Cookbook author Lori Longbotham has a whole series of cookbooks that start with the word “luscious” in the titles. Luscious Chocolate Desserts. Luscious Berry Desserts. Luscious Lemon Desserts. The word is excellent for inspiring thoughts of richly satisfying, melt-in-your-mouth desserts and indulgences, but I think that her newest book, Luscious Creamy Desserts has topped all of her others in terms of inspiring a desire for dessert.
This book is all about creamy desserts, from cheesecakes and puddings to ice creams and syrupy sauces. The desserts that are in this category really tend to embody the concept of “comfort food” and Lori’s recipes not only cover the classics (such as Butterscotch Pudding or Banana Cream Pie), but use new ingredients and flavors to make the dishes even more intriguing (Goat’s Milk Vanilla Ice Cream or Cannoli Cheesecake).
The book is divided up by type of dessert, making it fairly easy to find what you’re looking for. Chances are, if you’re looking in this book, you’ve already ruled out most cupcakes and cookies, so finding a recipe to tempt you shouldn’t be any problem at all. The recipes are well-written and easy to follow along with. Lori provides a lot of detail with each one, so the reader isn’t going to be left in the dark about any step of the cooking process. This should give some piece of mind to readers who are novices when it comes to custards and such, since desserts in this category have a reputation for being temperamental. There are lots of tips about the properties of the ingredients used in the desserts and on cooking everything to perfection on top of the recipes’ instructions themselves. There seems to be a range of recipes, so experienced bakers will probably get some new techniques, as well as getting inspiration from the photos and creative combinations that are included