Connecticut authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are about to make your party-dessert-making a whole lot easier (and more fun) with their latest book, All-Time Favorite Sheet Cakes & Slab Pies. The 100 + recipes here, feed a crowd. And we mean crowd.
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Because there’s not much flour in this batter, the crumb is chewy, sort of like a cross between a custard pie and a buttery cake. The cake is very thin but a good platform for the whipped cream and berries.
There’s no reason to feel deprived if you’re doing without gluten—or if you know someone who is. It’s got a sturdy, toothy texture and intense, surprisingly “grainy” flavor. It’s also got both a buttery almond topping and a tart lemon glaze over that for the joy of sheer excess.
This one’s got about as much chocolate as we can force into a cheesecake: ground in the crust, melted into the batter, and even shaved on top. We wouldn’t want to shortchange any chocolate lovers!
Road trip, everybody! If you love the smoky eggplant dip, Baba Ganoush, as much as we do, we think we’ve found the best in Connecticut.