Happy Wednesday! Today’s new “Cookbook Corner” goes to…
“Joy the Baker: Homemade Decadence” By: Joy Wilson
This book is the sequel to Joy’s first book, “Joy the Baker” and is delightfully charming. The cover photo took my attention right away – a cake lined around with pretzels. I’ve always loved the sweet and salty combination, and the whole “chocolate / pretzel” thing has always been in my eyesight. The cake, called “Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Layer Cake” can be found on page 190 and contains a “Salted Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting” – I mean really… How bad could that be!?
Browsing through the book the first thing you will notice is the photographs. Beautiful photos that immediately make you hungry – or at least, they did me.
The book is divided up into 5 categories…
Brunch / Cookies, Brownies and Bars / Pies, Crumbles and Cobblers / Layer Cakes, Cupcakes, and Skillet Cakes / Ice Cream Social
Brunch contained one of my favorite photographs in the entire book (page 15). Joy talks about the different ways to “top toast”, and although simple…it’s really quite interesting. I love the chocolate hazelnut spread with rainbow jimmies option – but maybe that is just a personal preference.
Cookies, Brownies, and Bars contained quite a few recipes I marked to try including “Chocolate Malted Oatmeal Cookies with Salted Peanuts” (page 79), “Blackberry Pie Cookies” (page 91), and “Set It and Don’t Forget It Cookies” (page 104).
Pies, Crumbles and Cobblers contained a recipe that my Grandma and I might try this coming weekend, “Salty Pretzel Crust” (page 130) which looks amazing – and so simple…why didn’t I think of this!? I will also be trying the “Double-Crusted Lemon-Blueberry Pie” (page 139). And speaking of wondering why I didn’t think of something – why didn’t I think of adding peanut butter to banana pudding!? Why? I don’t know – but Joy DID and you can try it on page 148 – I’ll be trying this for Thanksgiving.
Layer Cakes, Cupcakes and Skillet Cakes contains one of my favorite recipes in the book “Lemon-Honey Yellow Cake” (page 183) and just looks and sounds amazing. It contains “Lemon-Honey Cream Cheese Frosting” – be still my heart! Ha! 😉 It also contains a “Vegan Chocolate Cake” (page 196) and a recipe for “Brown Sugar Cupcakes” (YUM – page 211). Oh – and let’s not forget the “Under-baked Chocolate Chip Skillet Cake” (page 221), which basically just sounds like a huge under-baked cookie – not bad!
Ice Cream Social contains tons of delicious ice creams such as “Salted Dark Chocolate and Orange” (page 228), “Blueberry-Goat Cheese” (page 235), and “Brown Sugar-Cream Cheese” (page 237).
I recommend this book for those who love cookbooks with great pictures, sweet and salty combinations, lovers of brunch and lovers of desserts and ice cream. It’s really a treasure to add to your cookbook collection – you’ll be glad you did.
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