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Sweet Maria's Italian Desserts: Classic and Casual Recipes for Cookies, Cakes, Pastry, and Other Favorites
Sanchez, Maria Bruscino
Griffin Trade Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In her latest endeavor, Sanchez (Sweet Maria's Cake Kitchen and Sweet Maria's Italian Cookie Tray) serves up enticing recipes for Italian and Italian-American specialties, including the ubiquitous cookies as well as cakes and
tarts. Sanchez's spirit is casual, and her recipes rely on readily available ingredients as is typical of Italian dessert making, which is often improvisational in spirit. Ricotta and citrus, nuts and fresh fruits are showcased in their full, tasty
glory. There are Fig and Walnut Biscotti, perfect for dunking in wine or espresso; Chocolate Calzone, little pockets of chocolate dough enclosing a chocolate and nut filling; and, of course, Italian Ladyfingers, essential for Tiramisu. There are nut
cakes and rich chocolate cakes with chestnut cream or Polenta Cake topped with sour cherry filling. An Italian cheesecake features ricotta and is scented with amaretto. Bountiful fruit tarts include fig, pear and pine nut. There are traditional
favorites, such as cannoli as well as sweet breads, for Christmas and Easter. The treats beguile but what may be even more appealing is the atmosphere they createAcoffee on the porch and Sunday dinners with the whole family.
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From Library Journal
Sanchez is the owner of a bakery in Waterbury, CT, and the author of two earlier baking books. Here she focuses on the desserts she grew up with, treats baked by her mother, grandmother, and
extended family (several of her aunts work at the bakery today): Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, Tuscan Harvest Cake, Panettone. Nick Malgieri's Great Italian Desserts (LJ 12/90) includes recipes for many of these, as does Michele Scicolone's La Dolce Vita
(1993), but Sanchez's earlier books have proved... read more
Sweet Maria's Italian Desserts is baker Maria Bruscino Sanchez's loving tribute to the desserts her family has enjoyed for generations - desserts you'll find in
Italy and in Italian-American homes on special occasions and, in many cases, any day of the year. These are festive favorites like Traditional Cannoli, Espresso Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Amaretto Chiffon Cake, Spiced Gelato, and many others. The result of
years of baking in Italy, in her popular bakery, and in the kitchens of her grandmother, mother, and aunts (many of whom do the baking at Sweet Maria's), the book includes cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, pastry, sweet breads, frozen desserts, fruit dishes,
and other specialties-all made with warmth, tradition, and a love of great desserts.
Presented with simple instructions, tips from the bakery, and a dollop of background information on the customs and history of the desserts, these creative,
top-notch recipes will bring delicious favorites to your kitchen.
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