If you have kids or live in the southwest, you've probably heard of (or even read) Susan Lowell's delightful regional adaptation of the children's classic the Three Little Pigs - The Three Little Javalinas. In Clouds for Dessert, she shows you how to bake the story in delicious gingerbread - a completely furnished gingerbread adobe house, and of course, the three little javalinas themselves.
Aside from this whimsical dessert, the author shares over 65 favorite dessert recipes, collected from a lifetime of cooking. Many of the recipes have decidedly southwest touches such as Mexican chocolate, pignon nuts, prickly pears and other interesting ingredients giving the finished dishes a unique flair and flavor. Other recipes take their inspiration from the southwest land and skyscapes -- for instance Clouds in the Sky, an airy "pouf of meringue adrift in a sky of sauce."
Along with the recipes you get the author's notes and entertaining observations and memories - a combination of cookbook and storytelling - which makes this a particularly nice gift.
Recipe categories include cookies, cakes, sweet breads, small confections, fruit desserts, beverages, puddings, pies and frozen desserts.
See the Related Recipes box below for a sample recipe from this book.