In this dessert recipe book, Chef Lisa Joy Taylor takes you and your taste buds on a mouthwatering dessert tour of the United States! Each of the 50 states are featured with two recipes that are representative of that state for one reason or another (100 recipes) including a great variety of cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, bars, sorbet, ice cream and more! In addition to ingredients lists and cooking instructions for each recipe, readers will also discover an interesting tidbit about the history of the recipe or its’ main ingredient and sometimes both! Here are a couple examples:
Missouri Black Walnut-Caramel Tart – Producing nearly 50 percent of the world’s Black Walnuts, Missouri is the world’s largest black walnut producer. Black walnuts have a stronger flavor than English walnuts and have thus become a popular ingredient in Missouri’s baked goods.
Maryland – Maryland Smith Island Cake – With ten layers of cake and ten layers of rich frosting, Smith Island Cake is not only the state dessert of Maryland, but an irresistible, mouthwatering confection that harkens back to the English torte, from which it is believed to have originated. Smith Island Cake is usually iced with chocolate frosting but variations are made with banana, orange and coconut frosting.
We love desserts in this house. My husband is the baker and he loves learning to make new things. He loves to find twists on some of his favorites too like his Key Lime Pie. This is an awesome collection of desserts that has something for everyone no matter what your tastes! From low key to fruity to chocolate to cake to pies you will find something you will fall in love with and want to make over and over. The recipes are easy to understand and follow so even the most inexperienced baker can make a great dessert for any occasion. This is a must have for every kitchen cookbook shelf.
She can be reached at Lisa@sweetiepiebooks.com