The Brown Betty Cookbook: Modern Vintage Desserts and Stories from Philadelphia's Best Bakery
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The Brown Betty Cookbook: Modern Vintage Desserts and Stories from Philadelphia's Best Bakery

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by Norrinda Brown Hayat, Linda Hinton Brown
     
 

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The first cookbook from Philadelphia's phenomenal Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

When three generations of African-American women decided to open a bakery in Philadelphia, they had no idea how quickly the accolades would come. With high praise from Rachael Ray magazine and other corners of the culinary world, the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique has

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The first cookbook from Philadelphia's phenomenal Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

When three generations of African-American women decided to open a bakery in Philadelphia, they had no idea how quickly the accolades would come. With high praise from Rachael Ray magazine and other corners of the culinary world, the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique has found fame with their amazing poundcakes, cheesecakes, pies, and cookies, among other delectable treats.

This delicious cookbook features both the secret recipes that Brown Betty's fans can't wait to get their hands on, as well as the personal stories that explain the evocative names of such recipes as Alice's Two Step and Strawberry Letter.

  • Features recipes that combine old-fashioned treats with thrilling contemporary flavors like sweet potato poundcake and dark cherry cheesecake
  • Includes gorgeous and mouthwatering full-color photography throughout

For home bakers who want to experience the best of Brown Betty in their own homes or dessert-lovers looking for something new, The Brown Betty Cookbook offers both inspiration and delectation.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Grandmom Betty’s namesake Philadelphia bakery, the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique (est. 2002 by daughter Linda and granddaughter Norrinda), has birthed a cookbook featuring desserts and the kinfolk who inspired them. Matriarch Betty and the ladies whose family kitchens three generations of Hinton and Brown women grew up in have moved lawyer-turned-baker Norrinda and former school teacher Linda to create a collection that preserves family recipes along with the special memories surrounding them. Sweet treats are paired with recipes named in their honor, such as “Hey Thelma” chocolate caramel coconut cream–filled cake and “Jean’s Road Trip” red velvet cake. “Betty’s Plain Cake” serves as the springboard for pound cake variations of buttermilk, sour cream, or pineapple. A pie crust recipe instructs cooks to use fingers when mixing eggs and when cutting butter, shortening, and cream cheese into flour. Each recipe is well-tested and made exclusively from scratch. Half the book contains cake recipes; a second chapter groups pies, puddings, and cobblers; a third focuses on cookies and bars. This collection promises to unite families in the kitchen in “love and laughter” and is a wonderful reminder that baking is a family affair. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique, a popular Philadelphia bakery, specializes in home-style pound cakes, pies, and cobblers derived from cherished family recipes. Here, mother and daughter co-owners Brown and Hayat pay homage to relatives who inspired desserts such as "Dear Ruth," a frosted chocolate sour cream cake, and "To Miss Mary," a sweet potato cheesecake. These recipes are mostly familiar, but a few—like Carrot Pie and four fruit juice-sweetened "nudie" cakes—are unusual. VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy nostalgic baking books like Julie Richardson's Vintage Cakes, Griffith Day & Cheryl Day's The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, and Dawn Casale & David Crofton's One Girl Cookies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118144350
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
611,186
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Linda Hinton Brown was raised in a house where her mother, Betty, regularly baked a collection of pies, cakes, and biscuits—all before church on Sundays. Linda's daughter, Norrinda Brown Hayat, grew up with Linda experimenting with Betty's recipes, reading cookbooks, and tearing out pages from baking magazines. Together, in 2002, they founded the beloved Brown Betty Dessert Boutique.

Linda Hinton Brown was raised in a house where her mother, Betty, regularly baked a collection of pies, cakes, and biscuits—all before church on Sundays. Linda's daughter, Norrinda Brown Hayat, grew up with Linda experimenting with Betty's recipes, reading cookbooks, and tearing out pages from baking magazines. Together, in 2002, they founded the beloved Brown Betty Dessert Boutique.

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The Brown Betty Cookbook: Modern Vintage Desserts and Stories from Philadelphia's Best Bakery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I have made 3 of the recipes. All 3 turned out great. They were easy to follow and the pictures are a plus. If you like to bake this is a great book to own.
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I want the special: Salmon with a side. I want my side to be Mashed potatoes. Make it quick or im leaving. *Glares and waits*