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Instant gratification : no-hassle desserts in just about no time
Chattman, Lauren.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow & Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
230 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TX773 .C474 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Good news: Lack of time is no longer an excuse for not making dessert. Pastry chef and busy mom Lauren Chattman offers 110 foolproof desserts that can be put together in less than fifteen minutes.

These amazing desserts are created by someone who truly understands what it means to cook against the clock. Using quality ingredients and the best of convenience foods, Lauren shares her favorite professional tips and shortcuts, like how to turn wonton wrappers into sweet and crisp "shortcakes" and using crumb cursts instead of time-consuming pastry doughs for pies.

Instant Gratification features streamlined, refined versions of beloved classics: Plum Brown Betty, Blueberry-Walnut Crisp, and warm brownies and ice cream. When a spoonful of comfort food is in order, you'll find succor with Banana-Caramel Bread Pudding, Tea-Infused Panna Cotta, and Buttery Butterscotch Pudding. Company coming? In the blink of an eye, you can whip up Champagne Sabayon with Blackberries or Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake. Bake sale tomorrow? Throw together some almost-instant Deluxe Four-Layer Bars. And when your sweet tooth really demands immediate satisfaction, there's an entire chapter with sweets that can be made and on the table in less than a quarter of an hour.

Every recipe features an equipment list so that no time will be lost fiddling in the kitchen looking for the right utensil. Instant Gratification is all about delicious desserts--and this book shows that it doesn't take long to make them.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

After fussing over an elaborate main course, many cooks lack the will to fret over dessert. Chattman proposes dessert recipes that can be made with less than 15 minutes of preparation time. These desserts please guests without the cook's resorting to store-bought sweets. Although some of Chattman's desserts require an hour or more in oven or refrigerator, others actually go from start to table within a quarter hour. Thanks to the microwave oven's high-speed baking, warm brownies provide a rapid, rich base for a scoop of ice cream. Using instant polenta instead of cornmeal reduces the wearisome stirring required to make Indian pudding, but the classic New England dessert still needs several hours' baking time. Even pies come to table in a trice when made with crumb crusts. For a truly speedy but not cloying dessert, Chattman suggests buttery, savory Parmesan shortbread to accompany strawberries macerated in red wine. --Mark Knoblauch

Publisher's Weekly Review

Already author of two collections of high-quality "quick" recipes, Cool Kitchen and Just Add Water, here Chattman succeeds in proving that "there are many ways to make a great dessert in 15 minutes or less." Shunning typical convenience foods, she relies on fresh ingredientsÄfrom spices (in Vanilla Bean Cheesecake) to homemade puff pastry. Happy to pull out the waffle iron, electric mixer or food processor, she hardly uses the microwave at all. Her time-saving methods are clever and practical: Crumb crusts substitute for rolled pastry in Maple Pecan Tart and Peanut Butter Pie; baked, sugared wonton squares become "Shortcakes" with plums and cream, and eggroll wrappers turn into Orange Marmalade "Crepes" with Warm Strawberries and Sour Cream. To save time, homey cakes like Warm Gingerbread Squares are unfrosted, and simple but flavorful drop cookies (Chocolate Meringue Kisses and Homemade Vanilla Wafers) displace those that need to be rolled and cut. Chattman keeps the number of ingredients short and sweetÄjust three for her Easiest, Best Chocolate Mousse Cake, four in billowing Apricot Souffl‚s. Directions are precise and each step is timed to the minute; her desserts really do take only 15 minutes to makeÄthough baking and cooling times can add up to three hours. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Chattman has made a specialty of no-fuss but tasty foodDher first book was Cool Kitchen: No Oven, No Stove, No Sweat! and her second, Just Add Water, was based on the idea that if you can boil water, you can make anything from a stew to a braised fish dish. Her latest collection promises a bit more than it delivers, because although the desserts (with one or two exceptions) require at most 15 minutes to prepare, many of them need additional chilling, standing, or setting time (and it's true that you could make a batch of her Cranberry Butter Cookies in no time flat, but that's because the yield is only a dozen cookies). Nevertheless, there are lots of quick and easy recipes here, and the title of the book is sure to attract readers. For most baking collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.