Desserts

Desserts

By
Izy Hossack
Contains
14 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742707709
Photographer
Izy Hossack

I’ve become the notorious dessert creator for family occasions and birthdays. It’s always an issue trying to come up with things to make when I’m feeding dessert to my food-loving, extended family multiple times a year, because I run out of ideas. Thankfully, there’s a fail-safe collection of bakes that have either been made up by me or are go-to recipes that have been written down in the family cookbook over the years. I think you can tell that you’ve found a really good recipe if you fall back on it multiple times, and these recipes are just that. Some will take longer to make than others (baking and frosting a three-layer cake isn’t exactly a quick fix!) but I’ve kept the decoration and preparation simple. I’m not crazy for piping buttercream or rolling out fondant because the food is always gone in such a short space of time! I’d much rather leave it to be what it is, naturally pretty, because it’s so much more satisfying that way. As someone who loves styling and photographing food, I naturally tend to put more time than is warranted into presentation, though, so if the food comes out a little messy, call it rustic or artisanal and you’ll be good to go! But, P.S., if you’re giving someone cake, chances are they won’t care about how it looks. Take it from someone who has brought frosted cakes into school, on her bike and on the underground during rush-hour, in cake tins that only fit into a bag sideways. ‘Yeah, that messed up frosting on the side is rustic. It’s rustic, shhhh.’

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