Great Old American Desserts

Beatrice A. Ojakangas, Author Dutton Books $18.95 (293p) ISBN 978-0-525-24534-6
Cooking teacher and author (Gourmet Cooking for Two, etc.t Ojakangas offers a diversity of desserts that span the various periods and regions of American cooking. Some dishes are accompanied by chatty notes, explaining, for example, that waffles were introduced by the Dutch in the 1800s. But these are mere embellishments, and the business side of this book is the generous assortment of enticing, lucid recipes meant to be used by modern-day bakers. Creole sweet-potato and old Arkansas vinegar pies are examples of ""America's favorite dessert.'' The chocolate Kentucky bourbon-pecan cake and ``Lazy-Daisy'' cake (first baked, then topped with a brown sugar-and-butter topping) are among the more unusual cake contributions. Pastry and dough-based items include cream puffs and New Orleans beignets, while cooked fruit comes to the fore in baked pears with mint cream, plum duff and fresh berry tumble. Puddings and ice creams round out a collection that will nudge dessert lovers into the kitchen to recapture old favorites and discover new ones. (June 29)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1987
Release date: 06/01/1987
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