Dessert is an easily overloked element of dinner – at least, making a real dessert is. It’s a great way to end a meal, but at a time when many cooks are pressed for time when it comes to preparing main meals, dessert is often put on the back burner and filled by scooping a dish of ice cream or taking a cookie out of a box. It’s no surprise that if 30 minute meals are popular, 30 minute desserts would be, too. Dessert Express: 100 Sweet Treats You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less focuses on treats that have a quick prep and still taste great.
Just because the recipes are quick, that doesn’t mean that there is any sacrifice in quality here. Instead, it’s easier to think that the recipes have gone through a careful screening process before they made it into the book. It is broken down into categories – cookies, cakes, pastries, fruit desserts, etc. – and in every category there are plenty of made-from-scratch recipes. The instructions aren’t long, and neither are the ingredient lists in many cases, yet the finished products look as good as some you’d find in a more time-consuming cookbook. There are lots of great little flavor twists (vanilla pudding with bourbon and raisins, chocolate chile pudding cakes) that remind you that author Lauren Chattman was a pastry chef and isn’t willing to setting for boring and bland just to keep things moving. The book is well-illustrated with lots of excellent photos of the included recipes.
This seems like it will be a great book for busy cooks, but is also a great reference to have on the shelf for days when you just don’t feel like working too hard before getting your desserts.