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Monday, January 19, 2015

Sugar Rush #sugarrushcookbook @johnny_iuzzini


I have always wanted to make macarons. I'm not a huge fan of them, but my youngest daughter loves them. Every time we visit a bakery she has to get one or two or three or..... I finally made some this week from my newest cook book, Sugar RUSH. She loved them & she said they were the best ones she has ever eaten. Her only complaint was that we should have made more.




Sugar Rush: Master Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Sweet Baking is a beautiful cookbook. All 352 glossy pages are full of colorful photos that show not only the finished product, but a lot of details and step-by-step instructions. The recipes are divided into 9 categories and has a wide variety of desserts. 

  1. Custards and Creamy Desserts
  2. Eggs and Meringue
  3. Caramel
  4. Cakes, Cupcakes, Brownies, and Muffins
  5. Cookies, Tea Cakes, and Biscuits
  6. Tarts, Cobblers, and Crisps
  7. Yeast Doughs
  8. Glazes, Frostings, Fillings, and Sauces
  9. Building a Balanced Dessert
Johnny Iuzzini gives a very good introduction on getting started. He goes over equipment, tools, and ingredients. He also introduces each chapter discussing the main concepts, giving tips to ensure success, and plenty of recipes to practice. I love how he introduces each recipe describing the dessert, offering suggestions of flavors that go with it, or sharing some history of the dessert or recipe. I actually went through the entire cookbook like a book. I read the introductions, tips, and a lot of the recipe instructions before I ever got started with a recipe. 

If I were to go back to school I would want to go to culinary school & become a real pastry chef. Instead I have chose to stay home and homeschool my kids. I not only teach myself as much as I can about dessert, but I also teach my girls what I learn. This cookbook makes me feel like I am a student of Johnny, and now that the holidays are over we are going to use it in our homeschool. We are going to start at the beginning of the book and work our way through every recipe and technique for a culinary credit.
Everything I have made so far I actually followed the instructions exactly. The instructions were all very easy to follow and made wonderful desserts. Everyone loved the Macarons, Marshmallows, and Crystallized Nuts. My girls and I already picked out we want to try next; Citrus Sabayon, Kouign-Amann, and of course Semifreddo. 

If you are looking for a cookbook to make wonderful desserts this is one you will want to have. There are plenty of tips and instructions that teach different techniques and types of desserts for beginning bakers and also plenty of flavor options for more advanced home cooks. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Sugar Rush free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.





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