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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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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."
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
I am not sure why some people are not happy with the layout of the book. The only thing different in this cookbook from other cookbooks is the frosting or filling or glaze is not on the cake...cupcake...pie....brownie recipe page. all of those recipes on in a section of their own. The recipes are not at all hard to follow. Some are more complicated than others but all are doable and would not take a trained chef to make...create these deserts.
I think this book is a beautfiul easy to follow cookbook. The egg cream and soda recipes are a bonus in my opinion. I look forward to making more luscious goodies from Junior's Desert Cookbook.
This book is great because it has other desserts besides the Red Velvet Cheesecake; they all look super fabulous. Cant wait to try some for the holidays.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have made the red velvet layer cake - absolutely amazing. I made this cake for Xmas and my dad, 91 years old and who prefers plain cake, called me the other day and asked that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by DJC
i purchased this book then gave it away; but then i decided i needed it. glad i got it on amazon; price was better and it is a wonderful dessert cookbook. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ciaj
The cheese cake recipe came out super! Read all the directions and even if your experienced at making cheese cake -- trust the recipe and follow exactly. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Susan K. King
Best cookbook ever! I've been baking great cheesecakes for years, now I bake ultimate cheesecake! Thank you Junior!Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer