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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Books With Cookies And Milk (36)

No Room for Dessert

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.

Fondue Ingredients:

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.

Fondue Directions:

     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!


Mimi said...

hi again Maeve, I'm definitely making these today as an end-of-summer-holidays treat.
Ugh! We're back to school tomorrow. :-(

Mimi said...

p.s. I laughed when I saw the title of this, cos I never have "no room for dessert"!!

Maeve Frazier said...

Mimi - I am all done with the back to school. Hope you were off to a great start! "No Room For Dessert" was such a fun read. I'm with you - there's always room for dessert. Take care.