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When three generations of African-American women decided to open up a bakery in Philadephia's up-and-coming Norther Liberties district, they had no idea of the accolades soon to come. TLC's "Best Food Ever" called Brown Betty Dessert Boutique the second best bakery in America. A feature in Rachael Ray magazine named one of their cupcakes as one of the five best in the country. They've since expanded to two new locations and moved their original bakery to a brand-new and much larger spot nearby so they can meet the growing demand for their treats. As interest in popular bakeries in cities around the country seems to be on the rise, the time is right for a cookbook from Brown Betty. More than just a cookbook, it will chronicle the stores which brought this family together, and put into context the evocative recipe names like Alice's Two Step (an almond poundcake with caramel buttercream) and Strawberry Letter (a strawberry poundcake with caramel buttercream). The desserts beautifully walk the line between old-fashioned and contemporary. You'll find pouncakes, layer cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies, brownies and more, but with surprise twists like blackberry buttercream or dark cherry filling, making these like nothing you've tried before, all captured in stunning photography which reflects the spirit of the bakery.
"Grandmom Betty's namesake Philadelphia bakery, the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique (est. 2002 by daughter Linda and granddaughter Norrinda), has birthed a cookbook featuring desserts and the kinfolk who inspired them. Matriarch Betty and the ladies whose family kitchens three generations of Hinton and Brown women grew up in have moved lawyer-turned-baker Norrinda and former school teacher Linda to create a collection that preserves family recipes along with the special memories surrounding them. Sweet treats are paired with recipes named in their honor, such as 'Hey Thelma' chocolate caramel coconut cream filled cake and 'Jean's Road Trip' red velvet cake. 'Betty's Plain Cake' serves as the springboard for pound cake variations of buttermilk, sour cream, or pineapple. A pie crust recipe instructs cooks to use fingers when mixing eggs and when cutting butter, shortening, and cream cheese into flour. Each recipe is well-tested and made exclusively from scratch. Half the book contains cake recipes; a second chapter groups pies, puddings, and cobblers; a third focuses on cookies and bars. This collection promises to unite families in the kitchen in 'love and laughter' and is a wonderful reminder that baking is a family affair." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The first cookbook from Philadelphia's phenomenal Brown Betty Dessert Boutique
When three generations of African-American women decided to open a bakery in Philadelphia, they had no idea how quickly the accolades would come. With high praise from Rachael Ray magazine and other corners of the culinary world, the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique has found fame with their amazing poundcakes, cheesecakes, pies, and cookies, among other delectable treats.
This delicious cookbook features both the secret recipes that Brown Betty's fans can't wait to get their hands on, as well as the personal stories that explain the evocative names of such recipes as Alice's Two Step and Strawberry Letter.
- Features recipes that combine old-fashioned treats with thrilling contemporary flavors like sweet potato poundcake and dark cherry cheesecake
- Includes gorgeous and mouthwatering full-color photography throughout
For home bakers who want to experience the best of Brown Betty in their own homes or dessert-lovers looking for something new, The Brown Betty Cookbook offers both inspiration and delectation.
ClassiC MEETS Contemporary
Growing up in Elizabeth "Betty" Hinton's kitchen, we relished her entertaining family stories while nurturing the most important and steadfast family tradition: Betty's Sunday supper collection of rich, velvety mile-high pound cakes, luscious pies (always baked two at time because one was never enough), buttery biscuits, and irresistible cookies. Each of our cakes is named after vibrant women in our family who inspired us, taught us, and laid the foundation for our sweet success. And now we're passing the stories and the recipes on to you. The Brown Betty Cookbook, like our baking, is a journey through family history that offers scrumptious surprises along the way. We hope you will enjoy baking with these recipes as much as we do. With Love, Linda and Norrinda
About the Author
Linda Hinton Brown was raised in a house where her mother, Betty, regularly baked a collection of pies, cakes, and biscuitsall before church on Sundays. Linda's daughter, Norrinda Brown Hayat, grew up with Linda experimenting with Betty's recipes, reading cookbooks, and tearing out pages from baking magazines. Together, in 2002, they founded the beloved Brown Betty Dessert Boutique.Linda Hinton Brown was raised in a house where her mother, Betty, regularly baked a collection of pies, cakes, and biscuitsall before church on Sundays. Linda's daughter, Norrinda Brown Hayat, grew up with Linda experimenting with Betty's recipes, reading cookbooks, and tearing out pages from baking magazines. Together, in 2002, they founded the beloved Brown Betty Dessert Boutique.
Table of Contents
Cakes, Fillings & Frostings 14
Pies, Cobblers & Puddings 122
Cookies, Brownies & Bars 160