The Sweet Life: The Basics And Beyond
MasterChef Australia 2011 winner Kate Bracks knows about desserts.
This mouthwatering array of inspired dessert recipes includes favourites such as Apple Pie, Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Mousse as well as fresh new ideas, such as Kate's Chocolate, Date and Hazelnut Torte, Raspberry and Pistachio Frozen Nougat and Vincotto Figs with Caramelised Walnuts and Mascarpone. Kate also puts modern twists on old classics, from her Spiced Crème Brûlée, to her irresistible Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches, or her Brown Butter Cheesecake. This is food to weaken even the strongest resolve!
The structure of the book is designed to guide the home cook from the 'basics' - incorporating basic techniques, such as sauces and syrups; how to make the perfect meringue; make your pastry rather than buy it; how to cook with gelatine - to 'beyond the basics' for the more confident cook. And, if you really want to impress, there's a chapter at the end where all the techniques can be put together to wow your friends and family. There's also a code throughout the book to help you determine which recipes are most suited to your particular cooking desires and ability.
Indulge your own sweet tooth with this glorious book of baked treats and dessert recipes from Australia's MasterChef 2011 winner; and don't forget the golden rule ... always lick the bowl!
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"The Sweet Life is a book that will help any amateur cook gain knowledge, experience and confidence in the kitchen, and will help you produce the perfect dessert." - Champion Post
"Novice cooks will not feel intimidated here. This is a book of sweet things and sweet surprises." - Christopher Bantick, Weekly Times, Melbourne