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Sugarlicious Paperback – February 7, 2012
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About the Author
Meaghan Mountford has been a professional cookie decorator for over a decade. Mountford’s cookies have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Modern Bride and Chocolatier magazine. She is the edible crafts editor at the popular website CraftGossip.com, and her blog, The Decorated Cookie, has been featured on hundreds of sites, including Saveur, Bright Ideas, The Hostess with the Mostess, The Kitchn, Readers Digest, and MSN. Visit her at TheDecoratedCookieBlog.com.
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Almost every recipe ingredient should be available in your supermarket. The exceptionsmeringue powder, candy melts and glycerinshould be available in the baking aisle of any craft store. Check the Resources for stores and online suppliers.
Baking soda and baking powder. Both are leavening agents, and baking powder contains baking soda, but even so, don't mix these up.
Butter. Use good-quality, unsalted sticks of butter. But if you accidentally bought salted, you'll be fine. Just reduce the salt in the recipe a smidgen.
Cake flour. The recipe for petits fours calls for cake flour. Cake flour has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour, which means it produces less gluten and makes for a smoother, more tender cake.
Candy melts. These are also known as candy coating, wafers or confectionary coating. Of a similar consistency to chocolate chips and shaped like a disk, candy melts melt smoothly to easily coat sweets. Candy melts come in a variety of flavors (chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, butterscotch) and colors (white, brown, green, orange, pink, red, purple, black, yellow, blue and more). You'll likely find the Wilton brand in the craft store. Other brands, available in specialty stores and online, include CK Products, Make 'n Mold and Merckens. Check the Resources for tips on where to buy.
Chocolate chips. To melt chocolate, chips are the easiest. Semisweet and milk chocolate are used here.
Clear vanilla extract. If it's not in your supermarket, find this in the craft store or specialty stores. This is handy when making fondant and icing as the color stays a purer white. You may use regular vanilla extract in recipes calling for clear vanilla extract, but you will need to add additional white food coloring if your decoration requires white fondant or icing.
Confectioners' sugar. Confectioners' sugar is also known as powdered or icing sugar. Choose the larger, two-pound bag, as you will use quite a bit of this. If you use organic sugar in recipes for icing or fondant, note that it is not bleached, so your icings will have a brown hue. Simply add additional white food coloring to brighten the icing or fondant.
Eggs. Crack open the large ones.
Flour. Unless otherwise noted, use all-purpose flour.
Fruit preserves. You may brush petits fours with fruit preserves between layers, or coat the tops and sides to enable fondant to adhere when covering petits fours.
Gelatin. Available in the supermarket, this is used to make homemade rolled fondant.
Glycerin. A sweet, clear, viscous liquid useful to prevent icing from drying out, this is used to make homemade rolled fondant. Find it in the craft store.
Granulated sugar. Standard table sugar will do.
Light corn syrup. This is an ingredient in royal icing, fondant and candy clay, but it also makes a great "glue" for edible crafting.
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In response to another reviewer who said the recipes and techniques are on her blog, as an avid reader of Meaghan's blog...I am pretty confident that most of the projects are new for the book. Yes, some of the techniques are on the blog, but would I rather search a blog, bring my computer to the kitchen, mess with it going into "hibernate mode" while my fingers are sticky with sugar and fondant, OR would I rather have a beautiful book? A book I can hold in my hands, a book I can make notes in, a book I can use without having to get my computer keys sticky? I always choose the book. :)
If you're looking for a book full of easy-to-recreate, fun, and colorful treats, you'll find it in Sugarlicious.
For the people who bought it who are not happy, well, I don't really know what they expected. If they knew her site and knew her work they would have known what to expect.
Buy Sugarlicious. I promise, you won't be disappointed. And continue to check out her site. It is great. She even has giveaways. She is wonderful. The book is awesome. Don't know what else to say. If I could give it more than five stars, I would.
I DO think that everyone needs to know something IMPORTANT. You do NOT have to EVER have iced a cookie (or baked one for that matter) or worked with fondant AT ALL. In fact, I bought those extra copies for all my girl buddies who keep bugging me to teach them what I do! HA! Now this book can!
When I first started baking/decorating, I was overwhelmed - but this book REALLY breaks it down and tells you what you need and you would be surprised that 1/2 of the "tools" you probably have lying around your house RIGHT NOW.
My daughter and I have a plan to make each and every one of these treats - I can not wait for those memories!
This is a SWEET price for an ever SWEETER book.
The tips and shortcuts are really helpful and insightful. I am especially excited to make the Christmas petits fours, since I have been known to spend an obscene amount buying them in the past. The author has such a fresh take and new vision for desserts and treats, every page is a gift!
I love Meaghan's blogs, but to have a hard copy of her beautiful pictures and great ideas in the kitchen is inspiring!