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Junior's Dessert Cookbook: 75 Recipes for Cheesecakes, Pies, Cookies, Cakes, and More Hardcover – October 18, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600853927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600853920
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not ones to keep secrets, Rosen, the grandson of Junior's founder, and Allen ("Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook") start with the recipe that has been the backbone of Junior's success, the New York Cheesecake. They present a nice collection of recipes accompanied by historical and anecdotal sidebars that do not distract. If there are any surprises here it is the inclusion of a small group of soda fountain desserts, including egg creams, freezes, shakes, malts, and sundaes. The bulk of the recipes are mostly standards of the restaurant: tall cakes, down-homey pies, cupcakes, and tarts and cookies. The authors even reach into the archives of Junior's first menu and include a recipe for Nesselrode Whipped Cream Pie, a rum custard pie, largely absent from contemporary menus.
Verdict There is a definite New York influence here, seen in egg creams, rugelach, and desserts inspired by black-and-white cookies; however, with a troubleshooting section and baking hints along the way, this book could easily be used as a resource for standard desserts. The recipes are too good to passup"."" --""Library Journal"

About the Author

Alan Rosen, the grandson of Junior's founder, Harry Rosen, is the third generation co-owner (with his father, Walter, and brother, Kevin) of Junior's restaurants in Brooklyn, Times Square, Grand Central Station, and at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. He also oversees Junior's mail-order and wholesale businesses, as well as its online business, juniorscheesecake.com. Alan makes regular appearances on QVC and The Food Network.

Beth Allen is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and co-author of "Welcome to Junior's"! and "Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook."

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Customer Reviews

Great recipes, and easy to follow.
Would recommend for great desserts to wow your family and friends.
Would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to bake!!
Joyce A.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Junior's is well known for their cheesecakes, which are considered by many to be the best in the world. Located in Brooklyn, it's a must-go for lots of visitors to New York.

So if you're a cheesecake lover, you're going to be thrilled they have a cookbook now, and the book does start with some great cheesecake recipes. Classic New York style to start with, then getting into more complicated cheesecakes. Personally I had to wipe up a little drool after just reading the recipe for the Red Velvet Cheesecake which is a "skyscraper" style cake, 5 inches tall with cake, cheesecake and cream cheese icing. The tiramisu charlotte is a new favorite for my family.

After the cheesecake recipes comes a chapter on soda fountain desserts. Perfect egg creams, orange freeze drinks, milkshakes, malted and ice cream treats. As much as I love cheesecake, this is my favorite chapter. My family loves ice cream, I'm pretty sure if you asked my dad, he would say it's favorite food. This is the chapter for hot sunny days.

Black and Whites covers two-tone desserts that are stylish and tasty. Cheesecakes, cookies, malteds and a couple other recipes. The Oreo Little Fellows look like the perfect cool dessert for my daughter's July birthday.

Layer Cakes and Cupcakes is self explanatory and full of wonderful baked goods. My favorite in this chapter is Grandma's Lemon Loaf. It's plain looking compared to the rest of the desserts, but I love loaf cakes.

Pie Shoppe has whipped cream pies, adorable tartlets and classic pie recipes. Recommended- the Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie.

Save Room For Dessert has recipes that don't fit into the rest of the chapters like blintzes, brownies, cookies and pudding. It even includes a recipe for fried cheesecake.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Literary Wonders! VINE VOICE on August 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The story of Junior's dates back to 1895 when Barnett and Sarah Rosen relocated from the Ukraine to a lower east side tenement building in Manhattan. Junior's founder, Herschel Rosen was born in 1904. The Rosen family was very resourceful and after saving $1500 bought into partnership with a local luncheonette. In the 1920s, Herschel, who went by Harry, opened a Enduro Sandwich Shop in the area of DeKalb and Flatbush in Brooklyn. The family business endured financial crisis such as the crash of 1929, but came back stronger than ever in the early 1930s. Junior's opened on November 7, 1950, Election Day, and began a New York tradition. Today, in addition to being known for its great foods and great service, Junior's is known for its amazing desserts and famous cheesecake.

Junior's Dessert Cookbook is filled with decadent recipes like "be mine" valentine cheesecake, red velvet cheesecake, Junior's orange freeze, Junior's mud pie and chocolate ganache. The book also has recipes for diabetics or those looking for sugar free desserts. The cookbook has recipes for cooking basics like piecrusts and whipped topping. In addition, as if this cookbook couldn't be any more awesome, the end of the cookbook has a trouble shooting section. The troubleshooter answers questions and provides solutions to fallen cakes, sticky dough and curdled custard. This is great cookbooks has many recipes that I will be trying very soon!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Succotash on June 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Junior's restaurants in New York are known for great food and delicious cheesecakes. Junior's Dessert Cookbook contains 75 recipes including their famous cheesecakes, layered cakes, and pies. The chapter on the basics includes sauces, buttercreams, and decorations for the different desserts. And if you become stuck or there is a problem with the baked items, the table at the back of the book lists probable causes and how to fix it next time around.

Chapters include recipes for all their favorites: Junior's Famous Cheesecakes; Fabulous Soda Fountain Desserts; Black & White; Junior's Layer Cakes and Cupcakes; Junior's Pie Shoppe; Save Room for Dessert; For Those Watching Their Sugar; Baker's Basics; What to Do If Your Dessert Is Not Perfect; and Metric Equivalents.

All in all, a good dessert cookbook. Their cheesecakes are the main draw to their menus, and the recipes for them deliver. The recipes stress using quality ingredients, and the many tips encourage successful baking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren on February 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Junior's Restaurants, a small focussed chain of restaurants on the east coast of the USA has an international reputation and no doubt a growing one internationally as word spreads about their wonderful range of delicacies.

A rather splendid book of mouth-watering desserts has been released (one of the co-authors is a co-owner of the chain and grandson of the chain's founder) that showcases, with pride, some of the delights that have impressed Junior's customers over time. Now it is possible that you can attempt to recreate some of their marvels at home too.

Immediately upon picking up this book you can sense that it is a classy tome that just oozes out inspiration and encouragement to give the recipes a try. First, however, you get to read a bit about Junior's history and how it has developed. Despite never visiting a Junior's restaurant it was interesting to rote just how strong a relationship had been formed with its customers - such as the time when a fire was ravaging in the building and customers were anxiously standing outside, full of hope, shouting "save the cheesecake" as a sign of their love for the institution that Junior's had become.

This is the third recipe book that Junior's has produced in its 60-odd years of trading and this really is a winner.

It is clear that cheesecake has formed the heart of Junior's and cheesecake features heavily within the recipe selection. However other delicious desserts are also featured.

Interesting narratives accompany each recipe and you find that they are quite easy to follow and do not require any particularly esoteric ingredients or special knowledge and experience. Making good desserts is an art form.
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