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Unforgettable Desserts Hardcover – September 28, 2009
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Baking expert and public television cooking show host Dede Wilson helps you create show-stopping desserts that will make a lasting impression
If you're looking for a little wow factor to liven up the end of a meal, this is the book for you! Dede Wilson gives you a collection of desserts that are exotic, extravagant, and absolutely unforgettable-and you don't have to be a pastry chef to make them.
Many of the recipes are deceptively simple, such as the gorgeous Matcha Tea Leaf Shortbread and the amazing Hot Chocolate Truffle Bombs, made with just three ingredients. Others are more adventurous, such as the Chocolate-Glazed Marzipan Cake with Cognac-Soaked Apricots. Filled with surprises for the eye as well as the palate, the desserts you make from this book will be sure to keep guests talking long after the party is over. An ideal resource for holidays, birthdays, or any special occasion, Unforgettable Desserts
- Features 150 recipes for unforgettable cookies and bars, cakes, pies, tarts, custards, mousses, frozen desserts, candies, confections, and more
- Offers precise, easy-to-follow instructions and valuable tips
- Contains over thirty stunning color photographs of finished desserts
- Includes recipes for all skill levels
- Is written by the host of public television's Seasonings with Dede Wilson and the author of Wedding Cakes You Can Make
If you're looking to take your baking to the next level, Dede Wilson gives you desserts that take the cake-and the cookie, the pie, the pudding, and much more!
Recipe Excerpts from Unforgettable Desserts
Amazon-exclusive: Glazed Fresh Strawberry Tart with Champagne Sabayon
Brown Sugar-Buttermilk Snack Cake with Blackberries and Caramel-Walnut Drizzle
Concord Grape Gelée Panna Cotta Parfait
From the Inside Flap
Dessert is always a pleasure, but sometimes you want to up the ante a little, to make your guests utter a blissful sigh and lick their spoons. Packed with intriguing recipes and invaluable advice, Unforgettable Desserts helps you do just that. Baking expert and cooking show host Dede Wilson has created a collection of desserts that range from simple and elegant to exotic and extravagant. They are all absolutely unforgettableand you don't have to be a pastry chef to make them. In Dede's hands, even the simplest, homiest treats like brownies and rice pudding become showstoppers. Dazzle your friends and family with treats such as:
Breakfast, Brunch, and Snack Cakes Celebrate morningor snack timewith Lemon-Ginger Scones, Butter and Cream Sugar Crunch Cake, and Gianduja Banana Baby Cakes with Hazelnut Streusel.
Cookies and Bars Imagine serving elegant Matcha Tea Leaf Shortbreads, Almond-Apricot Brownies with Tart Cherry Ganache, and Pistachio Butterballs.
Fruit Desserts A little embellishment elevates fresh fruit into something truly special, whether it's Summer Berry Vacherin with Crème Fra?che or the ultimate Strawberry Biscuit Shortcakes.
Cakes From straightforward to spectacular, cakes that taste as incredible as they look: Ricotta Cheesecake with Clementine-Cranberry Marmalade, Chocolate Mango Cloud Cake, and Toasted Coconut Cake with Lime Curd and Mount Gay Rum.
Pies and Tarts Rustic or refined, from reimagined American classics to new takes on traditional European desserts: Red and Purple Plum Tart with Marzipan Crumble, Espresso Black-Bottomed Pie in a Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust, and Deep-Dish Sour Cream Apple Pie with Lemon-Cardamom Streusel.
Custards, GelÉEs, Mousses, and Puddings Smooth, spoonable delights like a ring mold filled with Champagne-Cassis Mousse, Warm Chocolate Velvet, and even The Giant Cream Puff.
Frozen Desserts and Sauces Swoon-worthy
treats made from store-bought ice cream or from scratchno ice cream machine needed! Try Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Pan-Roasted Blueberry Ice Cream or Espresso-Stracciatella Semifreddo with Kahlúa-Caramel Sauce.
Candies, Confections, Truffles, and Tidbits A little something to surprise and delight: Chocolate Raspberry Bliss Bites, Hot Chocolate Truffle Bombs, and Fleur de Sel Caramels.
Separate chapters give valuable information on equipment and ingredients, and provide basic recipes for pie doughs, cake layers, and cream fillings. Throughout the book, Dede offers expert advice on everything from choosing the right chocolate to keeping cookies crisp to making her recipes your own.
Luscious and instructive, Unforgettable Desserts gives you everything you need to make the last part of the meal the most memorable part.
Top Customer Reviews
Dede provides clear & detailed instructions for "More than 140 Memorable Dessert Recipes for All Year Round." She offers tips throughout the book to help the reader achieve the best results.
The recipes range in difficulty. While a beginning baker should be able to make many of these delights, others seem rather challenging and involve quite a few steps. For instance, the Chocolate-Glazed Marzipan Cake with Cognac-Soaked Apricots involves baking two cakes, coating them in syrup, spreading the apricot spread, applying a marzipan circle, frosting with buttercream, topping it ganache, and then making apricot roses to use as decoration with marzipan roses, leaves and tendrils. This is an example of one of the recipes which really should have been accompanied by a photograph (but was not).
The first chapter, the Basics, includes "building block" recipes which are used throughout the book such as:
* Butter piecrust
* Sugar tart crust
* Blitz pastry crust
* Dark and moist chocolate cake
* Dark chocolate ganache
* Italian meringue buttercream (and vanilla variation)
* Pastry cream (and liqueur variation)
* Lemon cream
* Whipped cream
The next chapter covers Ingredients, Equipment, and Techniques. Many of the ingredients are likely to be found in the average cook's home kitchen but I have to admit I am missing several (such as cacoa nibs, rose water, and gianduja as well as edible gold luster powder and 22-karat gold leaf).Read more ›
- it has a lot of recipes combining fruit and chocolate
The techniques in here are great, and I am eager to try them out. I did try the chocolate cake recipe out and was excited because it contained no eggs. The batter was fabulous, so you can imagine my surprise when the cake was awful!(Even the kids wouldn't eat it) It looked beautiful with the chocolate ganache glaze.(also from the book, which was really good) It was dry and just ...blah.
I don't have the courage to try another thing in the book right now. I am thinking of donating of to the library after I try a few of the techniques.
Dede Wilson does an excellent job of writing, and stressing types of chocolate you need to use. She makes recipes very clear, and easy to follow. I'd love to go to a class she is teaching. I would definitely buy her books again, I just wish I could've looked through this one first!
1) I am a huge picture person for my cookbooks
2) I wish they were in weights not cups, the new thing is to buy a scale and be more accurate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has a range of desserts from simple to intimidating to make, and including a little of every dessert type (cakes, cookies, frozen desserts, pies, puddings, etc.). Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Lisa G.
Great book with amazing tips and ideas! I just miss more pictures of the recipes... Just a few number of them had pictures!Published on January 25, 2013 by Rebeca Jacuniak
This is a must have for your recipe "library"....
Wonderful recipes! Fool proof!