Cute Little Baked Goodies
By Christy Beaver & Morgan Greenseth
Ulysses Press, 14.95, 180 pages
When bakeries regularly offer their customers huge goodies in their displays, like pancake-sized cookies, it’s a delight to see some professional bakers turn to tiny. Petite Treats is a tiny trade paperback, less than one-and-half size of a postcard, yet it’s very cute and adorable enough to buy extra copies as gifts. All recipes make petite-sized food, ranging in difficulty from easy (mini-muffins) through harder (blackberry lime meringue pie) to the truly challenging (cannoli or éclairs). Authors Christy Beaver and Morgan Greenseth compiled a delightful little baking book, beautifully illustrated with many photos. The recipe writing is excellent and easy to follow. Even the cute recipe head-notes are short and succinct. Many recipes are unusual, such as Fauxstess Cupcakes and Chocolate Chipotle Cream Pie. There are even some strange ingredient combinations like soy milk, whiskey and maple syrup.
“Remember: Don’t diet, miniaturize it!”
Unfortunately, the layout suffers partly because of poor design but also because of the small size of the book; for many recipes, you’ll be paging back and forth from ingredients to instructions. Because most kitchens are not equipped for mini-sized baking, you’ll need to invest in some equipment if you are convinced that tiny, bite-sized goodies are your things. There is no index, but it’s not needed.
Reviewed by George Erdosh