Thursday, January 13, 2011

5 Questions with Angel Shannon, author of 100 Desserts for $5 or Less


Which dessert were you surprised was $5 or less?
All the desserts were designed to fit the $5 or less criteria so we started with the end in mind.  However, I’d like to give a huge thumbs up to the Cranberry Cream Cheese Shortbread Pie!

What's the most tasty dessert for yourself?
For ease of making and baking…something that also makes me happy when I eat it?  That would have to be Dad’s Favorite Pudding Crunch.  It’s so versatile because you can use any pudding flavor to make it.  I’d have to say the most surprising dessert is the Homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Marshmallows. S’mores never tasted so good!

How has the book been received?
Every time I meet someone who’s already bought the book, they have nothing but great things to say.  They fall in love with one recipe and have trouble trying another!  For example, try the Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies and you’ll want to make a batch or two every week. When people call me, “The Dessert Lady”, it’s the best compliment ever!

Which dessert is the one that is most intricate and difficult to make?
I’m a home cook so all of the recipes are easy. That being said, the Super Show-Off Chocolate Crepes can be a challenge until you get the technique down…but after that it’s smooth sailin’.

What's next for you?
I’m working on a cookbook that nourishes our body’s energy centers.  It’s an extremely delicious journey through fresh fruits, veggies, grains, and yes, even pasta! Your family’s favorites will be transformed into a dish  that  will  help you embrace healthy eating from the top of your head to your toes..and beyond! 

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