I discovered Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax last fall when I needed a good a good recipe to help me make pumpkin pie completely from scratch. Our cookbook guru, S.B., recommended this book for it’s “Best-Ever Pumpkin Pie” recipe, and it sure lived up to its name. I roasted pumpkins and made pie crust for the first time ever and wowed the family. Even without a rolling pin (thank goodness for empty wine bottles!), I was amazed by how easy the whole process was.
After that success I tried out the apple pie recipe–another success. Apparently my pie pan was on the small end of the spectrum–or perhaps the apples I chose were on the large end of the spectrum–but I ended up with extra filling that I baked up into a wonderful apple crisp. I even had enough that I brought some to work and had all my co-workers raving about it as well!
Now that it’s spring, I think I’ll make “The World’s Best Lemon Tart.” And summer might bring “Southern-Style Peach and Raspberry Cobbler.” Really, there’s no shortage of delicious recipes to try.
Classic Home Desserts is super helpful, easy to follow, and full of great tidbits of information. It’s not overly complicated or fancy, so it’s perfect for the home baker. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to increase their baking repertoire or wanting to impress their family on special occasions.