Are you a dessert fantasist? Someone who, like me, imagines what it would be like to combine two favorite sweets like pumpkin pie and deep butter cake only to ponder the end result? Dorothy Kern is a dessert fantasist too. Unlike me, she turned her dessert “wonderings” into a delightful book, Dessert Mash-Ups, filled from cover-to-cover with 52 inspiring recipes for the most wondrous desserts imaginable. Not only are her creations truly inspired and lots of fun, but they are delicious, too. The Carrot Cake Coffee Cake is a favorite of mine, but then anything that manages to, essentially, grant permission to have cake for breakfast suits me.
Her baking interests began at her mother’s side, eventually resulting in the creation of her blog Crazy for Crust, that led to this clever book. Divided into categories such as, Breakfast but Better, Pie Surprise, and New Takes on Cheesecake (Oh, yeah!), you will find lots of inspiration here.
It's a slim volume, meaning that, yes, indeed, you do have room for it on your already over packed book shelves, with enthusiastic intros for each recipe along with mouthwatering pictures. You might consider trying the Cinnamon Roll Cookies, or the, brace yourself, Overnight Pumpkin Cheesecake French toast. Hello, breakfast! And surely she had me in mind when she created the “Sconuts,” and (gulp) Lemon
Meringue Pie Fudge. Can you imagine? Pie in a portable, hide-it-in-your-purse, form. Genius!
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Desperate for a treat for Friday’s trick-or-treaters? Come back tomorrow where I'll be providing you with an easy, seasonal, and tasty recipe from the book that will pretty much turn the things you have in your pantry into a treat that nicely replicates a Payday bar!
I highly recommend this book for pretty much everybody. Those who are inexperienced will find a lot to make here, as many of the recipes are relatively easy. Those who like more of a challenge will be satisfied as well. And those who simply enjoy reading cookbooks will find this one similarly enjoyable. What more can one ask?
Pumpkin Pie Magic Bars
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Ulysses Press in exchange for an honest review.