Homemade Decadence

I have followed Joy Wilson’s blog for a handful of years now and her first book, Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes, has become one of my go-to books for reliable, always hit-the-spot desserts. Since hearing about it, I looked forward to her sophomore release, Homemade Decadence. It exceeded my expectations in style (hardcover!), photographs (styled but realistic) and the array of recipes from brunch to classic pies and on trend ingredient pairings.

homemade decadence

Homemade Decadence is a collection of well crafted recipes that clearly reflects Wilson’s unique tone and signature use of interesting ingredients where you otherwise might not expect them. While the recipes are accessible in technique the ingredients shine and give the appropriate wow factor.

And an entire chapter on ice cream! We have gotten into the habit of making almost all of the ice cream we eat. For such an indulgent food it helps us follow the code of ‘if we don’t make it, we don’t eat it.’ The French Vanilla Bean ice cream is so good that it has become the vanilla ice cream recipe I use. Honestly though, I haven’t had a single flop come from this book, and so far we’ve tried:

  • french onion quiche
  • bourbon-chocolate pecan pie bars
  • strawberry-ginger crumb cobbler
  • chocolate-malted oatmeal cookies with salted peanuts
  • under-baked chocolate chip skillet cake
  • double peanut butter ice cream
  • french vanilla bean ice cream

Both of her books, and the blog too, are most often what I reach for when planning dessert for a meal with friends. I have never had a recipe fail and the variety means there is always something that will work perfectly.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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