Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Desserts and Ideas for Preserving Family Recipes

Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Desserts and Ideas for Preserving Family Recipes

by Rebecca Miller Ffrench
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Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Desserts and Ideas for Preserving Family Recipes by Rebecca Miller Ffrench

Food writer and stylist Rebecca Ffrench comes from a long line of dessert lovers. She fondly remembers the special bonding time her grandparents had over dessert. The smell of fresh baked brownies transports her back into her mother’s kitchen where there was always some kind of foil-covered treat waiting on the counter. And, even today, she rarely lets the week go by without baking something for her family. Just as she remembers her mother’s warm, chocolatey pudding cake more fondly than her Monday meatloaf, Rebecca wants her own kids’ memories of dessert to be equally vivid. It was this very sense of nostalgia for these family heirloom recipes that planted the seeds for her first cookbook. After the loss of a beloved aunt, Rebecca came into possession of the aunt’s journal. It turned out that this journal was not only filled with memories but also a lifetime of recipes—recipes that would have been lost had they not been recorded and passed on. This inspired Rebecca to begin recording her family’s history and heritage through cakes and cookies, pies and puddings, tarts and treats, and in this book, she includes more than 75 of her family’s favorite “I’m home!” treats, from an ooey-gooey “Go-To” Hot Fudge Pudding Cake to a moist, dense Coconut Bunny Cake that Rebecca’s dad perfected to please his granddaughters. Any recipe you pick from her list sounds lush and tempting: Love Struck Sour Cherry Pie, Norwegian Custard Buns, Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts, No-Fail Caramel Sauce, Criss-Cross Apricot Coffeecake—the list goes deliciously on and on. Broken down into Preserving, Celebrating, Giving, and Creating, SWEET HOME teaches readers not only how to make delectable desserts, but how to keep your family’s traditions alive. Whether she’s preserving her Norwegian heritage by making Cloudberry Krumkaker Cones, celebrating Halloween with a Spooktacular Cheesecake, giving Kahlua Pound Cake through the post, or creating a new family tradition by making her father’s Chocolate Mudslide Cookies, Rebecca Miller Ffrench shows you how easy—and delicious—it is to make your home a sweet one. Add in the warm and winning headnotes on family and baking, tips to make each dish a success, and a special Baking Notes and Pantry section, and SWEET HOME is a recipe for a dessert classic—the perfect go-to guide for families wanting to preserve their history through recipes and food.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906868659
Publisher: Kyle Books
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

An avid home baker and journalist for more than two decades, REBECCA MILLER FFRENCH has been producing events and kid’s parties since 1997. A former Contributing Writer for Condé Nast’s Cookie, her children’s how-to party stories appeared in the pages of the magazine for four years. She also appears regularly on “Good Morning America,” NY1, New York’s NBC Channel 4, and WB 11 as a party expert. Her work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple Family, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Rebecca is a regular blogger for babycenter.com. She lives with her husband and two girls in upstate New York. Visit her online at rebeccamillerffrench.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has become my 'go-to' baking book. While my family has immensely enjoyed each recipe we have indulged in, I've found even more joy in sharing it with others. Whenever invited for a meal, I am quick in offering to bring desser. Of course, I include the recipe and often follow-up with sending this book as a follow-up gift. Not only are the dessert incredible, but the stories and Rebecca's writing are a pleasure. Both help readers feel more connected to the food and the history of where it comes from. Favorites of all have been the chocolate date cake, as well as the cardamom cake. In my classroom, children and I often bake wacky cone cakes or one of the cupcake variations to much delight of young stomachs!
BookcaseTanya More than 1 year ago
This author is coming to my local BN for a signing, saw the book looked interesting so I bought it. I am glad I did. It is a beautiful book. I am of Norwegian descent and I can totally relate to the stories with some of the recipes. I do already have some of the Norwegian receipes frommy family, with little variations. This is a great book, particularly I think if you are of Scandanavian descent, but even if you are not, the recipes, stories and photros are great. I plan on buying one for my sister as a gift also.
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