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Sticky Fingers' Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes Hardcover – February 16, 2012
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Since its arrival, my wife and I have made four recipes and only one could we mark "delish." The classic vanilla cake was ok. The kiwi curd found its way directly to the compost pile. The creamy vanilla filling for the little devils is "delish," but the little devils themselves are nothing to talk about (over a year ago, using the ingredients list from a little devils' wrapper, I created my own and utterly fantastic version).
We can't help but wonder if this book is loaded with typos when it comes to quantities and dimensions. The little devils recipe calls for a 17x11 baking pan. The batter in no way comes close to needing that much room and as a result, you get a cookie-thin cake (yes, we followed the vinegar instructions). The kick in the pants...we could see what was going to happen, but we figured the winner of Cupcake Wars would know what she was talking about. Call us George W..."fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." Yeah, that dumb.
Now, before you brush off our comments (we noticed a lot of the 5-stars were just going on about having the book, not necessarily making anything), we do bake, all the time. Unfortunately, thanks to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, we are chubby vegans. We have NEVER had one of Colleen's recipe's go wrong, whether they come from The Joy of Vegan Baking or The Vegan Table.Read more ›
The first section is all about baking, chemistry, how various elements of baking work, and, most importantly, how vegan baking works. Understanding these principles means you'll have more confidence in the future if you want to try and convert other recipes into something vegan.
So far, I've made a handful of the recipes in the book.
First - they are always delicious.
Second - they aren't foolproof (while the champagne cupcake with passion fruit frosting was mindblowingly delicious, the cake came out a strange consistency that I wouldn't share with friends). I followed the directions to a T and I've had other vegan baking successes, so it was a tad disappointing.
Third - this book is gold for anyone who loves sweets...you do NOT have to be vegan to enjoy these treats.
My other warning is that in both of the classes I took with Doron, she talked about recipe creation mistakes - servings being 10 times what they were supposed to, etc. Hearing these things makes me a little nervous about how comprehensive their recipe testing is at Sticky Fingers. It's always delicious, and I adore them more than words can say. However, I suspect the issue with the champagne cupcakes had more to do with the measurements included than my technique.
So...my advice is BUY THIS BOOK. COOK FROM THIS BOOK. DEVOUR EVERYTHING YOU MAKE FROM THIS BOOK. Just don't be surprised if one or two of the recipes yields something unexpected.
I was eager try the recipes from this book because it looked beautiful and the recipes sound amazing. Unfortunately, the recipes are either blatantly incorrect, or intentionally so. For example: 1) the Blueberry Pie on page 207. 1 pint of fresh blueberries does not even fill this pie halfway! If you're OK with your pie being half filled, then go ahead and try it. Halfway through making this pie, I had to call my husband and have him stop at the store for more blueberries. Later I still had to add some frozen (thawed first) blueberries because it still wasn't enough. In my opinion, the recipe should have called for at least 2 1/2 pints of fresh blueberries. You could possibly get away with 2 pints, but 2 1/2 would have been ideal.
2) The cooking time for the same pie is 25 minutes total on 400 degrees. Where on God's green earth would any pie be fully cooked in 25 minutes?? I checked the pie at 25 minutes and increased the cooking time by 15 minutes, therefore taking it to 40 minutes, and still not done. Increased another 15 minutes and then another 5 minutes. So all in all, the pie took an hour to become a nice golden brown.Read more ›
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Love the language in this book, the pictures are great....i'm still trying to see where I'm going wrong with some of the recipes...... Read morePublished 1 month ago by beautifulsong
We visited Sticky Fingers in Washington DC and then bought the recipe book. The recipes can be challenging, but the results are great!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I just did not find any blow-me-away-ideas here. The one item the family really liked was the Key Lime Pie , my son's favorite. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Grania
Easy to follow recipes. Vegan friends love that I can make desserts for them now. Every recipe I have tried has turned out well.Published 10 months ago by Julie K.
Vegan baked goods that taste awesome and easy to follow recipes, what more could you ask for.Published 12 months ago by Cyndi
Loved the recipes.. I have egg allergy that is severe I can have sweets again.. love her on cupcake wars on food network.. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am not a baker but this book help you through all the intricacies of measuring, frosting, etc. I wish it had more photos. Really good purchase!Published on March 18, 2014 by Amazon Customer
My fault for not reading I did not want vegan but gluten free, just not the same and so will be passing it on to some one else.Published on February 20, 2014 by keri Banister
I've made pretty much all of these recipes now (well, maybe not all, but a lot) and the instructions are clear and the results delicious. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Big Reader