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The Chocolate Snowball: and Other Fabulous Pastries from Deer Valley Bakery Hardcover – October 1, 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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“Beautifully photographed with easy-to-follow instruction, Chocolate Snowball is not just a book of recipes but also a pastry cookbook in the true meaning of the term—teaching techniques, tools, terms, and resources that novice and experienced bakers will insist on having in their kitchens.”
—Flo Braker, author of Baking for All Occasions
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From Deer Valley—the Utah ski resort renowned for cuisine and service—Executive Pastry Chef Letty Halloran Flatt offers 126 of the resort’s tried-and-true recipes for breakfast treats, homemade breads, cookies, and ice creams, as well as pies and tarts, elegant cakes, and one-of-a-kind desserts. Blending years of experience and a penchant for fresh, natural flavors, she guides you every step of the way, with numerous pointers and trade secrets.
Each recipe is rated Easier to Expert, just like the trails at the ski resort. The book is also replete with anecdotes about Deer Valley and the bakery’s inner workings. The chapter “Fundamental Formulas” addresses the building blocks of a baker’s repertoire, followed by a glossary of ingredients, tools, terms, techniques, and resources. In addition, the author annotates each recipe with suggestions for high-altitude adjustments, as well as fat-free alternatives. And for those who live and bake at more than 3,000 feet above sea level, a whole chapter offers guidance on baking at those heights.
Whatever your locale or baking expertise, Chocolate Snowball offers exceptionally delicious recipes to enjoy with family and friends.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Three Forks; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560448288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560448280
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John K. Derby on February 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I live in the same town as this author, and have experienced first-hand her delectible creations. Not only are these recipes extraordinary, they are makable and edible. True gourmet without requiring ingredients from unknown Mediterranean villages. It is very difficult to bake at 7000+ feet, and these work (each recipe has altitude instructions if necessary). Amazingly, I emailed Letty for help with cream puffs (not in the book; mine were collapsing--not only did she return my email, she offered to taste-test them. Top notch chef, person, book. If live at altitude and love refined sugar, you need this book. Wherever you live, this book will not disappoint.
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By A Customer on February 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my mother as a gift. Before she even made her first dessert, she read the book cover to cover. She said she enjoyed the friendly manner in which it was written. My mother has been baking for 35 years so I trust her judgment. She has told me it's the best dessert cookbook she's ever seen. Highly recommended as a gift.
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By A Customer on February 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Not only are the recipes wonderful, directions for the appropriate adjustments to make for high altitude are given--and they work!
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This is a great book and the work of a generous spirit. Letty Flatt shares techniques and recipes that are precious pieces of knowledge -- Chocolate Snowball is a big book and a super value buy. The book will teach a beginner to bake while providing wonderful treats for those who have more experience. It is much more than just a dessert book, including tremendous breads. Chocolate Snowball will be well-thumbed and flour-dusted in many a happy kitchen.
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This gorgeous book has not only good recipes but is fun to sit down and read. You learn a lot about baking at high altitudes and it's almost like visiting Deer Valley. The sidelight comments are informative and friendly. My favorites: Grougeres, Blueberry Galliano Cheesecake, Carrot cake and Oatmeal Rosemary Scones and the twisted Sourdough bread (white and wheat together).
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I stumbled upon this cookbook at the library and was immediately taken by it even though I have never been to Deer Valley Bakery. What impressed me about this book was the sheer variety of unique recipes. I own a lot of cookbooks and check even more out of the library so seeing similar recipes from cookbook to cookbook is not unusual. This cookbook surprised me by containing so many unique and mouthwatering recipes that I hadn't seen elsewhere. My mouth watered when I stumbled upon recipes like Roasted Banana Panna Cotta, Caramel Cashew Tart, and Fat-Free McHenergy Bars. Many of the recipes are also accompanied by beautiful color photos which inspire you to try recipes that you might have otherwise overlooked. The cookbook also has much more than sweet pastries, despite what the name suggests. Inside you will find the expected sweet treats like cookies, cakes, and tarts, but there are also savory yeast breads and even a great basic recipe for a sourdough starter.

Not only does this book have unique recipes it also excels in many other areas. As others have mentioned, it's pretty helpful when it comes to high altitude baking. Beyond having the expected instructions at the end of each recipe for baking at high altitude, there is also a separate section in the back with tips and tricks. Even if you're not a high altitude baker Flatt finds a way to educate you with `The Baker's Pantry' a section that includes a glossary of ingredients, terms, tools, techniques and resources. This proves invaluable to the beginning baker and is also a handy quick resource for more experienced bakers.

It's also a cookbook that has a lot of versatility regardless of your level.
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I don't know how I stumbled upon this book, but I'm happy I did. I don't even live at a high altitude. I have made a couple of recipes from the book and they were great. I love the french silk pie recipe, delicious! I'm about to make the lemon bars tonight to bring to church tomorrow, so I hope they are as good as the others.
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Moved from sea level to 6000 feet and wondered why I couldn't successfully bake anything. This book has not only delicious recipes but also discusses how to bake at high altitudes. Got my baking mojo back! (Can also use recipes at sea level with good results.)
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