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Fancy Schmancy Desserts

Updated: September 5, 2019

So, you've ridden out the cupcake, cake pop, and whoopee pie crazes. You've eaten fennel-scented artisan bread pudding out of little mason jars. Whatever the next big dessert trend may be, the library has you covered. The following are some of the contenders on how to make extra special marshmallows, doughuts, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, Jello, and mug cakes, and some classics.

MacDonald, Rory,
Call Number: 641.71 M135

Rory MacDonald is a top pastry chef, and the owner of Chanson and The Dessert Bar in New York City. He shares some of his techniques which are accompanied by gorgeous full-page close-up color photographs.

Manzke, Margarita, 1974-
Call Number: 641.71 M296

Based in Los Angeles, master baker Margarita Manzke, owner of République, shows all of us how to make all kinds of goodies--from the simple to the complex.

Curl, Jami,
Call Number: 641.85 C9757

Not your mother's lollipops and gumdrops.

Makan, Chetna,
Call Number: 641.71 M2343

Bake cakes with exotic ingredients such as fenugreek, tamarind and rosewater.

Arias, Tessa.
Call Number: 641.86 A696

This book contains thorough explanations of ingredients, equipment, storage, and troubleshooting for ice cream sandwiches made from homemade ice cream and cookies. There are recipes for popular ice cream flavors such as French Vanilla and also unusual flavors such as red wine, carrot cake and many more. As for the cookie part of the sandwich, there are again conventional and unconventional flavors for a variety of cookies with detailed assembly and decorating instructions. The author comes up with some clever combinations such as the Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwich using raspberry ice cream and flourless peanut butter cookies and a Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich for the holidays using pumpkin spice ice cream and gingerbread men.

Belanger, Victoria.
Call Number: 641.864 B426

The author seeks to reinvent Jello for sophisticated adults with functioning teeth who are not in the hospital. The book shares tips and tricks about chilling, molding and unmolding. Some of the fruity gelatin recipes in this book remind us too much of cafeterias of old, but the “boozy molds” chapter got our attention. The Sparkling Champagne and Strawberries recipe with bubbles fixed in the Jello looks very appealing and the Pear and Lychee recipe, that includes a half cup of cold vodka, served in martini glasses is an idea we can really get behind.

Gampp, Yolanda,
Call Number: 641.8653 G194

These cakes look like something else, literally.

Kaldunski, Shelly.
Call Number: 641.86 K14

Kaldunski promises new flavors for refined, grown-up palates and organizes the recipes into the categories: fruity, chocolate, creamy, and new-flavored. The author emphasizes high quality ingredients and cautions that flavors can dull with freezing. Ice pop molds are recommended for some of the recipes, while for others, an ice tray or other kinds of molds will do. The book also has creative ideas for using alternatives to wooden sticks, such as cinnamon sticks and pretzel rods. The instructions are mercifully simple. Some of the tempting recipes include Blueberry-Lemon Verbena, Mexican Chocolate, and Cucumber Lime-Mint

Heatter, Maida.
Call Number: 641.8 H442-4 1999

America's queen of baking, Maida Heatter presents some great desserts, some fancy and some rather simple, but all of them are scrumptious.

Garrett, Toba.
Call Number: 641.8653 G239-3

Inspirational cake decorating on the another level from Toba Garret, who is an expert in cake decorating and has trained other experts.

Gerson, Fany,
Call Number: 641.86 G382-1

Unusual ice cream and sorbet flavors such as Avocado-Passion Fruit and Corn and Cacao.

Hilker, Carol.
Call Number: 641.8 H644

Many of the recipes in this book start from a basic vanilla marshmallow recipe that can be made at home from scratch. The author adds tantalizing ingredients like coconut, cardamom, or rosewater to the basic recipe, or substitutes the requisite ice water with flat champagne or apple juice. This inventive book also offers recipes for vegan marshmallows, marshmallow fluff, brownies and special s’mores.

Freeman, Caitlin.
Call Number: 641.8 F855

Here are desserts that could be auctioned off at Sotheby's, but are good enough to eat.

Tosi, Christina.
Call Number: 641.8 T714

This cookbook has inspired many imitators with its cereal milk ice cream, which is famous! Now everyone can enjoy this treat and many others.

Bilderback, Leslie.
Call Number: 641.8653 B595-1

The author admits that the idea of a microwaved cake in a mug is not going to help the reader “gain a spot on the Culinary Olympic team.” However, this book should win some kind of award for fun. We tried the “Moon Pie Mug Cake” recipe and were pleasantly surprised at the speediness and tastiness of the results. Some of the less standard cake recipes in the book are Green Tea, Victorian Rose, Mexican Chocolate, and Sesame Ginger. Because no one wants to take the time to split a raw egg in half, the recipes in this book are actually written for two mugs.

Herme, Pierre,
Call Number: 641.8654 H553-1 2015

Pierre Hermé is the grand master of French pastry chefs.This book is the ultimate guide to making macarons.

Evans-Hylton, Patrick.
Call Number: 641.65677 E926

There is more to flavored popcorn than Cracker Jack apparently. This book begins with a brief history of popcorn and explains the popcorn types and methods of popping. The author asserts that popcorn, like wine, “picks up some of its characteristics from the terroir – a mix of the soil and climate where it is grown” and advises sampling many varieties. Many of the recipes in this book are for simple, flavored popcorn, both sweet and savory, that result in high fiber, low calorie treats. Evans-Hylton’s recipes mix popcorn with ingredient such as lemon juice, black pepper, paprika, and rosemary. There are also some intriguing, slightly more complicated recipes such as Popcorn and Pine Nut Brittle and Hawaiian Luau Bars.

Ansel, Dominique (Chef),
Call Number: 641.8 A618

Author Dominique Ansel created the Cronut, a delicacy which is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut.

Ameen, Malika,
Call Number: 641.8 A498

Honey Persimmon Ice Cream with Brown Sugar Crumble? Watermelon jasmine sherbet? Definitely fancy schmancy and delicious.

Klebeck, Mark.
Call Number: 641.71 K63

The authors make 75 million doughnuts per year, many of them distributed to Starbucks coffee shops and Whole Foods stores in the Pacific Northwest. However, the doughnuts in this book can be made at home with a deep fryer or large heavy bottomed pan. There are recipes for traditional cake doughnuts, yeast-raised doughnuts and old-fashioned doughnuts with conventional flavors (maple, chocolate, coconut) and unconventional flavors (spiced Chai, pumpkin, peppermint, lavender).

Call Number: 641.71 T9715

Twenty-five fabulous profiles of today's leading American bakers and some of their best recipes.

Mahut, Sandra, author, photographer.
Call Number: 641.59 M216

It is possible to make desserts that are prettyand good to eat, and do it all with natural, vegetarian ingredients.