The Sweet Life: Basics and Beyond
MasterChef Australia 2011 winner Kate Bracks knows about desserts. This mouthwatering array of inspired dessert recipes includes favourites such as Apple Pie, Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Mousse as well as fresh new ideas, such as Kate's Chocolate, Date and Hazelnut Torte, Raspberry and Pistachio Frozen Nougat and Vincotto Figs with Caramelised Walnuts and Mascarpone. Kate also puts modern twists on old classics, from her Spiced Creme Brulee, to her irresistible Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches, or her Brown Butter Cheesecake. This is food to weaken even the strongest resolve! The structure of the book is designed to guide the home cook from the 'basics' - incorporating basic techniques, such as sauces and syrups; how to make the perfect meringue; make your pastry rather than buy it; how to cook with gelatine - to 'beyond the basics' for the more confident cook. And, if you really want to impress, there's a chapter at the end where all the techniques can be put together to wow your friends and family. There's also a code throughout the book to help you determine which recipes are most suited to your particular cooking desires and ability. Indulge your own sweet tooth with this glorious book of baked treats and dessert recipes from Australia's MasterChef 2011 winner; and don't forget the golden rule...always lick the bowl!
Sarah Giles is Editor of BBC Easy Cook magazine. Her passion for cooking started with the encouragement of two 'fantastically inspirational' home economics teachers at school and having learnt all the basic, essential recipes and good old-fashioned techniques from them, she went on to cook as a hobby for many years, eventually becoming a finalist on Masterchef in the early years of the show. She has worked as a journalist and editor on many different lifestyle and home-interest magazines and became Food Editor of Easy Cook in 2006 and then Editor in 2007. 'It's my dream job,' she says. 'When I'm cooking, I like to make tasty, nutritious food without spending hours in the kitchen - and that's exactly what Easy Cook is all about.'