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Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Great for Portion Control

    This is is a fun cookbook for singles, couples, or someone who wants to enjoy a treat while exercising portion control. With a focus on chocolate desserts, most of the recipes serve one or two people and are simple to make. The only consideration is that of needing smaller baking dishes such as ramekins, single-serve oven-proof dishes, etc.

    What I liked about this cookbook is that despite the cuteness factor of smaller treats that might remind one of a child's tea party, the recipes are simply downsized from the full-size versions of desserts such as Chocolate Raspberry Cake, Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies, Chocolate Derby Pecan Tarts, and Mississippi Mud Bars, to name just a few. Nothing is sacrificed in taste.

    I'm old enough to remember the fad of baking quick breads and cakes in recycled food and coffee cans. The author brings that back in this book because a 15 oz. can is perfect for creating smaller cakes and breads.

    There are really no negatives about this book except that, for me personally, if I'm going to mix ingredients, heat up the oven, and clean up afterwards, I'd rather do more than a serving or two because it pretty much takes as much time to bake one or two dozen cookies as it does three single ones. But, if one doesn't want leftovers to avoid the temptation to over-indulge on dessert, or for those times when there isn't enough flour, sugar, etc. left in the pantry for a full-size dessert, then the small-batch concept is great.

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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