I’m taking a short break from my Twenty Days of Happiness posting to bring you this review.
I purchased Chloe Coscarelli’s most recent book, Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, shortly after its release and I’ve been cooking through it steadily since then.
I’m a big fan of Coscarelli’s first cookbook, Chloe’s Kitchen, for it’s easy recipes and beautiful photos. Chloe’s Vegan Desserts delivers more of the same. It includes chapters on Dessert for Breakfast, Cookies, Pies and Tarts, Cakes and Cupcakes, Spoon Desserts and Drinks. The recipes are generally easy to make and call for common ingredients (no tofu or egg replacer here), which I think makes this a great book for new vegans and non-vegans. I’ve shared recipes with omni friends whose children have food allergies and they have reported back with positive results.
The book includes a lot of baking standards such as apple pie, brownies and lemon bars and a few inventive new recipes (tiramisu pancakes, rum raisin rice pudding). While those who already own a lot of baking books may find this one boring, I think even the basic recipes stand out for ease of preparation. My main complaint is the consistent lack of instruction regarding how to tell when a baked good is done. For example, a recipe will say that it bakes for 18-20 minutes, but leave you to guess as to what it should look like when fully baked (firm in the middle? brown around the edges with a soft middle?, etc.)
If you click on the “Chloes Desserts” tag, you can see my photos and reviews for the Chocolate Stout Cupcakes, Banana Cobbler and Lemon Raspberry Tart. I’ve also made:
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie — It’s a giant cookie baked in a pie crust. What’s not to like?
- Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake — This came out a little thin for my taste, though the flavor was good.
- Cinnamon Mocha Cupcakes — These are my favorite cupcakes I have ever made. Perfect crumb and perfect flavor profile. I can see why Coscarelli won cupcake wars.
- Chocolate Donuts — These are baked donuts that taste like chocolate cake — not as donut-y as I would have liked. I assume that what I was missing was the fried taste of a regular donut.
- Snowball Cookies — Whenever I bake, my husband requests chocolate chip cookies. These chocolate chip shortbread cookies were a nice change of pace. My son loved them.