Making better-for-you sweet treats that don’t feel like watered-down versions of the real thing is not impossible.
After author Marie Asselin was diagnosed as lactose intolerant, she embarked on a 15-year quest to create desserts that did not rely on the overuse of butter and cream to be crave-worthy. Over the years, she developed clever tricks that allowed her to significantly diminish the use of dairy products, carving a spot for healthy ingredients along the way.
In Sweet Spot, you’ll discover modern and elegant desserts that your guests will swoon over, but only you will know that you actually made healthier choices for them. Through quality ingredients and complex flavor combinations, you’ll create dishes that reach a balance between rich and satisfying—that sweet spot that means that you don’t need to overindulge to feel as though you treated yourself.
The book features more than 60 recipes, ranging from basic to elegant, along with mouthwatering photography, clever tips, a thorough chapter about essential baking ingredients, and information about the benefits of a dairy-free diet, a must-read for all sweet lovers, whether they’re lactose intolerant or not.
• Angel Food Cake with Peaches and Coconut Whipped Cream
• Layered Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Curd and Italian Meringue
• Maple Cheesecake with Pecan-Graham Cracker Crust
• Carrot and Pineapple Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting
• Upside-Down Apple Cakes with Maple Caramel Sauce
Cookies & Bars
• Coffee-Infused Brownies with Dark Chocolate Glaze
• Fresh Strawberry Squares with Pistachio Crust
• Pecan and Dark Chocolate Ganache Sablés
Desserts & Candies
• Passion Fruit-Mango Crème Brûlée
• Crispy Maple Mini-Meringues
… And Much More!
Marie Asselin is an award-winning blogger, recipe developer, translator, and culinary teacher.
Her blog, Food Nouveau, was shortlisted at the 2016 Saveur Awards, then won the 2017 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award for Best Recipe-Based Blog as well as the 2018 IACP award for Best Individual Blog.
She is the author of a growing collection of eBooks and of two traditionally published cookbooks, French Appetizers and Simply Citrus. She also creates recipes and writes cookbooks for clients and teaches popular online culinary classes.
Marie lives in Quebec City, Canada, with her partner, their son, and a delightfully playful cat named Soya.