Anyone with family ties in central Europe--or who has traveled to Vienna, Budapest, Prague, or elsewhere in this part of the world--knows the unique elegance and delicate richness of nut tortes. In Fabulous & Flourless
, Mary Wachtel Mauksch, who grew up in Prague, shares 150 recipes for all kinds of pastries and sweets made with nuts and without any wheat flour. There are traditional favorites such as Walnut Poppy Seed Cake, Sachertorte, and Kastanienreis (Chestnut Rice), and original creations such as Almond Cappucino Cake and Peanut Brownies.
Fabulous & Flourless will delight those with a sweet tooth, and it is a heavenly gift for anyone avoiding wheat or gluten. There are no compromises here, only sublime, wheat-free treats. Measures are given by volume, in ounces and in grams, making this book useful in kitchens anywhere in the world.
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Fabulous & Flourless Many Traditional Viennese pastriessilky in texture and rich in tasteare made with ground nuts instead of flour. Whether you love nuts, admire fine Viennese pastries, or are allergic to wheat of dairy (as are many people with gluten allergies), Fabulous & Flourless will tempt you with its unique collection of decadent desserts. Fabulous & Flourless contains over 150 luscious traditional recipes from the author's childhood in Czechoslovakia. There are cakes and tarts, such as Chocolate Almond Sponge Cake, Walnut Fig Cake, and Linzer Torte; puddings and soufflés, including Toasted Hazelnut Pudding and Chestnut Soufflé and mousses, molds, and roulades, such as Almond-Strawberry Malakoff and Banana, Apple, and Pecan Dessert. There are also sublime cookiesCashew-Coffee Dollops and Almond Ginger Cookies; squaresPeanut Butter-Chocolate Squares; and candyHazelnut Marbles and White Almond Brittle. And there is a chapter on basics, offering superb recipes for foundations, such as tart crusts, and final flourishes, such as toppings and glazes. Fabulous & Flourless boasts a symphony of flavors. It offers something for every palate: Some desserts are bursting with fruit; others are made with the richest chocolatebut the real stars are the nuts. There are almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and chestnuts, to name only a few. More than just lending memorable flavors (and replacing unwanted flour), nuts bolster the nutrition, enhance the texture, and extend the shelf life of all these delicious desserts. Whether you are allergic to wheat gluten or just yearn for the inimitable taste of fine Viennese pastries, Fabulous & Flourless will become a favorite book to bake from again and again.