You know you’ve found the perfect recipe book, when you open the pages and find yourself dribbling down your chin. No? Just me then. Oh well, I’m not ashamed. Lisa Fabry’s Divine Desserts has me doing just that, and with everything from simple poached pears and Summer pudding, to chocolate ganache and Black Forest Gateau it’s hardly surprising. A quick and simple dessert, or a masterpiece, this book has them all.
Lisa describes the importance of using high quality ingredients. In this recipe book, you won’t find any call for artificial colours or flavourings, no hydrogenated fat, and a preference for natural sweeteners such as agave or maple syrup.
She explains how vegan cakes are kept moist without the use of eggs. I don’t know if it’s just because I love the word, but the squidgy fruit cake sounds divine!
There are stacks of gluten free and raw recipes too, so there’s no reason not to buy this book if you have allergies. In fact, this is one of the best options for a vegan with allergies. There are even hints on how best to make the cakes gluten free if switching the ingredients.
The huge cakes may take some preparation and a good dose of time, however I just love the teatime treats section – quick and simple, but just as satisfying, In fact, I made these double fudge pecan brownies (with super healthy sweet potato) and they are one the best things I’ve ever tasted!
I know it’s very early in the year, but there are -Ssssh, say it quietly – Christmas pudding and mince pie recipes to impress your friends and family with too. And for the summer months, there are sorbets and ice creams at the ready – did I mention that many of them are sugar free!?
With recipes for biscuits, scones (complete with jam and cream) and some of the most delicious looking tarts and pies I’ve ever laid eyes on, this book will prove to anyone that you don’t need eggs and dairy to make dribble worthy cakes. Even the most determined of doubters! Give them any one of these puddings or pies and I doubt they’d be able to say a bad word.
Polite note: This review has been organised by the VEGAN Lifestyle ASSOCIATION. It has not been paid for and the copy of the book I received was sent free of charge. This is my genuine and unbiased review of the book.