Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: Extreme Brownies 50 Recipes for the Most Over-the-Top Treats Ever by Connie Weis


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
These are the last brownie recipes you will EVER need in your life. Once you take a bite of Connie's brownies, you will never be able to eat any other brownie again without feeling sad or disappointed. This cookbook provides detailed instructions for the 50 BEST brownies and blondies on earth, like none you have ever experienced before!
Extreme Brownies is a collection of 50 wildly creative, extensively tested recipes from pastry chef and restaurant consultant Connie Weis, owner of brownie business Brownies & S'more in Virginia Beach, VA. Connie believes that brownies can't just look great, they have to taste great and have the right texture, making them above all, calorie-worthy.
 Pastry chef techniques and flavors are incorporated into detailed easy-to-follow recipes, elevating brownies and blondies into baked goods that could easily be morphed into high-end restaurant desserts, as she has done many times. Because Connie is such a precise and careful baker, the recipes in this scrumptious book make it possible for home bakers to reproduce without difficulty brownies such as her best-selling Caramel-Stuffed Sea Salt Brownies, her signature "PMS" Brownies, and many others, including Spotted Cow Brownies, Black Walnut Fudge Frosted Brownies, Espresso Cacao Nib Coffee Marshmallow Brownies, Holy Heavenly Hash Brownies, S'more Galore Brownies, Harlequin Truffle Brownies, Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake Brownies, Triple Blueberry White Chocolate Blondies, Lemon Mascarpone Blondies, and many others. Also included is TODAY show host Hoda Kotb's favorite Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.
 These are the most extreme brownies you've ever seen and like none you've ever tasted before!

MY TAKE:
I'm always on the lookout for great recipes and the cover of this book drew me in instantly.

In Extreme Brownies 50 Recipes for the Most Over-the-Top Treats Ever, readers are treated to a number of recipes for brownies and blondies that you won't typically find in stores.

I've been eager to try recipes from this book for a while now, but since I haven't been to a specialty baking store recently and my local supermarket doesn't have some of the ingredients for the brownies I want to try, I'll have to review this book without actually cooking anything from it.

The author mentions in the book that she doesn't buy cookbooks unless she spots at least one recipe that she wants to try right away. With her cookbook, I found at least three that I really want to try: Kitty Kat Krunch Brownies, Harlequin Truffle Brownies, and Whopping Malted Milk Ball Brownies.

The food photography in this book is pretty amazing and made me want to try everything, even the ones with nuts, which I don't usually like. The instructions included in the book also seem simple enough, even though at first glance they look intimidating.

I like that at the beginning of the book, there's a list of ingredients (with preferred brands) so you can buy everything at once, a list of equipment, tips on how to prepare your pan and ensure the best quality brownies, as well as how to ship and store the brownies.

Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The brownies and blondies look amazing and delicious.
  2. The lists and tips listed at the beginning of the book are very helpful.
  3. These aren't your average brownies.

THE BAD:

  1. Beginner bakers may feel a little intimidated at first. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
They're irresistibly fat with gorgeous glazes, frostings, nuts, fresh fruit sauces, candies, and layers of cheesecake and handmade marshmallows. 
READ IT IF:

  1. You're bored with the usual brownies and blondies.
  2. You want to learn how to make your brownies look more presentable.
  3. You're thinking of starting a baked goods business. 

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