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Dessert University : More Than 300 Spectacular Recipes and Essential Lessons from White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier - Roland Mesnier

Dessert University

More Than 300 Spectacular Recipes and Essential Lessons from White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier

By: Roland Mesnier, Lauren Chattman, John Burgoyne (Illustrator), Maren Caruso (Photographer)
eBook Published: 16th June 2008
ISBN: 9781439103593
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As Executive Pastry Chef at the White House for twenty-five years, Roland Mesnier has been responsible for creating thousands of elegant, delicious confections and dazzling desserts for hundreds of state dinners and family occasions. An accomplished teacher as well as a master chef, he now shares his expertise with home cooks in Dessert University, which features more than 300 spectacular recipes.

This beautifully illustrated volume is a complete course in making the full spectrum of spectacular sweets—from breakfast pastries, cookies, and pies to fresh-fruit desserts, frozen confections, and cakes. Recipes in each chapter are organized from the simplest to the most complex, and Chef Mesnier walks you through each step, pointing out common mistakes and offering insights on technique gained from his years as a professional. Most of these recipes need few special ingredients and almost no fancy equipment; nearly everything can be purchased at a well-stocked supermarket, department store, or kitchen supply store. Chef Mesnier includes tips on techniques, ingredients, and serving suggestions, and offers home cooks practical advice, such as how to fill and use a pastry bag and the best way to whip egg whites.

Mesnier starts off with his fresh-fruit desserts, including uniquely wonderful recipes such as Bananas in Raspberry Cream, Blueberry Fool, and Poached Peaches with Chestnut Mousse. He moves on to creamy custards, puddings, soufflés, mousses and Bavarians, ice creams, meringues, crêpes, and breakfast treats (including buttery brioche and croissant doughs). Chef Mesnier's cookie and bar recipes will fill your cookie jar with such treats as Chocolate Chip Cookies, Almond Crescents, Orange Butter Cookies, Brownies, and Florentine Squares. There are sweet and savory tarts, and cakes ranging from the simple (Lemon Pound Cake) to the unusual (Peanut Butter and Jelly Roulade Cake) to the sophisticated (Chocolate Champagne Mousse Cake).

More than fifty black-and-white line drawings throughout illustrate Chef Mesnier's instructions for the more complicated recipes. Whether you're a novice who has never picked up a rolling pin or an accomplished cook looking to hone and enhance your skills, this is truly a book you cannot do without.

Industry Reviews

"Roland Mesnier's desserts were some of the finest pleasures we enjoyed in the White House. This perfectly delicious collection of his favorite recipes is a wonderful resource for bringing into your home the talent of one of the best chefs in the world. I look forward to trying them myself."

CONTENTS

Introduction: Devoted to Dessert

ONE

The Secrets of Simply Wonderful Fruit Desserts

TWO

Light and Silky Puddings, Custards, and Soufflés

THREE

Versatile Mousses and Bavarians

FOUR

Frozen Desserts from Simple to Spectacular

FIVE

Magical Meringues

SIX

Delicate Crêpes and Delectable Fillings

SEVEN

Memorable Breakfast Pastries and Perfect Pastry Doughs

EIGHT

Cookies You Can Count On

NINE

Favorite Tarts and Pies

TEN

Perfect Cakes for All Occasions

ELEVEN

Chocolate Candy and Decorations at Home

TWELVE

Sugar Decorations for Passionate Cooks

THIRTEEN

Syrups, Sauces, Glazes, and Other Dessert Essentials

Appendix: Mail-Order Resources

Metric Equivalencies

Index

ISBN: 9781439103593
ISBN-10: 1439103593
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 16th June 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster