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Discover morsels of delight in Bite-Size Desserts: Creating Mini Sweet Treats, From Cupcakes and Cobblers to Custards and Cookies by Carole Bloom, including recipes for Raspberry, Ginger and Honey Shortcakes; Pavlovas with Passion Fruit Sauce; and Mascarpone Raspberry Parfaits.

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Bite-Size Desserts
Creating Mini Sweet Treats, From Cupcakes
and Cobblers to Custards and Cookies

by Carole Bloom

Bite-Size Desserts
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The best things come in small packages and no one knows this better than acclaimed baking expert and best selling author Carole Bloom. Bite-Size Desserts: Creating Mini Sweet Treats, From Cupcakes and Cobblers to Custards and Cookies is created for home bakers who want small desserts with big flavors.

Scaled down to an irresistible one-bite size, the 87 recipes offer a large variety of desserts that are flavorpacked and topical, from fruity to tangy to nutty, rustic to elegant, and, of course, a healthy dose of dark chocolate. Thoroughly tested, all of the guiltless pleasures in Bite-Size Desserts are easy and quick to prepare for bakers of all levels.

According to the 2009 National Restaurant Association's "What's Hot" chefs survey, bite-size desserts are the No.2 food trend, narrowly behind locally grown produce. Miniature desserts and dessert tasting menus are popping up at restaurants all over the country, from Applebee's to P.F. Chang's to some of the finest restaurants in the country.

Prevalent concerns about obesity have led to a great demand for portion control. Bloom's bite-size desserts will satisfy the millions of consumers driving the trend of single-serving snack packs and frozen dinners.

Bite-size desserts are perfect for buffet-style entertaining, and the smaller sizes will allow guests to sample several desserts, instead of just one. With tips on serving mini desserts attractively, Bite-Size Desserts helps bakers to create stylish dessert sampler plates to impress their guests.

Miniature crunchy cacao nib-walnut ganache tartles, tangy triple-lemon pound cakes, crisp pecan-ginger biscotti, fragrant spiced dougnut holes, creamy mascarpone-raspberry parfaits, and toasty malted milk chocolate balls will whisk family and friends away on an exciting mouthwatering journey. Little sweet somethings—Green Tea Truffles, White Chocolate-Coconut Mounds, and Hazelnut Madeleines—make thoughtful gifts for Mother's Day. Welcome the coming of Spring with delectable diminutives of Double Lemon Meringue Tartlets, Pavlovas With Passion Fruit Sauce, Raspberry Sorbet Shots, or Wicked Brownie Bites. Bite-Size Desserts has all the right ingredients for creating the perfect bite-size morsel to suit any occasion.

With nearly 90 miniature desserts that are every bit as delicious as their full-size counterparts, Bite-Size Desserts is a must-have for anyone seeking greater variety, creative entertaining ideas, or a way to eat healthfully without skipping dessert!

About the Author

Carole Bloom is a European-trained pastry chef and confectioner, and the author of nine cookbooks on desserts of all kinds. Her previous books include The Essential Baker, Truffles, Candies, and Confections; The International Dictionary of Desserts, Pastries, and Confections; The Candy Cookbook; Sugar & Spice and the Chocolate Lover's Cookbook for Dummies. She has worked as a pastry chef at renowned hotels from Switzerland to California, and has conducted baking classes and lectures all over the world for the past 25 years. Bloom formerly served as the national spokesperson for the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, and she has appeared on TV programs including ABC World News This Morning, CNN, The Today Show, and Weekend Today. She served as the Executive Producer and Chef for a cable TV show-called Chocolate Habit, and was featured for two years as a regular guest chef on TNN's Cookin' U.S.A. She writes frequently for publications and websites including,, Bon Appitit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, Eating Well, Cooking Light, Chocolatier, San Diego Magazine, and The Oregonian. She can be found online at


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