Mama's Tea Cakes: 101 Delicious Soul Food Desserts

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Citadel Press, 1998 - Cooking - 122 pages
Mama's Tea Cakes offers a new look at traditional African-American desserts. This mouthwatering cookbook offers readers delicious cakes, tasty cookies, savory pies, and sweet treats that would make even grandma proud. Each unforgettable yet contemporary recipe includes a brief history of the dessert, effortless instructions, and serving suggestions. Including everything from Apple Pecan Layer Cake and scrumptious Sweet Potato Pie to Butterscotch Bars and Old Fashioned Moonshine Whiskey Cake, Wilbert Jones tells readers how each recipe, first created in antebellum southern kitchens, developed from an American treat into an international treasure.

With this sensible, easy-to-follow, illustrated cookbook, Mama's Tea Cakes will introduce home chefs to all the heavenly pleasures of soul food desserts. Readers will tempt their guests with easy-to-make sweet treats such as Peach Cobbler to cap off a Sunday brunch, they will share Old-Fashioned Pound Cake with girlfriends following afternoon lunches, or they can end family dinners with Harvest Sweet Potato Pie and other delicious, going-back-for-seconds desserts.

With insightful American and African folklore, readers will learn not only how these desserts came into being but how they became classic favorites handed down from generation to generation. They will discover the secret touches that southern cooks used to turn a plain dessert into a real treat. This book is for everyone -- the occasional baker and the everyday chef. This is the gift that will be passed down for generations to come. Containing desserts, both light and sinfully sweet, for ordinary days and for holidays, Mama's Tea Cakes enables readers to indulge their sweet toothand enjoy.

 

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