Sugar Baby

Sugar Baby

Confections, Candies, Cakes & Other Delicious Recipes for Cooking With Sugar

Book - 2011
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Cookbooks with recipes for baking with sugar (in the oven), continue to top the bestseller lists. And yet, no one has set out to do a cookbook with recipes on cooking with sugar (on the stovetop)--until now. In Sugar Baby , Gesine Bullock-Prado offers totally unintimidating step-by-step advice; the simplest instructions; recipes for candy, confections, and treats that integrate stovetop work into finished desserts; and a hilarious voice. Organized by temperature and chemical stages, here are more than 100 recipes for lollipops, caramel, rock candy, chocolate mousse, macarons, marshmallows, pudding pops, cakes, and much more. Sugar Baby will satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.

Praise for Sugar Baby :

"Got a sweet tooth? Bakery owner Gesine Bullock-Prado's new cookbook, Sugar Baby , will school you in everything from rock candy to puff pastries. And Bullock-Prado --who has spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her actress sister, Sandra-- makes it look easy."
- Ladies Home Journal

"Truly, at her core, she like Dorie Greenspan or Rose Levy Beranbaum, is a dessert evangelist." --Examiner.com

Publisher: New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, c2011
ISBN: 9781584798972
Branch Call Number: ANF 641.636 BUL
Characteristics: 251 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Rupp, Tina

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ksoles Jul 16, 2011

If you love candy, you'll love "Sugar Baby." If you enjoy desserts and baked goods but never eat candy, you'll still love it. And, I dare say, even if you never eat sweets but have the tiniest curiosity about how they're made, you'll still love it.

As Gesine Bullock-Prado (yes, she's Sandra Bullock's sister!) asserts in her introduction, "Cooking with sugar goes far beyond candy." Indeed, her recipes range from sea salt caramels to peanut butter fudge to cotton candy to a green tea crepe cake. And she organizes the book simply but brilliantly: each chapter corresponds to a stage in sugar cooking (dissolve, soft-ball, firm-ball, hard-ball, soft-crack, hard-crack). The final "put it all together" chapter combines elements from the first six to create cakes, scones and cookies.

Perhaps the most refreshing and surprising aspect of this book is the author's voice. She writes with an honest humour that comes across as neither pedantic nor forced, no mean feat in a world of over-the-top and personality-lacking cookbook commentary. While I may not feel ready to try my hand at making pulled maple taffy and barley malt skulls, Bullock-Prado has certainly inspired my creative dessert juices.

"Sugar Baby" contains numerous stunning photos though perhaps not enough. To augment the visual experience, readers can find more pictures and how-to video's on the book's website www.sugarbabycookbook.com.

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