The smell of a new book is one of life’s simple pleasures. Team that with something as visually stimulating as Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth, and what you have is nothing short of a multi-sensory delight. So you can imagine just how pleased I was to be sent a copy of such a wonderful book to review.
A simply beautiful book, Sweet Tooth is full of mouth-watering recipes. The exciting thing about this publication lies in its originality. In a market that is close to saturated with books packed with uninspired recipes, Lily’s take on all things sweet showcases her modern artisan approach to cakes, biscuits and pastries – some fine examples are chocolate avocado cake, mulled wine granita and whisky salt caramel popcorn. There’s also a section of the book dedicated to ices, with the delectable sounding brownie chunk ice cream. I’ve asked Santa for an ice cream maker for Christmas, and if this arrives (only if I’m a good girl, of course), I will be making – and devouring – this recipe.
In the meantime, here’s to something I could make, Lily’s Flourless Oreo cake. I must confess, when the recipe didn’t call for a single Oreo, I was sceptical. I shouldn’t have been. This cake was delicious, and considering the lack of flour, achieved a good rise.
Beautifully presented and easy to follow, Lily’s baking expertise helps to guide you through some of her greatest masterpieces. For more experienced bakers, there are a number of recipes in the book that would both extend and challenge your skills. But that shouldn’t put those of you off who have more modest skills – Lily has achieved something unique in producing a book that will appeal to more seasoned bakers, and those who are willing to learn.
My new favourite baking book, I now have plans to visit Lily’s bakery in person the next time I’m in London. I already can’t wait!
Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth is available from Canongate Books priced at £20. More information about Lily is available on the Canongate TV website.0 likes