I have been a follower of Yossy’s blog since its beginning and couldn’t be more excited to have her book Sweeter off the Vine in my hands. The recipes are divided by the seasons and focus on fruits. If you don’t like fruit desserts then you probably won’t like this book. You’ll find just about any fruits–rhubarb, strawberries, and cherries for spring, stone fruits, berries, melons, and figs for the summer, grapes, persimmons, pomegranates, apples, pears, quince and pumpkin for fall, and cranberries, citrus, and dates for winter. Yossy also included a helpful chapter on recipes for year round essentials like pie crust, pastry cream, vanilla extract, etc.
Let’s dive into the recipes! My husband is a huge fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream so I had to make the fresh mint ice cream with cacao nibs. We used fresh mint from the garden and the flavor was phenomenal. The only thing that didn’t work well was the cacao nibs. We both prefer good old fashion chocolate chips over cacao nibs as they tend to be a bit more bitter. Since citrus is in season, I made the grapefruit and Meyer lemon bundt cake. It was bold in citrus flavor but nicely balanced by the sweet glaze. I can’t wait to bring this in for my co-workers. This would be a very nice dessert served at Sunday brunch. We also tried the gingery lime posset since it was simple to put together and had such a beautiful lime flavor. We didn’t have any candied ginger but didn’t feel like it would take away from the dessert. Overall the recipes were easy to follow and worked out very well.
There are so many recipes I’m looking forward to making like the chamomile honey panna cotta, rhubarb galettes, rhubarb upside-down cake, cherry and rhubarb slab pie, blueberry skillet cobbler, concord grape pie, and Marie-Danielle’s apple tart. If you’re a fan of rustic fruit desserts and seasonal fruits, Sweeter off the Vine would be a wonderful addition to your cookbook collection. Mine is already stained with splatter of fruit juices and butter. As a food photographer, I appreciated how Yossy included a picture for every recipe! Sweeter off the Vine will definitely have its place in the kitchen’s shelf next to one of my favorite books, Ripe by Nigel Slater.
*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher