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4.0 out of 5 stars Just desserts!, 1 Mar 2013
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Nicola Hardy (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 200 Delicious Desserts: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook (Paperback)
Part of a series of small format cook books by Hamlyn, 200 Delicious Desserts is packed with inspiration for creating all manner of sweet dishes to end a meal. There's a nice range of desserts on offer, from old-style favourites like jam roly-poly and lemon meringue pie, through to modern staples like tiramisu, banoffee pie and sticky toffee pudding. Owners of the companion volume '200 Cakes and Bakes' might recognise the hazelnut meringue gateau!

After eight introductory pages, covering various basics including whisking cream, making meringues, working with chocolate, lining a pastry case and baking blind, the book settles into a format of double-page spreads, with a full-page image of the dessert of choice on one side, and the recipe opposite. The pictures give a good idea of what the finished article should look like.

On the whole, the recipes are fairly good at providing pointers as to how things should look or feel whilst you are preparing the various components of your dessert. There's probably not the level of detail that a complete novice would like, but if you've chalked up one or two baking successes in your career, then you're good to go with this book.

The contents page only lists the five broad categories into which the recipes are divided (Winter Warmers, Pies, Pastries and Tarts, Deliciously Decadent, Chilled Out, and Last-Minute Quickies), but there's a comprehensive index at the back which you can use to search for dishes by name or by ingredients.

So far, so good. Having tried out a few of the recipes, and read through a few more, I do have some minor gripes with regard to practical details that I would like to share. If this sort of thing bothers you, then read on!

1. Size matters!

It's quite a small book (about 14 x 17 cm). Correspondingly, the text is quite small, which may be an issue if your eyesight isn't that brilliant.

2. An open and shut case ...

You will need to use a recipe stand to keep the book open, unless you want to break the spine of the book completely. It's quite a feisty publication, and prefers to stay shut! Your recipe stand will need to be suitable for holding smaller books.

3. How many?!

Whilst the book is called '200 Delicious Desserts', what it actually contains is 100 or so recipes with pictures, and then a suggested variation for most of the recipes. I was a bit disappointed to find out that some of the 'variations' were for sauces or other such accompaniments to go with the dessert.

4. Topsy-turvy ...

The recipes themselves are not always presented in a very logical manner. For example, where dishes need to be baked in a pre-heated oven, the recipe only mentions oven settings at the point that you need to put the item into the oven. I prefer the more logical approach of 'gather your ingredients, then switch the oven on, then start preparing your dessert', which you don't find here.

5. How long?!

There is a handy sidebar on each recipe page that lists ingredients and number of portions, as well as preparation and cooking times. Be aware that the cooking time listed in the sidebar is usually a total for the whole dish (for example, the total cooking time given for 'Toffee & Banana Pancakes' on p.54 is 30 minutes, whereas the time needed to cook each pancake is about 4 minutes). It's usually best to refer to the timings in the recipe itself whilst preparing your dessert.

The review ends here, but I have included a comprehensive list of the recipes (plus alternatives) below, for really eager readers.

Winter Warmers: Lemon Puddle Pudding (Grand Marnier Pudding), Roasted Pears with Oriental Spicing (Roast Apples with Peppercorns),Sticky Toffee Puddings (Gingered Figgy Puddings), Choco Bread and Butter Pudding (Fruited Bread and Butter Pudding), Hot Blackberry and Apple Trifle (Apple Mallow), Vanilla Soufflés and Apricot Coulis (Apple and Calvados Soufflés), Jam Roly-Poly (Spotted Dick), Apricot Queen of Puddings (Monmouth Pudding), Steamed Pudding with Mango (Vanilla Syrup), Steamed Apple Pudding (Cranberry and Orange Steamed Pudding), Double Chocolate Puddings (Walnut and Chocolate Puddings), Rice Pudding with Drunken Raisins (Traditional Rice Pudding), Chocolate and Marshmallow Torte (Mixed Nut Torte), Topsy-Turvy Banana Gingercake (Homemade Custard), Pear and Hazelnut Sponge Squares (Apple Squares with Chocolate Sauce), Apricot Clafouti (Cherry Clafouti), Orchard Fruit Crumble (Plum and Orange Crumble), Red Rice Risotto and Sautéed Grapes (Cherry Risotto), Toffee and Banana Pancakes (Citrus Pancakes), Cranberry Eve's Pudding (Apple and Blackberry Pudding).

Pastries, Pies & Tarts: Gingered Profiteroles (Black Forest Puffs), Macadamia and Vanilla Tart (Pine Nut and Honey Tart), Peach and Blueberry Jalousie (Apple and Blackberry Jalousie), Strawberry Choux Puffs (Lemon and Peach Buns), Pear Dumplings with Figs (Christmas Gingered Pear Dumplings), Freeform Apple and Mixed Berry Pie (Spiced Plum and Peach Pie), Portuguese Custard Tarts (French Prune Custard Tarts), Lemon Meringue Pie (Citrus Meringue Pie), Classic Lemon Tart (Mixed Berries with Cassis), Gāteau Pithiviers with Plums (Brandied Prune Pithiviers), Pecan, Maple Syrup and Choc Tart (Traditional Pecan Pie), Cherry Frangipane Tart (Bakewell Tart), Pear and Almond Tart (Chocolate Sauce), Sweet Fruity Pizzas (Marzipan and Nectarine Fruit Kuchen), Mixed Berry Tartlets (Raspberry and Almondine Tart), Deep Dish Puff Apple Pie (Spiced Plum and Pear Pie), Mango and Palm Sugar Tatin (Coconut Ice Cream), Pumpkin Pie (Gingered Pumpkin Pie with Maple Syrup), Kaffir Lime Tart (Mango and Kiwifruit Salad), Plum Tripiti (Gingered Peach Tripiti), Apple and Muscatel Strudel (Plum and Almond Strudel), Double Chocolate Tart (Dark Chocolate Tart), Mini Nectarine and Blueberry Tarts (Honeyed Grape Tarts), White Chocolate and Raspberry Puffs (Strawberry Custard Creams), Banoffee Pie (Banoffee Ice Cream Sundae), Papaya, Lime and Mango Tartlets (Summer Berry Tartlets).

Deliciously Decadent: Strawberry Rosé Jelly and Syllabub (Buck's Fizz Jellies), Chilled Blackcurrant and Mint Soufflé (No Alternative Given), Summer Berry Sponge (Strawberry Sponge Flan with Pimm's), Hazelnut Meringue Gāteau (Chocolate and Almond Gāteau), Summer Berry Mousses (Peach Melba Mousses), Baked Ricotta Cheesecake (Baked Ricotta Cheesecake with Tropical Sauce), Lemon Polenta Cake (Polenta Cake with Lemon Syrup), Coffee Latte Custards (Dark Chocolate Custards), Choc and Chestnut Roulade (Black Forest Roulade), Amaretti and Chocolate Custard (Crème Caramels), Hazelnut and Pear Roulade (Hazelnut, Pear and Chocolate Roulade), Gooseberry Fool with Lemon Thins (Nectarine and Orange Fool), Strawberry and Lavender Soufflés (No Alternative Given), Pavlovas with Orange Cream (Strawberry and Lychee Pavlovas), Vanilla Crème Brūlée (Amaretto Brūlée), Blueberry and Cherry Cheesecake (Lime, Kiwifruit and Grape Cheesecake), Raspberry and Champagne Brūlée (Cidered Peach Brūlée), Gingered Pineapple Trifle (Raspberry and Peach Trifle), Florentine Vanilla Cheesecake (American Cherry Cheesecake), Rosemary Panna Cottas (Vanilla Panna Cottas), Pink Grapefruit Cream (Spiced Orange Cream), Tuile Baskets and Strawberry Cream (Fruit Salad Baskets), Peach and Chocolate Vacherin (Chocolate and Chestnut Vacherin), Apricot Meringue Swirl (Kiwifruit and Passion Fruit Swirl).

Chilled Out: Lime and Passion Fruit Crunch Tart (Chocolate Orange Crunch Tart), Pistachio and Yogurt Semifreddo (Rocky Road Ice Cream), Cherry Almond Ice Cream (Strawberry and Coconut Ice Cream), Gingered Apricot Crush (Lemon and Pineapple Crush), Chocolate Ice Cream (Chocolate Double Mint Ice Cream), Lychee and Coconut Sherbert (Chocolate Cups), Fresh Melon Sorbet (Gingered Melon Sorbet), Watermelon and Tequila Granita (Blackberry and Apple Granita), Mint Granita (Iced Ruby Grapefruit Granita), Lemon and Honey Ice (Buttered Oranges), Coffee and Hazelnut Choc Ices (Double Chocolate Ices), Iced Chocolate Mousses (Chilled Chocolate and Coffee Mousses), Honeyed Banana Ice Cream (Honeyed Banana Ice Cream with Sticky Glazed Bananas), White Choc and Raspberry Castles (Brandy Snap Baskets with Summer Berries), Key Lime Pie (No-bake Key Lime Pie).

Last-minute Quickies: Chocolate Apple Pancakes (Peach Melba Pancakes), Poached Peaches and Raspberries (Poached Prunes with Vanilla), Tamarind and Mago Sundae (Tamarind and Banana Yogurts), Pin Perdu with Mixed Berries (Spiced Pain Perdu with Apricots), Green Fruit Salad (Ruby Fruit Salad), Sweet Soufflé Omelette (Sweet Soufflé Omelette with Peaches and Blueberries), White Choc and Raspberry Tiramisu (Classic Tiramisu), Banana and Muscovado Ripples (Banana, Apricot and Cardamom Ripples), Summer Fruit Gratin (Tropical Fruit Gratin), Baked Apples and Flapjack Crumble (Plum and Muesli Crumble), Hot Caribbean Fruit Salad (Flamed Caribbean Fruit Salad), Mini Baked Alaskas (Capuccino Alaskas), Caramelized Clementines with Bay (Caramelized Clementines with Whole Spices), Mulled Wine Pears (Apples with Cider Punch), Moroccan Baked Figs with Yogurt (Orange and Pistachio Baked Apricots), White Chocolate Fondue with Fruit (Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Fondue), Grilled Strawberry Zabaglione (Fruit Salad Zabaglione), Caramelized Blueberries and Custard (Banana Custards), Citrus Refresher (Orange and Fig Refresher), Barbecued Bananas (Jamaican Banana Parcels).

This review refers to the paperback edition of 'Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Delicious Desserts' published in 2008.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 23 Feb 2012
This review is from: 200 Delicious Desserts: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook (Paperback)
Had bought the 200 cakes and bakes before and loved it! Decided to buy this cookbook as well, and even though there are some repeated recipes, there are some really good recipes in this too! Though becareful how much sugar you put in your recipes as I find the recipes in these books are a little too sweet for my liking! =]
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super book!, 2 Feb 2010
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an excellent book! the recipes are very easy to follow and so are the variations at end of each recipe. i cant believe the cheescake recipe was as good as it was!!!!!! highly recommended even for beginners. the tips at the start are very useful, and ofcourse so too are the colour pictures of each dessert. the best thing is that the book gives a good seclection of recipes for not only the time consuming but short quick-fix recipes if you are suddenly bombarded by unexpected guests. the presentation of each recipe was very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super clear and easy to use, 11 Jun 2014
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I love this book, each recipe has a photo (so you can see what your's should have looked like). Even better there are other suggestions as well so you really have double the amount of recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice book. Lots of nice recipes, 3 July 2014
This review is from: 200 Delicious Desserts: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook (Paperback)
Really nice book. Lots of nice recipes. Gave it as a gift and it was realy liked. And now i get to try all the yummy things made using it. Very happy with this purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars disapointing, 21 Jan 2014
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cool u should make it a bit more child friendly as nealy all the deserts had nuts in or raisons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Use it like a Bible, 6 Dec 2013
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Got this for my partner, who is a chef and it is now his go to book, excellent range of books so easy to follow and fool proof recipes . Would Highly Recommend :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars yummy, 11 Oct 2013
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I really like this book and the recipes are fabulous I use them all the time and get so many compliments
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the 200 Series of Books, 15 July 2013
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Typical of the 200 series, easy little books with a variety of recipes. Have made a couple of desserts that were very nice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ok, 2 Jun 2013
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Nothing very special for me because I do not like chocolate and for medical reasons not able to use alcohol. But if you do not have those restrictions, go for it.
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