by Sybil PrattFebruary, 2004
We went around the world in 80 dishes now we've got 80 more, but this time they're oh-so-sweet, quick-to-make desserts that never use more than eight ingredients. You find these creative confections in Gale Gand's Short and Sweet. If you're unfamiliar with the talented perpetrator of these goodies, she's executive pastry chef and co-owner of an acclaimed Chicago restaurant and the star of the Food Network's popular series Sweet Dreams. Gale, with her super-demanding work schedule, family and friends, knows how little time most of us have for making and baking desserts and knows, too, how special homemade desserts are. To beat the clock, she's simplified her sweets without ever sacrificing intense flavors and stylish presentations and includes a breakdown of what you can do ahead of time. The recipes are organized into three time categories: for example, custardy Pumpkin Pots can be whipped up in 15 minutes; Peach and Polenta Upside-Down Cake is ready in 30; and a knock-your-socks-off Chocolate Tiramisu in 45. The sweet life has never been easier.