There is a lot of appeal to little desserts. As good as a big cake can look, there is something about a perfectly decorated cupcake or well-presented miniature chocolate mousse that will having you reaching out for just one more bite. Petite Sweets: Bite-Size Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth is just packed with recipes like these, as it is a cookbook that specializes in small desserts. The book covers all the categories you would find in any other dessert cookbook – cakes, pies, mousses, fruit desserts, custards, etc. – just in much smaller portions. This makes it a good choice if you’re looking for some recipes to entertain with, as well as if you’re looking for recipes with some portion control.
Unlike other mini dessert books, some of which really specialize in helping you recreate pastry chefs’ gourmet restaurant desserts at home, this book has a homier feel to it with recipes like mini cobblers. It also takes a few shortcuts on some of the recipes to try and make them simpler. It makes the book a bit more accessible to newer cooks, but more experienced bakers might want to skip the shortcuts (like using real dulce de leche in the Dulce de Leche cream puffs). There are plenty of great photos to accompany the recipes and that alone is enough to inspire the desire to make some miniature desserts
One caution to this book is that you’ll need to pick up some special equipment to make some of the recipes. Namely, you’ll need some smaller baking dishes for some of the recipes because most people don’t keep things like a set of 1-oz ramekins around just for dessert. Still, you can’t beat the cute presentation that these dishes offer, and nothing is too unusual or expensive that you can’t pick it up at your local restaurant supply store. And all your work will be worth it when you have people oohing and aahing over your beautiful petite sweets.