Lamingtons & Lemon Tart. Which is your favourite? I’ll take both, please! When it comes to the world of sweets and desserts, it’s often hard to choose which direction to go in first.
Do you gravitate immediately to the rounded smoothness of melty, oozy, chocolatey richness? Or would you head straight for something where sugar hogs the limelight, with high-voltage zaps of sweet and sour and tangy flavours? Who could ignore the vast array of chilled, piped or frozen creams and mousses? And don’t forget airy, buttery pastries that fall apart with joy when they hit your tongue.
You don’t have to just pick one, thanks to modern-day Willy Wonka and Melbourne dessert shop owner, Darren Purchese. In his ode to everything sweet you can put on a plate, Lamingtons & Lemon Tart: Best-Ever Cakes, Desserts, and Treats From a Modern Sweets Maestro, you have a world of pure imagination mapped out in front of you like a giant illustrated atlas to guide you on your voyage of adventure into baking and confectionery.
Darren makes his art easy to replicate, choosing ingredients that you can source from anywhere, with recipes that are straightforward to follow. But that doesn’t mean that anything in this treasure trove is even close to ordinary.
Prepare to embark on an inspiring journey through a gallery of cakes, choux pastry, tarts, frozen desserts desserts, snacks, bites and – of course – Lamingtons. But where other recipes are happy to leave you with something you’ve seen or tried before, this cookbook lights the fuse for fireworks on every page.
Packed with breathtaking photos that feel like they belong behind the glass in a dessert case, you won’t be flipping through aimlessly looking for something to catch your eye. Recipes start to grab your attention by instinct – and how could they not, when they include tempting creations like Explosive Raspberry Wagon Wheels, Pistachio Persuaders, Frozen Honey Nut Slice, Chocolate Whisky Torte, Lemon Meringue Pie Eclairs and Chocolate Mousse with Violet Ice Cream, Honeycomb and Aero.
Don’t forget to try the Lamington Ice Cream Sandwiches and the extraordinary Glamingtons – a first-class luxury version of its original namesake, made with Malibu, white chocolate shavings and gold lustre. Somebody catch me, I’m swooning!
Don’t be daunted by how good it all looks. If you think you couldn’t possibly whip these up in your kitchen yourself, Lamingtons & Lemon Tart includes tips and tricks in every recipe to help pimp your presentation and spark new ideas for you to add your own personal touch.
This innovative and imaginative cookbook goes one step further, taking you through a masterclass in what Purchese calls Sweet Essentials. With step-by-step instructions and photos, he guides you through the best way to make batters, caramel, pastries, meringues, chocolate garnishes, jellies and glazes.
Lamingtons & Lemon Tart will transform you into the hostess with the mostest when it comes to serving the last (but never least) course. You’ll surprise your guests and yourself at just how delightful a sweet treat can be when you know how. And now, you do.