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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A book worth lingering over...

I discovered this book after reading a review about it in the newspaper and then bought it for myself for Mother's Day. After picking 10 lbs. of blueberries this summer I searched this cookbook for a recipe that appealed to me. I settled on the blueberry pie because a...
I discovered this book after reading a review about it in the newspaper and then bought it for myself for Mother's Day. After picking 10 lbs. of blueberries this summer I searched this cookbook for a recipe that appealed to me. I settled on the blueberry pie because although I have baked lots of pies, I had never made blueberry. The pie was delicious! The sweet blueberry filling and buttery pie dough pie was gorgeous with vanilla ice cream. The blueberry-sour cream ice cream was refreshing, although I liked it best freshly made and not after it sat in the freezer for a day. This book is beautifully written and photograped and full of recipes that make you want to have any excuse to bake. I've truly enjoyed lingering over this book and I've given it as a gift to a few fellow bakers who tell me they enjoy it as much as I have.

posted by 1984961 on September 28, 2009

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

I've made three things from this book so far, and it's highly unlikely I'll be making any more. The Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream was excellent, but the instructions were not. It's amazing that Dorie left out the most crucial step in making any kind of custard. She fai...
I've made three things from this book so far, and it's highly unlikely I'll be making any more. The Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream was excellent, but the instructions were not. It's amazing that Dorie left out the most crucial step in making any kind of custard. She failed to note that the custard needs to be strained before adding to the melted chocolate. Now since I've made custards and custard-based ice creams before, I was fully aware of the necessity of that step, but I'm sure there are lots of other people who are not. If they're not aware of the necessity to strain out the custard, they will be left with little pieces of scrambled eggs in their ice cream. Real appetizing. The Cinnamon Squares were very good, but too cinnamony, even for me, and I'm a cinnamon lover. That wasn't really a problem, however, since I could always cut it down the next time around. But... something very strange happened after I froze the leftover pieces. When I defrosted them, they were absolutely gooey, sticky, and inedible. Needless to say, they went into the garbage. Now, that has NEVER happened before with any other cake recipe at any time in all the years I've been baking 'this is actually a regular cake, not a typical bar or square, even though the title says 'squares''. So, why didn't Dorie simply indicate that these don't freeze well? Another real irritation. And lastly, the Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies were very good, but nothing outstanding, and probably not something I'd make again. As usual, the instructions were terrible. Overall, this book is a real disappointment. The best part is the beautiful photography.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2008

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