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Dessert Circus at Home : Fun, Fanciful, And Easy-To-make Desserts
Published: January 1999
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As in his first book, Dessert Circus, Jacques Torres's second offering, Dessert Circus at Home, lures home cooks into making his most elegant creations. Even if your pastry skills are so-so, Torres makes it easy to follow the recipes by
leading you through them step by step. Many recipes are very simple to follow, especially those for brownies, cheesecake, and banana cream pie. The goodies you make using Torres's recipes are likely to be the best you will ever eat!
Torres is such
a gifted teacher that even beginners may confidently try advanced recipes, such as brioche (although it might help if you catch any of the television programs that Dessert Circus at Home accompanies). This book includes the same essential information
about equipment, ingredients, and techniques found in Dessert Circus, but adds recipes for pizza dough and 99 other new choices.
A kid at heart, Torres makes lollipops, ice-cream cones, and a birthday cake shaped like a giant sunflower. He offers
Moccachino Cake filled with a decadent ganache of melted chocolate and whipped cream for more sophisticated taste buds. And taking fun to the limit, Torres marries playfulness and solid technique to make Fruit Leather Ravioli and a chocolate mousse
moose, complete with antlers. Check out the color photos to decide which amuses you more. --Dana Jacobi
From Library Journal
Torres is the pastry chef for New York City's renowned Le Cirque 2000, and his PBS series, Dessert Circus, has proved
very popular. The companion volume to the second year of the series and the follow-up to the book Dessert Circus (Morrow, 1997), this work includes fewer of his elaborate signature desserts and more of his simpler ones, though there are certainly some
that do not really qualify as "easy to make." Torres, who has a personable style, likes to play around, and some of his more... read more
Celebrated pastry chef Jacques Torres has finally answered the sweet dream of his
readers: a dessert cookbook specially designed for the home cook! A follow-up of his first book, Dessert Circus, this new cookbook offers mouthwatering desserts that can easily be made in the home kitchen. He has taken his incredible scientific knowledge
of ingredients and baking and used that to develop foolproof recipes for Mochachino Cake, Apple Crisp, Babka, and Upside-Down Lemon Cake and playful desserts like Chocolate Mousse and Porcupine. He also lets children get in on the fun with recipes for
homemade Lollipops, Marshmallows, Chocolate Balloons, and Graham Crackers.
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