Home style desserts are, arguably, the best kind of desserts. Whether you’re eating a slice of a classic layer cake at a bakery or indulging in some freshly baked cookies at home, that homestyle type of dessert brings up memories from childhood for lots of dessert fans. They always seem like comfort food. But as comforting as they are, you don’t really want to eat the exact same dessert every time you bake and Lick the Bowl Good: Classic Home-Style Desserts with a Twist will keep you from getting stuck in a rut by putting some fresh twists on favorite desserts.
The book is packed with recipes in chapters that you would expect to find in any all purpose baking book, such as Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies, and Pies and Tarts. The desserts in each one span a nice array of flavors without overwhelming you with options, which means that this is a book that you could easily bake your way through once you get started. The “twists” are usually simple, adding a flavor here and there to a more familiar recipe, but they are all well thought out and really do add new layers of flavor to each recipe to make those classics even more tempting. Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cookies, Brown Butter and Spice Rice Krispy Treats and Banana Pudding Cheesecake are just some examples of what you’ll find.
The recipes are straightforward and easy to make, whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice, since the careful attention to detail in the instructions will ensure that even baking newbies will get good results. Helpful baking tips accompany many of the recipes to tackle common questions that might arise as you are baking, and colorful photos will tempt you to bookmark all the dishes you want to try as you flip through the pages. It’s a nice addition to any cookbook collection, and it’ll give you some great ideas for twists to put on old favorites and tweaks to make to your own home style recipes in the future.