No Room for Dessert
Written by: Hallie Durand
Illustrated by: Christine Davenier
No Room for Dessert is about Donahue Penelope Schneider, a girl so sweet they nicknamed her Dessert. Dessert is the oldest of four siblings, and she is feeling left out and forgotten by her parents. Dessert sees an opportunity to change all that, when her teacher suggests an invention contest. Nothing goes as Dessert plans. Will she ever get the attention of her parents?
Dessert is such a fun character. Dessert’s parents own a fondue restaurant. This makes for some fun background to the story. All of the characters in this story are a little quirky and Dessert is so much fun. The illustrations are nicely done. I found the book very entertaining.
Because of the background of this book and that Hallie Durand likes to visit fondue restaurants to do “research”, I chose this recipe:
Butter Cookies With Chocolate Fondue
Butter Cookie Ingredients:
1 stick of butter
1 cup cup flour
5 tablespoons of sugar
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Butter Cookie Directions:
Mix ingredients together and roll into balls. Press down with a fork. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
1 pound of semisweet chocolate, well chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon of espresso powder
have an additional ½ cup of heavy cream on hand to add if the fondue begins to thicken in the fondue pot.
Use a double boiler or add a couple inches of water to a saucepan and place a glass bowl on the top of the sauce pan. Make sure that the glass bowl is big enough so that it does not touch the water.
Add chocolate and cream to the glass bowl. As the water starts to simmer stir the chocolate and cream until almost all the chocolate is melted. Turn off heat and add vanilla and espresso. stir until the mixture is smooth. Transfer to fondue pot.
Get ready to Dip!
Don’t Forget The Milk!