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Food52 genius desserts : 100 recipes that will change the way you bake / Kristen Miglore ; photography by James Ransom.
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Genius desserts
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California : Ten Speed Press, [2018]
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xi, 273 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
Introduction -- Baking rules & assumptions -- Genius baking tools -- Road map to all of the genius tips -- Cookies & candy. The brownie-chocolate chip family ; Gloriously chewy ; Crisp-crumbly : the bake-ahead dream ; Candy for non-candymakers -- Cakes. Lazy cakes ; Show cakes ; Rogue cakes -- Custards, pudding & frozen things. Puddings & other comforts ; Mostly no-churn ice creams ; Lazy cold treats -- Pies & tarts. Flaky vessels for fruit ; Fancy tarts -- Mostly fruit. Cobblers, crisps & shortcakes ; Fruit dressed up.
"Genius Desserts is the book that will transform the way you bake-- with just the right answers for every moment that needs a sweet (so, pretty much every moment). When you're not a baker but you need the birthday cake. When you've tried every chocolate mousse but haven't found one that sticks. When you're short on time and want your efforts in the kitchen to count"--From page 2 of cover.
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Drawing from her James Beard Award-nominated Genius Recipes column and powered by the cooking wisdom and generosity of the Food52 community, creative director Kristen Miglore has unearthed the most game-changing dessert recipes from beloved cookbook authors, chef, and bakers--collecting them all in this indispensable guide. Featuring iconic desserts spanning the last century- Maida Heatter's East 62nd Street Lemon Cake, Francois Payard's Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies, and Nancy Silverton's Butterscotch Budino, as well as little-known gems like a comforting Peach Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust from Renee Erickson and the imaginative Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream from Lucky Peach , along with genius tips, riffs, and mini-recipes, and the lively stories behind each one.The genius of this collection is that Kristen has scouted out and rigorously tested recipes from the most trusted dessert experts, finding more than 100 of their standouts. Each recipe shines in a different way and teaches you something new, whether it's how to use unconventional ingredients (like Sunset 's whole orange cake), how to make the most of brilliant methods (roasted sugar from Stella Parks), or how to embrace stunning simplicity (Dorie Greenspan's three-ingredient cookies). With James Ransom's vivid photographs throughout, Genius Desserts is destined to become every baker's go-to reference for the very best desserts from the smartest teachers of our time--for all the dinner parties, potlucks, bake sales, and late-night snacks in between.

Author Notes

KRISTEN MIGLORE is the creative director at Food52. She abandoned a career in economics in 2007 to pursue a master's degree in food studies from New York University and a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. Her writing has since been published in The Wall Street Journal , Saveur , and The Atlantic , and she was nominated for a James Beard Award for Food52's Genius Recipes column in 2014. The column led to the Genius Recipes cookbook in 2015, which won an IACP award in 2016 and became a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Brooklyn, and usually has a pastry in her purse.FOOD52 is a groundbreaking online kitchen and home destination. Founded by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs--two authors and opinionated home cooks who formerly worked for the New York Times --the company celebrates home cooks, giving them everything they need in one place. That includes smart and entertaining stories about cooking and home, over 70,000 recipes, a cooking hotline, a suite of cookbooks, a shop with everything from stunning tabletop goods to the trustiest pan, and a million-strong community of fellow talented and curious cooks.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Food52's creative director Miglore delivers a solid collection of proven, must-have recipes for an array of desserts. The recipes are sourced from such expert bakers as Rose Levy Beranbaum and Stella Parks, and such chefs as J. Kenji López-Alt and then tested in the Food52 kitchens. The result is a cookbook that will become a go-to for enthusiastic bakers. Cookies include the reinvention of a classic with chocolate chip cookie brittle, as well as a brilliant Pistachio Millionaire's Shortbread, made with coriander butter cream. Cakes include a vegan chocolate birthday cake with a fluffy almond milk frosting, a parsley cake, a show-stopping flourless chocolate cake, and a Weird & Wonderful Banana Cake that should be in every cook's repertoire. There are custards, ice creams, mousses (such as a Greek yogurt chocolate mousse), as well as a mango cream with berries, and an easy no-churn coffee ice cream. Homey offerings abound, including a rhubarb buckle with ginger crumble, a peach pie, and a pumpkin pie with pecan crunch. Sprinkled throughout this excellent book are helpful tips that will ensure success in the kitchen for both beginners and experienced bakers alike. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Food52 columnist and best-selling author Miglore (Food52 Genius Recipes) surveys the greatest hits of home baking in this handsome dessert volume. Featuring classics from the last few decades, it brings together cookies, cakes, puddings, pies, and other sweets that have attained "genius" status through either clever innovations or phenomenal taste. Novice and pro bakers will recognize recipes from acclaimed titles such as Claudia Fleming's The Last Course, Richard Sax's Classic Home Desserts, Dorie Greenspan's Baking from My Home to Yours, and Stella Parks's BraveTart. They'll also appreciate methods and techniques from experts, including Rose Levy Beranbaum, David Lebovitz, Nigella Lawson, Nick Malgieri, and others. VERDICT Highly -recommended for dessert lovers who want iconic recipes in one book. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



INTRODUCTION  The Genius Recipes column on Food52 started in June 2011 as a weekly showcase of recipes from legendary cookbook authors and chefs that we claimed--boldly! shamelessly!--would change the way you cook. You'd never truss another chicken, or simmer tomato sauce for hours, or feel intimidated by baking bread or making piecrust again.  And we learned nothing from our hubris, because the recipes indeed took hold and found new life, virtually on their own. The conversations around them grew, with readers exchanging pointers in the comments sections and on social media. Tips for more genius recipes kept pouring in. In 2015, Genius Recipes became a cookbook, which then became a New York Times best seller. The world of Genius Recipes had become a force unto itself, one of the internet's most generous water coolers. I have been the lucky one who gets to keep showing up and filling the cooler.  *** This time around, I asked the Food52 community for their lifelong favorites and reached out to home bakers, food editors, test-kitchen directors, and pastry chefs I thought might have strong opinions on the matter. I've thanked the ones whose recipe tips landed in the book on page 267, but many more generously shared their wisdom and time, enhancing the collection in ways big and small. I spent more than a year testing, retesting, and gathering feedback from opinionated tasters at Food52 HQ. (Want to know what their favorite was? It's almost too obvious; see page 41.) In the process, we whittled this book down to a complete set of iconic baking recipes that will reliably turn you into a local legend. I'm proud to say that it's a caliber of recipes that none of us would have ever been able to find without the collective experience of crowdsourcing, hundreds of bakers strong.  Here are the criteria I kept in mind and what you can expect to find in this book--right before you find yourself surrounded by Almond Crackle Cookies and Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse .  What are Genius Desserts? Most importantly, they must taste very, very good.  They solve problems.  Most are super easy. A few aren't, but they're worth it. They surprise us. They innovate and move our baking forward. Best of all, the more you bake, the more making desserts can become a continuum. If there's leftover lemon cream, you should definitely smear it between cookies and freeze it for a treat the next time you get home from work in a funk. Stale cake and cookies make amazing trifles, icebox cakes, and something chef Alex Raij calls migas dulces . Pie dough scraps turn into all sorts of brand-new treats--never throw them out. And I promise you this: every dessert in this book also makes an excellent breakfast the next morning. Excerpted from Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake by Kristen Miglore All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

François PayardDorie Greenspan and Pierre HerméAlice MedrichAgatha Kulaga and Erin PatinkinShauna SeverDanielle KartesMaida HeatterDavid LebovitzJulia Moskin & City BakerySarit Packer and Itamar SrulovichDeb PerelmanAnita JaisinghaniMax FalkowitzAlice MedrichSandra WuFlo DrakerCharlotte DruckmanHeidi SwansonFavikenMarian BurrosKaren DemascoEinat AdmonyElizabeth BarboneMeera SodhaYotam Ottolenghi and Sami TamimiMarcella HazanFany GersonMolly YehMaida Heatter and Toni EvinsDanielle NoceMaialino and Rachel BinderMolly YehAmanda HesserLucy CufflinCory Schreiber and Julie RichardsonBrooke DojnyRobe Levy BeranbaumRichard SaxSuzanne GoinNick MalgieriRose Levy BeranbaumClaire PtakAnita ShepherdStephanie SpencerPeter Meehan and Mary-Frances HeckJeanne KelleyKaty PeetzClaudia FlemingAlex RaijMaria SpeckMolly WizenbergAnthony MyintRoberto SantibañezJ. Kenji Löpez-AltNancy Silverton and Dahlia NarvaezNicole KrasinskiBrooks HeadleyNigella LawsonDavid LebovitzSuzanne GoinMax Falkowitz and Ethan FrischAlanna Taylor-TobinDori SandersJulia TurshenMichael SolomonovEngin AkinMeera SodhaJeffrey MorgenthalerNigella LawsonGrace ParisiBill SmithCindy MushetLouisa ShafiaRose Levy BeranbaumPaula WolfertMartha StewartJeni Britton BauerMindy FoxLindsey ShereGina DepalmaRachel Khong and George Mendes and Genevieve KoClaudia FlemingPierre HermÉVirginia WillisRenee Erickson and Susan KaplanJim Dodge Via Russ ParsonsDiana HenryLindsey ShereMadhur JaffreyMichelle PolzinePaul Virant
Forewordp. x
Introductionp. 1
Baking Rules & Assumptionsp. 5
Genius Baking Toolsp. 9
Road Map to all of the Genius Tipsp. 12
Cookies & Candyp. 15
The Brownie-Chocolate Chip Family
Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies fromp. 17
World Peace Cookies fromp. 18
Best Cocoa Brownies fromp. 22
Blondies from America's Test Kitchenp. 25
Secretly Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies fromp. 26
Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle fromp. 29
Gloriously Chewy
Coconut Custard Macaroons fromp. 30
Skinny Peanut Wafers fromp. 33
Nonfat Gingersnaps fromp. 34
Peanut Butter Sandies fromp. 37
Coconut Slice fromp. 38
Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats fromp. 41
Magic Potionsp. 42
Roasted Sugar fromStella Parks
Ground Croccante fromMarcella Hazan
Toasted Milk Powder from Ideas in Food
Chocolate Magic Dust fromJami Curi
Lemon Square Cookies fromp. 45
Pistachio Millionaire's Shortbread with Coriander Butterscotch fromp. 46
Crisp-Crumbly: The Bake-Ahead Dream
Nibby Buckwheat Butter Cookies fromp. 49
Thin & Crispy Black Sesame Oatmeal Cookies fromp. 50
Pains d'Amande fromp. 53
Cacio e Pepe Shortbread fromp. 54
Biscottini fromp. 57
Douglas's Whole Wheat Jam Thumbprints fromp. 58
Erna's Lace Cookies fromp. 61
Back-to-School Raspberry Granola Bars fromp. 62
Easy Baklava fromp. 65
Cookies, Now!p. 66
Cinnamon Toast Cookies fromMolly Wizenberg
Almond Crackle Cookies fromDopie Greenspan
The World's Easiest Cookies fromp. 66
Candy For Non-Candymakers
Easiest Peppermint Patties from the Joy Kitchenp. 69
Three-Ingredient Coconut Fudge (Topra Pak) fromp. 70
Wonder Dough: Pistachio & Rose Water Meringues fromp. 73
Meringue Spin-Offsp. 76
Layered Meringue Cake
Eton Mess
Croccante fromp. 79
Peanut Marzipans (Mazapanes de Cacahuate) fromp. 80
Marzipan Butter fromp. 80
How to Turn a Loaf of Bread into Dessertp. 83
Apricot, Nectarine & Plum Bruschetta from the River Café
Toasted Bread Crumb Ice Cream fromEmily Luchetti
Sugared Croutons fromJeni Britton Sauer
Raspberry Ripple Sandwich fromNigel Slater
No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies fromAlexandra Stafford
Cakesp. 87
Lazy Cakes
East 62nd Street Lemon Cake fromp. 89
Brazilian Carrot Cake (Bolo de Cenoura) fromp. 90
Olive Oil Cake fromp. 93
Dark Chocolate-Marzipan Scone Loaf fromp. 94
Almond Cake fromp. 97
Weird & Wonderful Banana Cake fromp. 98
Rhubarb Buckle with Ginger Crumb fromp. 101
Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecans fromp. 102
Show Cakes
Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte fromp. 105
Chocolate Cloud Cake fromp. 109
Hazelnut-Brown Butter Cake with Sautéed Pears fromp. 110
Rum-Scented Marble Cake fromp. 114
All-Occasion Downy Yellow Butter Cake with Neoclassic Buttercream fromp. 118
Coffee Cardamom Walnut Cakes fromp. 122
More Layers & Frostingsp. 124
Superstable Fruity Whipped Cream Frosting fromStella Parks
White, Milk, or Dark Chocolate Mousse for Layer Cakes fromJoanne Chang
Two-Ingredient Sweet Potato Frosting fromGenevieve Ko
Rogue Cakes
Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake with Superfluffy Frosting fromp. 127
Whole Orange Cake from Sunsetp. 131
Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream fromp. 132
Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting from Fine Cookingp. 135
Parsley Cake from Roberta'sp. 137
Guinness Stout Ginger Cake fromp. 138
New-Fashioned Apple Cider Doughnuts from Ideas in Foodp. 141
Wonder Dough: Sponge Cake (& Cookie) Base Recipe fromp. 145
Cake & Cookie Spin-Offsp. 147
Migas Dulces
Cookie Trifle
Custards, Puddings & Frozen Thingsp. 149
Puddings & Other Comforts
Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse fromp. 151
Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding fromp. 152
French Toast Crunch fromp. 155
Mango Cream with Berries (Crema de Mango con Moras) fromp. 156
Ten-Minute Lime Cracker Pie fromp. 159
Butterscotch Budino fromp. 160
Apple Granita with Créme FraÎche Tapioca fromp. 164
Tiramisu fromp. 168
Mostly No-Churn Ice Creams
One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream fromp. 172
Chocolate Sorbet fromp. 175
Sweet Pistachios in Olive Oil fromp. 175
Best (& Easiest) Frozen Yogurt fromp. 176
XL Granola Crumbles fromp. 176
No-Churn Fresh Lemon Ice Cream fromp. 179
Coconut "Ice Cream" with Lime & Mango fromp. 180
Dueling Chocolate Saucesp. 182
Hot Fudge fromJen Britton Bauer
Olive Oil Chocolate Sauce fromBrooks Headley
Lazy Cold Treats
Tahini Semifreddo fromp. 185
Sweet Tahini Fondue fromp. 185
Cardamom & Rose Water Kulfi fromp. 186
Grasshopper Shake fromp. 189
Meringue Gelato Cake with Chocolate Sauce fromp. 190
Frozen Lemon Cream Sandwiches fromp. 193
More Saucy & Crunchy Toppersp. 194
Instant Aged Balsamic from America's Test Kitchen
Candied Sesame Seeds from Estela
Double-Chocolate Cookie Crumbles fromNicole Krasinski
Pies & Tartsp. 196
Seriously Easy Pies
Atlantic Beach Pie fromp. 199
Italian Jam Shortbread Tart (Fregolotta) fromp. 200
No-Bake Persimmon & Goat Cheese Cheesecake fromp. 203
Flaky Vessels For Fruit
Wonder Dough: No-Stress Pie Dough from Stella Parksp. 204
Pie Dough Spin-Offsp. 209
Pie Dumplings
Cobbler Toppers & Pandowdies
The Fruitiest Peach (or Nectarine or Apple) Pie fromp. 211
Apple Galette from Canal Housep. 215
Fried Apple Peek fromp. 215
Slab Pie fromp. 216
Piekies fromp. 219
Double Blueberry Tart fromp. 220
Cranberry Sage Pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirdsp. 223
Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crunch from Yankee Magazinep. 224
Fancy Tarts
Almond Tart fromp. 227
Obsessive Ricotta Cheesecake fromp. 231
Egg Tarts from Yank Sing Withp. 233
Chocolate Caramel Tart fromp. 237
French Lemon Cream Tart fromp. 241
Mostly Fruitp. 243
Cobblers, Crisps & Shortcakes
Four-Ingredient Strawberry Shortcakes from PJ Hamel Of King Arthur Flourp. 245
Meme's Blackberry Batter Cobbler fromp. 246
Peach Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust fromp. 249
Apricot-Raspberry Crisp with Almonds fromp. 250
Fruit Dressed Up
Poached Nectarines in Rosé fromp. 253
Baked Caramel Pears fromp. 254
Fried Stuffed Dates (Khajoor Ka Meetha) fromp. 257
Slow-Roasted Strawberries fromp. 258
Yogurt Whipped Cream from Saveurp. 258
Pumpkin Butter fromp. 261
A Handy Formula to Memorize: Fruit + Cream + Sugar + Heatp. 262
Thank-Yousp. 264
Genius Tipstersp. 267
Indexp. 268