Baking is a wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon. It’s fun to spend a few hours mixing up ingredients, crimping dough and enjoying the aromas wafting from your oven. After the baking is finished, you’re left with lots of goodies to enjoy yourself or share with friends and family. One of the things that keeps people from baking more at home is that they don’t have a crowd available to share those goodies with. During the holiday season, it’s easy to unload a few dozen cookies, but this is a more difficult task during the average week – and you probably want to get through those cookies so you can bake another flavor. In Dessert for Two, you’ll find lots of small batch recipes that are perfect for making when you want to bake, but don’t have an army to feed. With this book in your collection, you won’t need to wait for the next big occasion to bake to your heart’s content.
The book starts with a brief introduction to the equipment that you’ll need to make the recipes that follow. Most of your mixing equipment is going to be the same as it is for a standard size recipe, but you are going to use extra-small cake and pie pans, as well as ramekins and mini gratin dishes a lot more often than you might for “standard” recipes. From there, the book juumps straight into the recipes. There are cookie recipes that make batches of 1 dozen or less, mini batches of brownies and cheesecakes, almost-bite-sized pies and even scaled down candy recipes for sugar-lovers. There is a little something for everyone, and a lot of variety to choose from.
All the recipes are well put together and easy to make, even though it might take a batch of two to get used to measuring out such small quantities of ingredients. The ingredients are scaled down to sensible levels, so you’ll have a cookie recipe that uses a whole egg yolk or egg white, but not one that calls for 1 1/2 teaspoons of a whole egg that requires creative measurement and a lot of waste. The recipes are all accompanied by gorgeous pictures that give you an idea of what you have to look forward to when you give them a try.