Since I was about eight, I would always pack my own suitcase for vacations. I was ridiculously specific about what I would bring, and without fail, I brought a cookbook. I never really would bake on these trips; I would just bring it to read. Once I even brought The Joy of Cooking, which is actually really heavy. My family all thought I was a freak… I probably am.
Anyway, I figured that since I have read so many recipe books, I should review a few and tell you about the good ones and the terrible ones. I decided to start with my very favourite dessert cookbook. Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth.
It is a conglomerate of delicious recipes pulled together into a polished and adorable book. I have made countless recipes from this book and have (almost) always been thrilled with the results. This particular cookbook is full of great explanations, funny anecdotes, mouthwatering photos, and delectable recipes. A few critiques about this book are the ease of finding ingredients and the degree of difficulty. The ingredients required for some of the recipes are obscure and difficult to find. Overall I found the book good to work with, but some of the recipes are quite complicated and require fancy equipment.
The recipes are separated into four sections, “Sticky, Chewy Chocolate”, “The Pudding Club”, “Cookies, Cakes & Pies Oh My”, and “Do Try This at Home!”
Sticky, Chewy Chocolate: For chocolate lovers this is the best section; it is all about cocoa goodness! The recipes I love from this section are, Heart of Darkness Brownies, The Best One-Bowl Chocolate Chunk-Pecan Cookies, and Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake Pots with Shortbread Spoons. The recipe I am SO EXCITED to try is, the Outrageously Thick Spanish Hot Chocolate with Churros!
The Pudding Club: This section is my least favourite. Maybe I just don’t like pudding. But it includes Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cinnamon Donut Bread Pudding, and Mocha Hazelnut Trifle with Kahlua Whipped Cream.
Cookies, Cakes & Pies Oh My: Yumm! is all I should say about this section. It is full of spectacular recipes. My favourite ones are, Gooey Caramel Butter Bars, Big Blondes, Devil’s Food Cake with Chocolate Mousse Buttercream, and Double Crumble Hot Apple Pies.
Do Try This at Home: This is probably the most creative section of any dessert cookbook. It includes something called a White Trash Panini and honestly, who doesn’t want to eat a warmed croissant with melted chocolate and sticky marshmallow fluff? Mmmm! Everything about this section is fun and indulgent! Some of the other recipes are, Cheesecake Pops, Quicky Sticky Biscuits, and Gingersnap Dulce de Leche Ice-Cream Sandwiches.
Have any of you tried this book? If so what did you think?
P.s. The recipe for the frosting on top of these cupcakes was from this book.