Claire Saffitz, self-confessed 'dessert person', former BA Test Kitchen pastry chef and all-round baking hero, has become a runaway success since she decided to go it alone with the publication of her first cookbook, as well as her break out Dessert Personseries on YouTube.
Known for her love of all things baked, both sweet and savoury, Saffitz makes for a good-humoured and easy-going guide encouraging home cooks to excel in any type of baking.
'Dessert Person' Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence by Claire Saffitz
In Claire Saffitz's first cookbook, Dessert Person she's on a one-woman mission to convert all cooks to the joys of baking. "There are no 'just cooks' out there, I am convinced. There are only bakers who haven’t been converted yet," she explains on her website.
The accessible guide is filled with over 100 tried and tested sweet and savoury recipes, designed for all levels of amateur cooks, in which Saffitz condemns food being labelled good or bad, and says instead we should embrace it in all its beauty.
Here are two of Saffitz's recipes from the new book, which are sure to make you embrace becoming a 'dessert person'.
Everyone knows and loves apple cake. But try Saffitz's take on this household favourite, and you'll be reaching for the cake tin, time and time again.
Now you've got a taste for dessert, here's a trio of recipe picks from Saffitz's YouTube channel to keep you busy baking.
Claire Saffitz Makes St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake
Claire whips up one of her favourite childhood desserts from her hometown of St. Louis, a yeasted coffee cake base with a buttery, gooey, vanilla-scented topping.
Claire Saffitz Makes Confetti Cake
Saffitz makes the delicious, celebratory, kid-friendly, and deeply nostalgic tender-white confetti cake, studded with rainbow sprinkles and covered in smooth, tangy cream-cheese frosting.
Claire Saffitz Makes Malted Forever Brownies
There are hundreds of brownie recipes circulating in the dessert orbit, but Claire's favourite brownie - 'chocolatey but not too intense with multiple textures, but chewiness above all' - is so good she plans on sticking with this one recipe, forever.
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