Review: The Lady & Sons Just Desserts

Review: The Lady & Sons Just Desserts

22 Jan

The Lady & Sons Just Desserts: More Than 120 Sweet Temptations from Savannah’s Favorite Restaurant
by Paula Deen
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN-10: 0743290208
ISBN-13: 978-0743290203
Product description:
As Paula Deen will tell y’all, there’s just no satisfying way to finish a delicious meal without a scrumptious, mouthwatering dessert!

In this beautiful hardcover edition of The Lady & Sons Just Desserts, Paula — author, restaurateur, and Food Network star — devotes her trademark southern charm to a tempting collection of more than 120 delightful recipes, guaranteed to indulge any sweet tooth. Whether you’re baking for the holidays or an after-dinner treat, there are crowd-pleasers here for any occasion.

These are the classic down-home recipes that have made Paula beloved to her fans everywhere, from her signature Gooey Butter Cake and Key Lime Grits Pie to Pecan Shortbread Bars, Hidden Mint Cookies, and Iron Skillet Brownies. Whether you’re whipping up an Old South Jelly Roll Cake for a weekday treat or baking the Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie or Christmas Nut Pie for a holiday celebration, these treats are as easy to create as they are to enjoy. The Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake — in coconut (Jamie’s favorite), caramel (Bobby’s favorite), or chocolate — makes a wonderful birthday surprise, and the Tennessee Banana-Black Walnut Cake with Caramel Frosting is a southern favorite sure to become one of yours as well. There is also a wide array of cookies, bars, and candy, including Savannah Cheesecake Cookies, Orange Brownies, Chocolate Brickle, and Creamy Caramels. Even the most time-pressed cook will find it a snap to create these from-scratch recipes, using Paula’s tips for reliable convenience ingredients and time-tested shortcuts that will impress and delight family and friends.

Filled with warm baking memories and family stories, The Lady & Sons Just Desserts is already a kitchen classic. There are also helpful baking tips for measuring ingredients, storing leftovers, and even cutting a few calories, as well as tasty flavor variations and unique serving suggestions throughout. So bring the folks together to create your own memorable meals and occasions and remember to save room for dessert!

Thumbing through The Lady & Sons Just Desserts: More Than 120 Sweet Temptations from Savannah’s Favorite Restaurant

My thoughts:

Recently, Paula Deen has been taking some heat after announcing that she suffers from diabetes. While I understand questions about some of the dishes that she prepares, I struggle to understand to understand the personal attacks.  Being one of the most politically incorrect people you will ever meet, I decided to review

Paula Deen’s dessert cookbook.
I enjoyed the glossy color pictures of what the desserts could look like, but I would like to have seen a lot more of them. The desserts were fabulous and I couldn’t help but think of some of the desserts served at my own family gatherings. Paula gives you more than just recipes, she also shares her personal anecdotes.
Douglas’ Dark Rum Pecan Pie 
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup dark Karo syrup
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 to 2 cups pecan halves, according to taste
2 tablespoons Myers Original Dark Rum (1 for the pie and 1 for you!)
1 unbaked deep-dish 9-inch pie shell
Preheat oven to 375F.

Combine sugar and butter in a bowl; stir in syrup, eggs, pecans, and rum. Pour into unbaked pie shell; place on heavy-duty cookie sheet. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350F and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until pie is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
I was surprised to read the section on healthier calorie cutting tips. “You may substitute skim milk for whole milk [...]  A great substitute for sour cream is nonfat plain yogurt [...] Lean towards angel food or sponge cake instead of butter cake.”

All in all, I really enjoyed the book, and I highly recommend it.
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