All this cake and it’s not even my birthday! We had a grand ole sugary time at the latest Cook the Book club meeting featuring Patti LaBelle’s latest cookbook Desserts LaBelle.
The Very Best Lemon Bars, pg 72 – Katherine and Michelle
As described in the cookbook, Michelle prepared the “tender and buttery crust,” while Katherine made the “thicker-than-usual layer of tangier-than-usual lemon topping.” A perfect blend of zesty and sweet, these truly were the very best lemon bars I’ve ever had!
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins, pg 81 – Anna Marie
Patty LaBelle says “these hearty muffins will make you think of a crisp autumn morning.” And that they did! Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves, these delicious muffins would be perfect with coffee or a warm cup of tea. And in honor of the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Dog, Anna Maria decorated the muffins with little dogs!
No-Bake Double-Chocolate Eclair Cake, pg 163 – Rebeca
This is the dessert I brought to the meeting. It tastes better than it looks, folks! I thought this recipe might not come together but oh how wrong I was to ever doubt Ms. Patti LaBelle. The crispy graham cracker cookies turned soft and cake-y when layered between the delicious chocolate pudding/Cool Whip blend. I added blackberries when I served this cake, just to give it a fresh fruit pop of flavor. And my coworkers at the library loved the leftovers!
These last two recipes are from the “New Attitude Desserts” section of the cookbook. As a diabetic, Patti LaBelle is very conscious of her sugar intake so she created new recipes for low-sugar, reduced-fat sweets. And Ms. Patti says that she enjoys these New Attitude Desserts “every bit as much as my old-school treats.”
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie, pg 226 – Noel
I loved this pie! We all loved this pie! This was such a fun dessert. I think it would be perfect for a kid’s party. While Noel enjoyed the finished product, she thought the instructions weren’t very clear and a bit hard to follow. Linda, Noel’s mom, tried to help with the recipe’s steps and was also confused. So this might not have been exactly Ms. Patti’s version of Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie, but it was a hit and I look forward to making it myself.
Chocolate Applesauce Cake, pg 229 – Linda
Now what’s a dessert throw down without chocolate cake, amirite?! This tasty cake’s secret is unsweetened applesauce, used in this recipe to replace the butter. This cake was dense and moist and delicious. Linda dusted the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar but says that when she makes the cake again, she knows her family will insist she use chocolate frosting. This is a sweet, but not-too-sweet, take on traditional chocolate cake.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our latest Cook the Book meeting. Want to join in on the fun? Sign up for next month’s meeting – Cook the Book CRAVINGS – at the front desk of the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Public Library. See you next month!