deep-- cream cheese frosting, praline frosting, chocolate marshmallow frosting, milk chocolate frosting, vanilla buttercream frosting, caramel frosting, coconut cream cheese frosting, nutty cream cheese frosting, 7-minute frosting, luscious lemon frosting-- you get the picture.

The chapters of recipes are as follows: "Luscious Layers & Other Cakes," "Crunchy Cookies & Chewy Bars," "Cheesecakes To Die For," "Old-Fashioned Pies, Cobblers & Tarts," 'Sweet Breads & Coffee Cakes," "Bread Puddings, Custards and More," "Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts." There is also a chapter on tips for successful baking with 13 tips on baking the perfect pound cake, the most tempermental of cakes as far as I am concerned.

A big fan of both baking and eating cheesecakes, I thought there were no more recipes to be had on the subject. I was wrong.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Ramos on July 2, 2010
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This cookbook is gorgeous, but it relies WAY too much on box mixes and pre-packaged crusts. I was incredibly disappointed when I started reading the recipes and kept spotting ones that called for packaged-this or packaged-that. I don't understand the point of recipes that just ask you to combine box cake mixes with boxed pudding mixes and food coloring; those belong on the back of a manufacturer's box, NOT in a cookbooks.

This country relies far too much on so-called "convenience foods." Is it really that difficult to measure out a few cups of flour or a teaspoon or so of baking powder? This was not at all what I was expecting from a book about classic southern baking. Fortunately, there are some recipes that are completely from scratch in here, I just wish the whole book was this way.

The images here are lovely and they were enough to serve as inspiration for me to create my own recipes, but this is not a book that I would really recommend to any of my serious baker friends or readers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nancy C. De Young VINE VOICE on April 27, 2010
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"The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, but something else just as sweet happened in America that year- the first ice-cream parlor opened." What follows is a history of Ice Cream in America. Just an example of how interesting and thorough Southern Living editors are. I love their books! I do believe this one is a compilation of the best Southern desserts...with one exception...Tipsy Puddin'. Living in the South is a cultural and taste experience second to none. Church socials, family reunions, Sunday picnics ALL have DESSERT..you can count on sweet and memorable.

A few recipes include: Vanilla, Peach, and Unbelievable Chocolate Ice Creams, Granitas and Sherbets. Any pie you can think of, OF COURSE pecan...AND pecan pie cookies. Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Rum Raisin Filling, Lemon Bars, Macaroons, and the ULTIMATE Chocolate Chip Cookie. Cakes galore from Lane, Red Velvet, Hummingbird, Mississippi Mud, Texas Sheet, Cola Cake and Pound Cakes to die for...how about Buttered Rum Pound Cake With Bananas Foster Sauce? Caramel, Decadent Banana,Black Forest and last but NEVER least, Chocolate Turtle Cake. Coffee Cakes, Bread Puddings,and Cobblers too numerous to mention..but are they GOOD!

You can't miss with this cookbook. You will be the hit of the Charity Cake Auction, Sunday Church Social, or Family Reunion with any of the recipes on the 330 pages with loads of pictures sure to make you think about exercising just so you can have a serving! My Dad used to say "Life is uncertain, Eat Dessert First!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crucian skies on September 30, 2010
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This book has a nice variety of desserts. I have made the lemon poundcake, chocolate pudding, rice pudding and cream cheese poundcake twice (Yes! this needed an encore). Everything turned out perfect. I intend on trying alot more recipes from this book. It is now my favorite dessert book because of the easy instructions, simple ingredients and wonderful flavors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on June 2, 2011
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I am really glad I bought this book. I prefer all of my cookbooks to feature a lot of pictures so that I have some idea of what the end result should look like. This book has GREAT pictures.

Another reviewer complained that there are too many recipes that call for boxed cake mixes and convenience items. It's true that there are a lot of recipes that call for these items, but there are also plenty of "from-scratch" recipes. I myself don't mind recipes that call for convenience items since I work long hours and have a small kitchen. It's nice to be able to pick up a limited number of ingredients. But if you don't like convenience items in your desserts, you will still find plenty of great recipes in this book.

There are a ton of bread pudding recipes in this book, too. I LOVE bread pudding, and there are several recipes in here that I can't wait to try. There are also a lot of layer cakes, which I tend not to make often because they are a bit more labor intensive, but I love them nonetheless. I am looking forward to baking a lot from this book! And even if I don't end up baking much, the book is worth it to stare at the pictures and imagine baking elaborate desserts that the average person doesn't have time to bake. :-]
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