UPDATE: We have a winner. The Random.org number generator spit out #1, so congrats to Lived In Italy. You’ll receive the signed copy of Chocolate Snowball. Thanks to everyone who commented.
Of course the chocolate snowball is the signature dessert at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah. The dome-shaped, flourless chocolate cake, covered in whipped cream stars has been on the menu of The Mariposa (the resort’s fine dining restaurant) since opening day in 1981.
When Letty Flatt, the Executive Pastry Chef of the resort decided to write a cookbook in 1998, it was a no brainer what the book’s name would be: Chocolate Snowball (and Other Fabulous Pastries from Deer Valley Bakery.) The first edition was a hardcover book, but late last year, the resort decided to reprint the book in paperback, and Letty took the opportunity to add eight new recipes.
Letty is a good friend of mine and she is my baking expert. Whenever I am stumped on a baking technique or have a question about a particular dessert, Letty is my go-to source.
I love her book, so I bought an extra copy while I was in Park City this fall and asked her to sign it for one of my readers. Here’s why I think you’d like to have this book in your kitchen.
Every recipe I’ve tried works like a charm — because Letty wrote explicit, detailed instructions. She tells you when to whisk slowly vs. quickly. She gives visual clues “mixture will giggle, like molded gelatin.” Trust me, you’ll feel like she’s holding your hand, step by step.
The recipes are coded with a circle (easy); square (intermediate) and diamond (expert)… just like the symbols on ski runs. By the way, Letty landed in Park City in the early 80’s for the sole purpose of skiing. She needed a job to support her skiing habit, so she knocked on the then-brand new Deer Valley Resort. She’s been there ever since.
While mainly a dessert book, Chocolate Snowball isn’t exclusively all about desserts. There is a chapter on breakfast pastries (Dried Cherry Scones and Honey Sticky Buns) and another on savory breads (Green Chile and Cheese Cornbread and Roquefort Gougères). Letty also covers the usual suspects: cookies and bars; cakes and cheesecakes; pies and tarts; ice cream and sorbets; puddings; and fruit specialties.
In all there are 126 recipes, most of them easy or intermediate, plus fundamental formulas and baking at high altitude. It’s a terrific book and I’m thrilled to give it away. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me something….anything…related to cooking. Tell me how many cookbooks you own, or what your favorite dessert is, or who your go-to cooking authority is.
And if you don’t want to enter the giveaway, I hope you will still consider adding Letty’s book to your own collection, or giving it as a gift to someone who loves baking or skiing or both.
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by Letty Halloran Flatt