Desserts For Dummies

Desserts For Dummies

by Bill Yosses, Alison Yates
     
 
Does the thought of baking a cake conjure up a nightmare vision of a 15-ft layer cake, scrolled and fluted with decorations fit for a king?  If the word “dessert” just throws you into a cold sweat, the inside scoop on desserts is: they’re actually simple to make. And with the right help...well, just a piece of cake.

In the end, desserts

Overview

Does the thought of baking a cake conjure up a nightmare vision of a 15-ft layer cake, scrolled and fluted with decorations fit for a king?  If the word “dessert” just throws you into a cold sweat, the inside scoop on desserts is: they’re actually simple to make. And with the right help...well, just a piece of cake.

In the end, desserts are no harder to make than entrées. And with Desserts For Dummies, you’ll cut even a Wedding Cake recipe down to size, flip Crepes Suzette with aplomb, and throw together a batch of Chocolate Truffles your local chocolatier will envy. And with this handy, down-to-earth guide from a leading pastry chef and a former New York Times restaurant critic, you’ll discover the proper way to read a dessert recipe, organize your ingredients, and also how to:

  • Think like a sweet chef—including basic tips on measuring, weighing, presenting, gauging cooking time, and pairing desse rts with meals
  • Stock a pantry, and use leftovers creatively (such as caramel and meringue)
  • Set up a kitchen—including tips on counter height and ovens
  • Select the right cooking tools and how to use them

Before you know it, you’ll start creating desserts that you’ve only dreamed of, like:

  • Pies and tarts—including Mom’s Apple Pie, Banana Cream Pie, Raspberry Tart, and Linzertorte
  • Puff pastry, cream puffs, and éclairs—Classic Puff Pastry, Profiteroles, Napoleons, and Eclairs
  • Crepes and blinis—including Crepes Suzette and Chocolate Blinis with Diced Bananas
  • Custards and puddings—including Zabaglione, Vanilla Pastry Cream, Traditional Bread Pudding, and Rice Pudding
  • Homemade cakes—including Whipped Cream Layer Cake, Classic Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake, and Yellow Chiffon Cake with Chocolate Frosting
With over 130 delicious recipes to choose from, plus sixteen pages of color photos, a summary cheatsheet of baking essentials, black-and-white how-to illustrations, and humorous cartoons along the way, Desserts For Dummies brings the world of delicious, elegant desserts right to your kitchen. And a little magic into the lives of your friends and family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764550478
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

About the Authors Bill Yosses is a former pastry chef at the four-star Bouley Restaurant in Manhattan. Currently, he is also the pastry chef at Bouley Bakery, teaches dessert making and baking at the New School for Culinary Arts in Manhattan, and is a visiting instructor at Greystone, the Napa Valley branch of the Culinary Institute of America. He has trained at a number of top bakeries and restaurants in Paris, including Fauchon, La Maison du Chocolat, and Le Notre Pastry School. Bryan Miller is a former New York Times restaurant critic and feature writer and coauthor of IDG Books Worldwide's Cooking For Dummies?(TM). He has also written eight other books, including four editions of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants, The Seafood Cookbook, Classic to Contemporary, Cuisine Rapide, and A Chef's Tale. Miller is the recipient of The James Beard Who's Who Food and Beverage Award, which recognizes outstanding food and wine achievement.

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