Cook the Book: Mary Mac's Tea Room: czken, honeybea, jonagerlach, redoakdoor, and BostonDiner. Cook the Book: The Perfect Finish: janes4, singing chef, sophieangeline, Mizbee, and amusebouche. Winners have been notified by email and also appear on our Contest Winners page. Thanks to all who entered.
'The Perfect Finish' on Serious Eats
In the introduction to this recipe for Oven Roasted Peaches with Green Tea Elixir from The Perfect Finish Bill Yosses is quick to say that ripe juicy peaches don't really need all that much fussing with to make a truly wonderful summer dessert, and I couldn't agree more. In Yosses' own words he treads lightly with this recipe, adding a chilled, lightly sweetened green tea froth to butter-roasted peaches.
It's pretty much impossible for me to pass up an olive oil cake, no matter if it's being offered at a restaurant, in a bakery, or in recipe form. There's something about the lightness of the cake combined with the green and fruity flavors that the olive oil lends—I find it absolutely irresistible. So when I came across this recipe for Orange-Glazed Olive Oil Cake with Fleur de Sel from The Perfect Finish by Bill Yosses, I made sure I had all the ingredients on hand, then made a beeline for the kitchen to start baking.
My kitchen is pretty much at capacity, and purchasing more kitchen equipment is becoming borderline irresponsible. What I once thought was a spacious kitchen seems shrinking with each new addition. So, when I found this recipe for Blackberry Buttermilk Bundt with Orange Glaze from The Perfect Finish by Bill Yosses I was hesitant to go out and buy the Bundt pan this recipe called for. But the beautiful photo that accompanied the recipe and the wealth of blackberries at the market won me over and the pan was purchased. And, I have to say that I'm very pleased with my new Bundt pan and the first cake it baked.
Planning and preparing all of the desserts and pastries served at the White House seems like an unfathomable amount of work to begin with, so the fact that Yosses found time to pen a cookbook between all of those state dinners and catered events is doubly impressive. And The Perfect Finish is a real show-stopper of a dessert book. Each week for the next month we'll spotlight a different recipe. Enter to win a copy here!