I love nothing better than treating my family to a dessert or a cake that I have made myself. I often find that you stick to the old faithful, tried and tested recipes that you have been using for most of your cooking life, but then came along ‘The Sweet Life’; I haven’t stopped trying new recipes on my family since I discovered it.
‘MasterChef Australia’ Season 3 winner Kate Bracks is a real whizz with desserts – this girl knows how to put something sweet on a plate!
This mouth-watering array of inspired dessert recipes includes favourites such as Apple Pie, Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Mousse as well as fresh new ideas, such as Kate’s Chocolate, Date and Hazelnut Torte, Raspberry and Pistachio Frozen Nougat and Vincotto Figs with Caramelised Walnuts and Mascarpone. Kate also puts modern twists on old classics, which I just love.
From her Spiced Crème Brûlée, to her irresistible Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches, or her Brown Butter Cheesecake, this is food to weaken even the strongest resolve – it certainly did mine!
The structure of ‘The Sweet Life’ is designed to guide the home cook from the ‘basics’ – incorporating basic techniques, such as sauces and syrups; how to make the perfect meringue; making your pastry rather than buying it; how to cook with gelatine (now that is a wonderful thing to learn; so many people are intimidated by how to cook with gelatine) – to teaching you to go ‘beyond the basics’ and become a more confident cook.
And, if you really want to impress, there’s a chapter at the end where all the techniques can be put together to wow your friends and family. There’s also a code throughout the book to help you determine which recipes are most suited to your particular cooking desires and ability.
Indulge your own sweet tooth with this glorious book of baked treats and dessert recipes and don’t forget the golden rule – always lick the bowl. You don’t have to tell me twice to do that!
Kate Bracks grew up in Sydney, where she became a primary school teacher. After the birth of her second child, the family moved from the city to Orange, NSW, where she currently lives with her husband, Luke, and their three children, Erin, Liam and Maya.
Kate is working towards running her own B&B one day, with exquisite food, no doubt.
I wish her luck and I know if the food she serves in her B&B is anything like in her beautiful book, she will be fully booked for the rest of her life.
One Lucky Lady can win this Women’s Month R1000 hamper, which includes:
• ‘Let’s Celebrate’ coffee table book
• Carrol Boyes bowl
• Sasko branded goodies (apron, tea towel, Sasko lunchbox)
Send your name and “Women’s Month hamper” in the subject line in an e-mail to: email@example.com before 12pm on Monday August 12. Good luck!