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Short & Sweet Sophisticated Desserts in No Time at All Hardcover – June 8, 1999

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Melanie Barnard is the smartest cookie on the block. If cookbooks were rated based on innovative techniques and ideas, Short & Sweet might rank number 1. With Barnard's guidance, in 30 minutes or less and using seven ingredients or fewer, you can enjoy cupcake-size cream cheese cakes, virtually fool-proof soufflés, even an espresso-flavored Baked Alaska.

For everyday options, Barnard offers Roasted Strawberries, gloriously glazed with butter and sugar, among other fresh fruit recipes. Her Easiest-Ever Dessert Sorbet requires only the genius of freezing a can of apricots, then pureeing them, along with their syrup, in the food processor. Bittersweet Chocolate Drops are a cookie treat to make using Barnard's "melt-add-stir" technique, which produces cookie dough almost instantly. You need one pot, one baking pan, and no bowl. While Barnard believes in timesaving ingredients, from precut fresh fruit to frozen puff pastry, she also proves you can make good-as-grandma's Double Chocolate Pudding, from scratch, in a few minutes.

Short & Sweet's 150 recipes include something for everyone, from elegant, sophisticated Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse (which calls for marshmallow fluff) and a custardy Cherry Clafoutis any French chef would enjoy, to Classic Quick Fudge made with condensed milk. (This shortcut guarantees silky results, while it eliminates cooking the sugar to just the correct point and beating the fudge to make it creamy.) Thanks to this book, even the most novice cook or time-pressed hostess can serve up the same scrumptious, creative homemade desserts shown in Short and Sweet's eight mouthwatering color photos every day. --Dana Jacobi

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"Melanie Barnard is the smartest cookie on the block. If cookbooks were rated based on innovative techniques and ideas, SHORT & SWEET might rank number 1. With Barnard's guidance, in 30 minutes or less and using seven ingredients or fewer, you can enjoy cupcake-size cream cheese cakes, virtually fool-proof soufflés, even an espresso-flavored Baked Alaska...." Amazon.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395901456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395901458
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you love serving and eating wonderful desserts but don't have the time to toil over making something very time-consuming, this book is for you. Every one of the recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less, and lots of them look and taste as though you've spent hours in the kitchen. I made the almost-flourless chocolate cake pictured on the cover for a fancy dinner party recently, and every person at the table asked for the recipe. It was elegant-looking and downright decadently divine! I highly recommend this book.
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I was given this book as a gift. I particularly loved some of the cookie recipes --theytaste great and are so easy (and I have cookbooks in the thousands!) - great pudding cake and many of the fruit desserts are really wonderful. I've given two of these books to friends. Great for our busy life style --and even I (retired) need this quick!
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Easy to follow, delicious recipes for family and friends. Recommend it highly to seasoned cooks or beginners.
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Melanie Barnard is a sensible cook with a twinkle in her eye--or that's how it appears from this book. The recipes are practical and straightforward, easy to make and few require hard-to-find ingredients. But at the same time they are innovative and appealing, obviously written by someone who understands food and what pleases dessert lovers. Try this book. There are plenty of recipes for the sophisticated dessert lover as well as someone who likes things a little more down to earth.
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This book covers desserts for all tastes. It is wonderful for the experienced cook or the novice. The recipes are failproof, tasty and easy to assemble, however the finished products are very impressive in presentation. The book offers selections from rich chocolate, to light fruit, to exotic gourmet desserts.
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By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was pleased with Melanie Barnard's Short and Sweet because it makes life so easy! For a quick but elegant finish to a meal, its a snap when you select a dessert from here. The ingredients are few, readily available and she's made combining them fun and creative.
I've decided that for certain special people in my life, this book is the next gift coming their way.
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If you like simple, easy to follow recipes that are quick to prepare, this is the book for you. There aren't any hard to find ingredients and even a "non-baker" like myself can whip up these desserts.
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A large number of recipes are presented in this book; you will find almost anything you are looking for, from cakes to custards to pies. I must say, however, that this is a family cook book. The simplicity of the desserts make them suitable for the kids, a family gathering, etc, rather than a formal event where you would like to prepare something extravagant. The recipes do call for alcohol and not many of them turn out as you would expect even if you follow the recipe to the letter. Some baking timings and temperature are inaccurate as well, so you have to use your own experience and judgement in that matter. A nicely done book over all with an introduction for every recipe. Few photos, though, if you are the type who likes to see the finished product before attempting your hand at it.
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