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The Brown Betty cookbook : modern vintage desserts and stories from Philadelphia's best bakery
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  Library Journal Review

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique, a popular Philadelphia bakery, specializes in home-style pound cakes, pies, and cobblers derived from cherished family recipes. Here, mother and daughter co-owners Brown and Hayat pay homage to relatives who inspired desserts such as "Dear Ruth," a frosted chocolate sour cream cake, and "To Miss Mary," a sweet potato cheesecake. These recipes are mostly familiar, but a few-like Carrot Pie and four fruit juice-sweetened "nudie" cakes-are unusual. VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy nostalgic baking books like Julie Richardson's Vintage Cakes, Griffith Day & Cheryl Day's The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, and Dawn Casale & David Crofton's One Girl Cookies. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Grandmom Betty's namesake Philadelphia bakery, the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique (est. 2002 by daughter Linda and granddaughter Norrinda), has birthed a cookbook featuring desserts and the kinfolk who inspired them. Matriarch Betty and the ladies whose family kitchens three generations of Hinton and Brown women grew up in have moved lawyer-turned-baker Norrinda and former school teacher Linda to create a collection that preserves family recipes along with the special memories surrounding them. Sweet treats are paired with recipes named in their honor, such as "Hey Thelma" chocolate caramel coconut cream-filled cake and "Jean's Road Trip" red velvet cake. "Betty's Plain Cake" serves as the springboard for pound cake variations of buttermilk, sour cream, or pineapple. A pie crust recipe instructs cooks to use fingers when mixing eggs and when cutting butter, shortening, and cream cheese into flour. Each recipe is well-tested and made exclusively from scratch. Half the book contains cake recipes; a second chapter groups pies, puddings, and cobblers; a third focuses on cookies and bars. This collection promises to unite families in the kitchen in "love and laughter" and is a wonderful reminder that baking is a family affair. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The first cookbook from Philadelphia's phenomenal Brown Betty Dessert Boutique <p>When three generations of African-American women decided to open a bakery in Philadelphia, they had no idea how quickly the accolades would come. With high praise from Rachael Ray magazine and other corners of the culinary world, the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique has found fame with their amazing poundcakes, cheesecakes, pies, and cookies, among other delectable treats.</p> <p>This delicious cookbook features both the secret recipes that Brown Betty's fans can't wait to get their hands on, as well as the personal stories that explain the evocative names of such recipes as Alice's Two Step and Strawberry Letter.</p> Features recipes that combine old-fashioned treats with thrilling contemporary flavors like sweet potato poundcake and dark cherry cheesecake Includes gorgeous and mouthwatering full-color photography throughout <p>For home bakers who want to experience the best of Brown Betty in their own homes or dessert-lovers looking for something new, The Brown Betty Cookbook offers both inspiration and delectation.</p>
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Introductionp. 8
Cakes, Fillings & Frostingsp. 14
Pies, Cobblers & Puddingsp. 122
Cookies, Brownies & Barsp. 160
Indexp. 186
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