{COOKBOOK} Kate Bracks – The sweet life: The basics and beyond

I love baking and cooking, mostly I cook meals and treats for the kids lunch boxes, rarely do I make yummy desserts.  Probably because we don’t often eat dessert but when we do it has to be something scrumptious and ooh so naughty.

The Sweet Life: The Basics and Beyond is published by the Dessert Queen herself, Kate Bracks and is filled with glorious desserts.  Kate was MasterChef Australia’s 2011 winner!!

This cookbook was cleverly put together with both the beginner and more confident cook in mind.  With recipes to suit all levels and each coded to indicate which recipes are suited to your cooking abilities.  The desserts are separated into types, eg, meringues, custards, ice creams, pastry, plus many more.  At the beginning of section Kate gives her tips and technique advise so you will have every chance of a successful outcome!

Mr 9 really wanted to help in the kitchen a few nights ago, so we picked something simple from the cookbook and whipped it up in a flash, really, didn’t take long at all.

Honeycomb Mashins

 This was a hit, ooh so sweet and yummy.  The one spoon level is a great indication that this is a perfect recipe the kids can help with.

 Warm Chocolate Pots

This recipe caught my eye and I felt a bit nostalgic once i saw it, remembering my Nanna’s cooking from when I was younger.  It’s a 2 spoon ability level, which wasn’t too hard at all.

We really enjoyed the chocolate pots, half a bowl was enough for each of us so we put the remainder in the fridge for later and I must say it was yummier the next day chilled!  Because it was so delicious and easy to make, I asked if I could share the recipe with you!

From The Sweet Life by Kate Bracks

Copyright © Kate Bracks 2012

Reprinted by Permission of Random House Australia

All Rights Reserved

The Sweet Life is now available from Random House RRP $49.95

 What is your favourite dessert?

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5 comments

claudia butler August 8, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Please try this it is called”tropical apple tart”
Line a tart pan withbshort crust pastry and then put a thin layer of apricot jam on it —do this with warm jam and a brush then comes a layer oh banana onto that stewed apples and on to that put passion fruit
Cover with pastry and bake till golden—-I stew the apples in orange juice with a bit of jest
Serve warm with cream or icecream. Enjoy

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Katrina August 11, 2012 - 6:54 AM

That sounds so yummy, might have to give it a go J

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AlyceB December 13, 2013 - 12:33 PM

Oh Kate was so lovely on MasterChef!! Glad she’s got a book out now 🙂

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Katrina December 14, 2013 - 5:30 PM

it’s such a beautiful book Alyce! We love Masterchef too, my favourite though would have to be Julie Goodwin cookbook, really family friendly.

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ronnie bastos viana September 17, 2015 - 2:35 AM

Parabéns Kate. Acompanhei toda sua trajetória no masterchef aqui do Brasil. Parabéns pelo livro.Não consegui encontr-lo aqui.Ficou lindo..

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