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Petite Sweets: Bite-Size Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth Hardcover – September 21, 2009
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The desserts are tiny and adorable, and the recipes are simple, but the book conveys a wintry sparsity at odds with its subject matter. Furthermore, the author has sacrificed quality and flavor to simplicity: anyone who has ever had real dulce de leche can tell you that it cannot be imitated by melting Brach's milk caramels with heavy cream.
If what you are looking for is a resource to help you create the perfect bite, this is not the book for you.
So, basically, this is book full of recipes of adorable, miniature desserts. The idea behind mini-desserts is that you can eat a smaller portion because it's healthier, because you don't want any more than just a little somethin', or because you want to sample lots of mini-desserts. These are all good thoughts in my book! And on top of that, the presentations of these charming sweets, thanks to lots of wonderful photos, is inspiring enough to make me want to whip up a few of everything in the book.
Petite Sweets contains chapters on Basics; Little Cakes; Petite Pies and Tarts; Fruit and Berry Desserts; Mousses and Chilled Desserts; Creams, Custards, and Frozen Desserts; and Pastries and Sweets. I think you'll agree that that pretty much covers the sugary territory. Most of the recipes are fairly simple--in some cases a little more basic than I might have chosen, but the author, Beatrice Ojakangas, offers useful advice on how to adapt other favorite recipes for miniature versions. And some of her shortcuts are just plain clever, such as using a whole vanilla wafer as the base of a miniature cheesecake.
A lot of the recipes call for specialized mini baking dishes, but there are helpful substitutions like to use mini muffin tins with foil cupcake liners for those of us who don't yet own 24 miniature baking ramekins. And who are you kidding? You know you'll be prowling Williams-Sonoma waiting for a variety of mini pans and dishes to go on sale. How can you resist, when the results are so darn cute and scrumptious?Read more ›
That is where it stops. Most of this book can be had from the check out isle of the grocery store in a betty crocker holiday special recipe book. The presentation suggestions are boring, the end product is simple and lack luster; not everything has a photo. Most things are presented to the view in the exact same way using the same or similar plating.
really not good.....worth a dime store or yard sale purchase at best. Not full price or even sale price. Seriously thinking of going thru the trouble of sending it back. It is already clear this will just sit on the shelf til if finds it way back on the amazon.com site as a used sale item from me.
Yep, it's going back.
The appeal is in the cute size of the desserts, utilizing things like shot glasses and special mini ramikens or cups that hold 1-2 ounces of the dessert. The recipes themselves are simple with colorful and inspiring photos.
I did enjoy looking through this book and came away with some good ideas.
I really liked her chapter called Basics where she described various types of cooking equipment and ingredients used in her cookbook.
Some of the recipes you will find in her cookbook include:
Chocolate Velvet Cakes
Dulce de Leche Cream Puffs
Creamy Pumpkin Mini Mousses
Maple Pecan Pies
You will find color images illustrating recipes found in her cookbook. There is an interactive table of contents making navigation easy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is the best book I have read that is for small amounts. The recipes are ones I would be proud to serve others. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cathern Hart
Thank you for this wonderful book - beautiful photos and ideas !!Published 6 months ago by Kathleen Obrien
I thought that was better. Not too much desserts, and they look amateur.Published 16 months ago by Camyle Foley