Exotic Flavors to Wake Up Your Baking
A diverse and accessible collection of spice-enhanced recipes that will transform your baking and awaken your senses--from a classically trained pastry chef.
Welcome to a world of exotic spices and flavorings from the warm embrace of clove and ginger to the fiery touch of peppercorns and chiles, from the sensual kiss of cardamom and rose to the surprising sensations of sumac and za'atar.
With encouraging language, invaluable tips, and a passionate approach to flavor, Malika Ameen seeks to push spices beyond the realm of savory to the world of sweet where they can add everything from a delicate whisper to a surprising punch to cakes and tarts, cookies and bars, ice creams and sorbets, barks and brittles, and more.
The 78 recipes are arranged by the feelings and sensations they evoke: Spicy and Warm; Floral and Aromatic; Bright and Fresh; Savory, Earthy and Nutty; and Complex and Mysterious. Create showstoppers such as Roasted Peach and Custard Borek for your next culinary gathering; its velvety saffron cream and subtle cardamom sugar are all wrapped inside light, crunchy layers of phyllo dough. Update classics with a new twist such as Lusty Lemon Squares with a spiced dark chocolate crust dotted with pink peppercorns. Kids and the young at heart will delight in the orange zest, vanilla bean, and cinnamon spiced churros with their accompanying sticky toffee sauce.
Beautiful full-page images and an invaluable spice glossary help round out an accessible addition to any dessert library.
“"Malika Ameen raids the spice drawer with a sure palate and playful hand, weaving the flavors and fragrance of spices we already know and love—but in new ways—into familiar recipes. Little "aha" moments about keeping, using, and blending spices are a lovely bonus here. Nothing is tricky or finicky. Every recipe tempts!"—Alice Medrich, James Beard Award-winning author of Flavor Flours "Malika has a deep understanding and love for spice with a style that is uniquely her own. She writes with a Chicago heart, French respect, and a Pakistani soul sharing sweet memories and recipes that change the way we experience flavors in dessert.”—Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick, authors of Spice, and Soframiz “Malika Ameen’s unique use of spice, fun-loving style and never-ending creativity have forever changed the way I think about dessert. With Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice, she finally shares her delicious recipes with the world, adapted effortlessly for cooks of all levels. Her personal stories and inspired instruction are as lovely and inviting as her baking is addictive!”—Gail Simmons, Food Expert, TV host and Author of Talking With My Mouth Full “Look closely at this book. This is not your typical baking book. Malika Ameen is bold and poetic in her use of intentional spices or herbs in her recipes. Her combinations are seductive and the results will thrill.“—Elizabeth Falkner, Chef/Author/Artist “Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice is a wonderful collection of distinctive dessert recipes made with exciting and nuanced flavors. Ameen highlights the extensive possibilities for baking with spices, and offers helpful tips for sourcing and storing ingredients.”—Eric Ripert, Chef & Co-Owner, Le Bernardin”