Maida Heatter's Book Of Great Chocolate Desserts (Hardcover) by Heatter, Maida
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Hardcover; Published 3/1/2006; 312 Pages; ISBN 9780740758164
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Maida is justifiably famous for her respected series of cookbooks, ranging from Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts to Maida Heatter's Brand-New Book of Great Cookies. But it was always her Book of Great Chocolate Desserts that inspired the highest praise, admiration, and following from home and restaurant dessert cooks around the world. Chocolate creators know they can turn to Maida for tantalizing confections, cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, and sauces that transcend the ordinary and make for memorable dining experiences.
This jacketed hardcover includes all the original Maida recipes that have become favorites, along with changes and updates from the dessert doyenne herself. Those who have worn out, shared as a gift, or misplaced their original version-or who want to replace their later paperback edition-will welcome this book, as will anyone who enjoys cooking with and eating chocolate.
a piece of dessert history
Maida Heatter is the ultimate resource in desserts and cookies, as well as a great story teller. She gives wonderful descriptions concerning what she is about to tell you to make, as well as who gave her the recipe/ the source of the inspiration / good combinations with the prepared recipe.
I sometimes change part of the instructions- for instance, she recommends baking the Palm Beach Brownies in a pan lined with foil at 425 degrees. At that temperature, some of the edges may get too browned and have to be tossed out. Since this is a pretty expensive recipe to make, I reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake it longer, with an eye out to prevent the over browning. And a pan sprayed with Pam can allow as good a release as aluminum foil. I try to have as little aluminum in contact with baked goods as possible. A good brief chill in the freezer for 20 minutes and and knife dipped in boiling water and wiped clean before cutting produces a good removal of the brownies.
This gal has gotten many people to give her amazing recipes, and she knows dessert well enough to produce her own creations. There are no pictures in the book, which would be nice. There IS a wrap around picture on the dust jacket and a key to show the names of all the desserts in the picture. She is so good in her descriptions- you can see pictures in your mind!