I was recently introduced to this Easy Weeknights Dinner cookbook. Seeing the different ways cooks compose their recipes and how they differ from my approach is really fun! While I don’t cook in the same ways, this book has lots of tricks for getting a composed dish on the table in very little time—it’s a cookbook for the cook who wants to prepare a meal with a home-cooked feel without committing to spending lots of time in the kitchen. With ingredients like a packaged pre-made pizza crust or boxes of cookies, you are able to skip time consuming homemade steps and still put together a pizza dinner or chocolate chip cookie s’mores dessert.
In really testing out this cookbook, I decided to make one of the recipes and make to see how I’m being guided through each step. I went with “Golden Apple Snack Cake” because I really wanted a recipe that started from scratch—that, and hello, that’s “snack” and “cake” is in the same title (done!).
The recipes are created in simple direct broad strokes so that you can read and absorb them quickly. Though, I did encounter a bit of frustration with ingredients like “chopped apples” which left me wondering if I’m roughly chopping or finely chopping—big chunks or small pieces. End of the day—or recipe—I don’t imagine it makes much of a difference and instead is based on personal preference. Though when in baking mode, I wasn’t quite sure if my middle of the road sized pieces would cause the end pastry to fall apart (fyi, it didn’t). That said, I would like to know how the pastry in the recipe’s picture was made so I can effortlessly be pulled through the steps and end up with the dessert in the picture sitting directly in front of me.
Not long after you start, you’re done and have these rich, sweet and buttery snack bars in front of you—they would be perfectly served a la mode with vanilla bean ice cream (just a bit of food for thought).
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