the appetizer:

Learn all about sugar in Sweet!: From Agave to Turbinado, Home Baking with Every Kind of Natural Sugar and Sweetener by Mani Niall, including recipes for Raspberry Sorbet Cream; Smoky Pumpkin Seed Brittle; and Semolina-Citrus Turbinados.

I Love Desserts


From Agave to Turbinado, Home Baking
with Every Kind of Natural Sugar and Sweetener

by Mani Niall


Granulated sugar is the most popular and most used sweetener among home bakers—but it isn't the only one on the block.

Over the last several years, once-obscure sugars and sugar substitutes like muscovado, turbinado, and demerara have become widely available, from supermarkets to specialty grocers nationwide. Longtime professional baker Mani Niall acquaints home cooks with these traditional and alternative sweeteners, showing how to take full advantage of the various tastes and textures they provide. Sweet! provides over 100 delectable recipes that incorporate natural sugars and sweeteners, including:

  • Breakfast Treats: Pumpkin Waffles with Muscovado Syrup, Cinnamon "Doughnuts," Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Cakes: Caramel Applesauce Cake, Mocha Toffee Crunch Cake, Lemon Cupcakes with Mascarpone Cream and Raspberries, Banana Upside-Down Muffins
  • Pies, Tarts, and Cobblers: Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie, Hazelnut-Espresso-Caramel Tart, Deep-Dish All-Apple Kuchen, Brown Sugar Whipped Cream
  • Cookies and Spoon Desserts: Maple-Pine Nut Shortbread, Cinnamon-Cardamom Snickerdoodles, Apple-Oatmeal Triangles, Creme de Cafe, Mexican Sweet Potato Pudding, Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sweet! also features recipes for Candy (Cinnamon Candied Apples, Chocolate-Demerara Fudge) as well as Savory and Sweet Main Courses (Chile-Rubbed Agave Chicken, Pork Chops with Honey-Miso Glaze, Panela-and-Spice-Cured Salmon). Niall also includes a sources section, which ensures home cooks will be able to find every sweetener used in the book.

About the Authors

Mani Niall has been a professional baker for more than twenty-five years. The author of Sweet and Natural Baking and Covered in Honey, he is Executive Chef for Just Desserts, the San Francisco Bay Area's award-winning bakery, and the proprietor of Mani's Test Kitchen, a product development, culinary education, and consulting company. Visit Mani Niall online at www.manistestkitchen.com.

  • Sweet!: From Agave to Turbinado, Home Baking
    with Every Kind of Natural Sugar and Sweetener
  • by Mani Niall
  • DaCapo Press 2008
  • $18.95; Paperback; 288 pages
  • ISBN: 1600940048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60094-004-0
  • Information provided by the publisher.

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