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Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home

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Handmade candies are enjoying a boom in popularity, and this wonderful how-to will help home chefs of all levels create the most delectable treats around. Using basic techniques, tools, and ingredients, professional chocolatier Nina Wanat guides readers on a friendly, informative tour through the accessible intricacies of candymaking. Generously photographed, with invaluable instructions and time-tested tips and tricks, Sweet Confections contains 40 delicious recipes tested in the author's own kitchen. From ...
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Overview

Handmade candies are enjoying a boom in popularity, and this wonderful how-to will help home chefs of all levels create the most delectable treats around. Using basic techniques, tools, and ingredients, professional chocolatier Nina Wanat guides readers on a friendly, informative tour through the accessible intricacies of candymaking. Generously photographed, with invaluable instructions and time-tested tips and tricks, Sweet Confections contains 40 delicious recipes tested in the author's own kitchen. From Salted Chocolate Caramel Lollipops to Peach Turkish Delight, these candies are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and satiate your creative cravings.
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"Cookie dough fudge? This book has it. A sweet-and-salty smorgasbord? This book has it. It also has big, glossy images and plenty of step-by-steps to guide you to sweet success. Author Nina Wanat has packed this book with easy-to-make recipes and intriguing flavor combinations." —Sprinkle Bakes
 
"Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home demystifies the apparently not-so-tricky world of candymaking. Author Nina Wanat, chocolatier and owner of BonBonBar Confections, combines her knowledge with the stunning photography of Diane Cu and Todd Porter, aka White on Rice, to guide us through making candy at home...Wanat promises candymaking is 'easy and within your reach,' and leads us confidently through all the basic ingredients, tools, and how-tos, including how to temper chocolate, cook sugar, roll truffles, and more. Every concern is covered, even for novices (To stir, or not to stir?), and the step-by-step photographs serve as a vital guide." —Craft Gossip
 
“Nina provides a wonderful overview of all the basic candy making ingredients as well as the tools and techniques needed to create these scrumptious treats. Step-by-step directions and mouthwatering photography make it a fun challenge deciding on which recipe to try out first.” —Delish Magazine
 
“Nina Wanat makes candy-making into a delightfully delicious art form in her cookbook, Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home…From brittles and lollipops to caramels and taffies, as well as marshmallows and truffles, this cookbook has all of the types of candy that you'd ever want to make. They're classy enough for holidays and parties, but also perfect for regular days and nights around the house...My favorite part about this book (besides all of the wonderful photos) has to be the first section of the book that's solely devoted to candy-making tips, tricks, and simple how-to's. I really appreciate the fact that Nina Wanat, the author, took the time to break down a lot of the special techniques and procedures that are important in candy-making, such as how to dip candies and caramelize sugar. Thanks to that section of the book, I know exactly what she's talking about in the recipes when she mentions a certain technique or ingredient.” —thebestdessertrecipes.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600599200
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 487,286
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nina Wanat is the founder and chief chocolatier of Bay Area based BonBonBar Confections LLC, a thriving confectionary specializing in handmade, artisan candies with an emphasis on natural ingredients. Nina attended the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for its Baking & Pastry Program, and she maintains a blog, Sweet Napa (http://www.sweetnapa.com/), that chronicles her life and adventures in candymaking.
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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    Beautiful in every way!

    I love this book. The photography is amazing and just flipping through the pages made my mouth water. I've already made one recipe and it turned out great! Wanat uses tools from around the kitchen already so I didn't have to buy anything. I can't wait to make more candy!

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Gorgeous candy!

    Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home gives us the opportunity to make our favorite candies (plus new concoctions) right at home! Candy making can be a little trickier than making cookies, but many of the recipes have just a few ingredients and are fairly simple, as long as you own a candy thermometer! Sweet Confections is filled not only with real candy recipes, but tons of eye candy as well!

    The author refers to candy as being "the most gem-like of foods" with its jewel-toned colors and the absolutely gorgeous photography by the very talented couple from the White on Rice Couple blog does so well at featuring each glorious piece. In case you are new to creating your own candies, there are step-by-step photos that teach how to temper chocolate, dipping and rolling candies, and how to correctly cook sugar.

    There are sections for Crunchy, Chewy or Silky candy. New takes on classics, like the Pumpkin Caramels (so perfect for Fall), the Sour Cream Candied Nuts, or Strawberry Lemonade Marshmallows are excellent additions. Crystallized pansies and rose petals, white and lavender meringues (which would be fun to color to match with different holidays) or the vibrantly colored Jelly Candies are stunning to look at. And, if you are a chocolate lover, then you may enjoy the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge or the Rocky Road Chocolate Bark. Whatever your personal favorites are, Sweet Confections is a beautiful book with excellent recipes for all types of the best candy making.

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