The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts

The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts

by Good Housekeeping (Editor)


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Here comes the most scrumptious collection of delectable desserts ever from the Good Housekeeping kitchens. They bring you more than 200 mouthwatering cakes, cookies, and sweets so good you’ll want to make every one. As always, the chefs at Good Housekeeping triple-test each recipe, so you know they will be delicious and fail-safe. In addition, the Good Housekeeping pros offer useful preparation tips on everything from assembling cake layers to testing for doneness. Top off a meal with an absolutely irresistible rich chocolate cake with pink sugar roses. Don’t tell anyone how simple it is to whip up the Florentine Cream Cake known as Zucotto—just enjoy the applause. Want a festive holiday treat? White Chocolate and Cranberry Trifle will do the trick; prepare it in advance and keep it in the refrigerator for easy entertaining. (There are tips for decorating the trifle top, too.) Plus: individual chocolate soufflés, crème caramel, strawberry-orange charlotte, apple turnovers, and other temptations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588163684
Publisher: Hearst
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: Good Housekeeping Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,182,280
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.47(d)

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4 servings
Begin about 1 hour
before serving

3 medium-sized cooking apples (about 1 pound)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
5 large egg whites

  1. Peel apples; cut into quarters; with sharp knife, remove cores.
  2. Cut apples into bite-sized chunks. In 2-quart saucepan over high heat, heat apples and 1/4 cup water to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender. Stir in sugar and almond extract. Remove saucepan from heat; refrigerate apple mixture in saucepan to cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 4500 F. In large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  4. With rubber spatula or wire whisk, gently fold egg whites into cooled apple mixture until evenly incorporated.
  5. Spoon mixture into 1 1/2-quart souffli dish.
  6. Bake 15 minutes or until souffli is puffy and lightly browned.


When souffli is done, remove from oven and sprinkle top lightly with confectioners' sugar; serve immediately.

Copyright )1991 by Dorling Kindersley Limited and The Hearst Corporation

Table of Contents

Special Desserts7
Mousses and Souffles10
Custards and Creams20
Crepes and Blintzes46
Fruit Desserts51
Cakes and Tortes82
Pies, Tarts, Pastries, and Hot Fruit Desserts147
Hot Fruit Desserts214
Frozen Desserts241
Useful Information and Basic Recipes273

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Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KJL-DLD More than 1 year ago
The recipes in this cookbook are easy to follow and create professional looking desserts sure to impress your family and friends. I wore out my first copy and have repeatedly purchased it as gifts for friends.
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Stephay More than 1 year ago
This book has tasty recipes and wonderful color photos of them! It's a must have for all bakers!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The photos are great because they show what the things look like before they decoorate them so you know you are okay. It has really good and simple easy to follow instructions on how to create the decorations and garnishes for all of the recipes. It is a great book at a reasonable price.
AlfredG More than 1 year ago
The wide variety of dessert possibilities is what drew me to this book. Although it is definitely not for the beginning baker or cake decorator. It's step by step instructions will help you prepare a dessert that will be the talk (positive) of any get together. Some of the basic things, like how to check a cheesecake to see if its ready to take out of the oven are missing on the individual recipes. And as I said some of the decorating ideas are a step above the beginner. But try the Prailine Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe ... It alone is worth the cost of the book, (OH and the sour cherry pie is delicious!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a collection of cookbooks and I still turn to this one anytime a dessert is needed. I have received numerous compliments over the years on every recipe I ever tried from this book. With easy step by step directions anyone can make these great desserts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have for everyone who enjoys desserts. Every receipe has a picture so you know what the end result SHOULD be. It also illustrates more difficult techniques, garnishes, (veggie, fruit and chocolate) and a helpful information section of terms and basics. I can't wait to get Volume II.