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Lee Bailey's Country Desserts Hardcover – August 11, 1998

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Buckling under the weight of 120 delicious recipes and a wealth of lavish, full-color photographs, Lee Bailey's Country Desserts is as big in size as it is on taste. Inspired by the warming and satisfying desserts of his childhood, Bailey devotes an entire cookbook to these lovely puddings, cakes, cookies, and custards, and indulges us with recipes borrowed from family and friends. Here is his grandmother's favorite Peppermint Candy Ice Cream, his Aunt Cora's Banana Layer Cake, and Aunt Freddie's Graham Cracker Pickups. And, happily, creating these fabulous desserts doesn't call for gimmicky kitchen tools, gadgets, or fancy, cordon bleu ingredients, either. Bailey cooks the old-fashioned way--requiring elbow grease for mixing, lots of butter for greasing the pan, and no low-fat or no-fat substitutions. His desserts are heavy on flour, egg whites, sugar, and butter--but definitely not low on taste. His Blackberry Cobbler is a dream come true--oozing with the exquisite taste of six cups of fresh blackberries and topped with homemade ice cream, whipped cream, or perhaps a dash of custard. And who can resist his easy-to-make Honey Custard--which bakes in just 40 minutes?

Bailey divides his recipes up into distinct chapters for quick-and-easy reference--from ice cream and ices to kids' desserts, with cakes, cobblers, cookies, and other goodies in between. His chatty and informative directions and the book's large-sized pages make cooking these desserts a pain-free experience. This is a truly scrumptious and satisfying collection of old-fashioned favorites. --Naomi Gesinger

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From soothing Applesauce Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting to a sinful Chocolate Cream Pie with Chocolate Meringue, Lee's desserts always entice, and his message of good food and easy entertaining is perfectly suited to the tastes of today's hosts and guests. Full-color photographs.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (August 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517187493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517187494
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
THIS IS A MUST HAVE IF YOU ARE A COLLECTOR OF COOKBOOKS, AND/OR ENJOY BAKING. MR. BAILEY'S BOOKS ARE NOT JUST FOR THE RECIPES, EVEN THOUGH HIS ARE EXCEPTIONAL--ESPECIALLY THE SNICKERDOODLE RECIPE LOCATED IN THIS BOOK--THEY ARE ALSO A FEAST FOR THE SENSES.
IF YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY YOU SHOULD ALSO TRY TO OBTAIN A FEW OF HIS OUT OF PRINT BOOKS, SUCH AS LEE BAILEY'S CITY FOOD, AND LEE BAILEY'S GOOD PARTIES. HIS RECIPES AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE VERY EASY TO FOLLOW. I HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED WITH HIS WORK, AND HIS PHOTOGRAPHER, JOSHUA GREENE, DOES JUSTICE TO ALL THE RECIPES THAT APPEAR.
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I have tons of cookbooks but this is one of about 5 that never leave the kitchen. The recipes are easy to follow and always turn out well. It is definitely not for the calorie conscious (9 egg yolks for a quart of ice cream!) but everything is delicious!The writing style is simple and homey and the pictures make you want to cook everything immediately.
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When it comes to desserts-- this is my favorite cookbook. As much as I try to find new sources, I keep coming back to this one. Some of our favorites are the lemon squares, rhubarb pie (though I make it w/ the crust from the apple pie-- as it is the best crust recipe I've found), the sour cream pound cake (usually w/ lemon juice and zest in place of the vanilla), and the thumbprint cookies (I often use coconut in place of nuts to roll the cookies in-- but they're great either way). I find that many other cookbooks are hit or miss, but this one has been the most reliable. Everything I've tried has been either good or great.
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This book is very well organized. I personally love a cookbook with all of the recipes in color photos.The ice cream section has a wide variety to chose from. Not a book for calorie-consciensious,but definitely worth having if you enjoy entertaing.
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This is a fantastic book! Just reading thru and looking at the pictures is a great experience. It brings back fond memories and rememberances of a more peaceful time. Every recipe therein makes you want to cook and entertain friends.
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I have tried several recipes from this book and not only are they truly old fashioned desserts, every single on of them turns out perfect and they actually look like the picture in the book. Our favorites include the lemon squares, blondies, and devil's food cake! This book is a permanant resident in my kitchen and gets used frequently!
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Lee Bailey takes you back into a childhood where calories were necessary to sustain a growing active body. Lee's is a world of wonderful evenings on the porch cranking the handle of a ice cream freezer with anticipation of consuming it contents with a luscious layer cake piled high with thick creamy seven-minute icing.
Once-a-year in today's sedentary world one should indulge with one of his marvelous and easy to create recipes.
If nothing else keep this title near your arm chair to indulge in remembrances of times past and calories lost because you can taste the sweetness from the pictures.
I made the summer pudding with freshly-picked blackberries for the 4th of July feast this year. Of course, it didn't look like his picture and non-fat Cool Whip isn't real whipped cream, but there weren't any leftovers.
Nash Black, author of SINS OF THE FATHERS.
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Lee Bailey's Country Desserts not only have fabulous recipes for the ages, but you'll love the fresh photos throughout the book. I have to say, the Molasses Cookies in this book are some of the best cookies I've ever made and my friends and family request them every Christmas season. No one guesses the "secret ingredient", but it is what puts them over the top from other Ginger Snap-type cookies. The Carrot Cake is also TDF, but make it the day before serving as it gets better over time. I bought a copy for my daughter because EVERY baker needs this in his or her cookbook library. You won't be disappointed.
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