Desserts

Desserts

By
David Frenkiel, Luise Vindahl Andersen
Contains
14 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781784880842
Photographer
David Frenkiel

Baking and experimenting with sweet treats has always had a deeply joyful effect on me. I guess it is partly connected with the anticipation that something delicious is en route but it’s also the process that excites me. The toasting of the nuts, melting of the butter, the way a few sea salt flakes enhance the chocolate flavour, how natural syrups can be extracted from a fruit by macerating it in honey and lemon. And, of course, the smell that finds its way through our kitchen when a cake is in the oven. It’s pure happiness.

I have been baking since I was a kid and still remember the recipes for the blueberry muffins and sticky chocolate cake that I used to bake with my mum. Luise’s and my dessert recipes, however, have new qualities to them. We use natural sweeteners that often bring a wonderful flavour of their own to the desserts – burnt tones of maple syrup, flowery hints from honey, caramel nuances in soft dates and all that wide fruitiness from bananas. By incorporating nut flours in our baked recipes we add interesting texture, flavour and moisture to them. We also feature pumpkin, beetroot, avocado and even black beans in some of our recipes – sometimes because of the colour and flavour that they add, other times because they have the perfect texture.

Our intention has never been to create anything less tasty or indulgent than you are used to. Quite the opposite: we have taken these off-path routes to bring more natural flavours, sweetness and hidden tones to our desserts, which make them both more interesting and lip-smackingly delicious. David

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