Strawberries & champagne sorbet from Sweet Eats for All + a giveaway!

Strawberries & Champagne Sorbet from Sweet Eats for All | A Dash of Compassion

Confession: I am crushing on Allyson Kramer and her new book, Sweet Eats for All. If you’re a home baker like me, I bet you’ll fall head over heels, too. Here, Allyson shares creative twists on classic confections that will satisfy anyone following any sort of special diet. She’s got everyone covered: all 250 recipes are free of gluten and animal products; you’ll also find recipes free of soy, nuts, and corn, as well as an entire chapter devoted to treats free of refined sugar.

Pretty impressive, right?

Sweet Eats for All review & giveaway | A Dash of Compassion

As a popular blogger and author of Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats and Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World, Allyson knows her stuff and really does aim to please. Her first two cookbooks have become essential guidebooks for anyone adhering to a vegan and gluten-free lifestyle. This new book is an excellent companion and, well, really a dream come true for vegans, kids, bakers and dessert lovers, and is a must-have if you bake for people of different dietary persuasions.

I’ve made a number of recipes from the book, including gingerbread squares, peanut butter chocolate chia puddingcinnamon raisin bread and this strawberries and champagne sorbet, and I still find myself thumbing through it on a regular basis. There is just so much awesomeness in this book. Need a recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter? An easy summer treat or the perfect kid-friendly birthday cake? She’s got you covered.

Strawberries & Champagne Sorbet from Sweet Eats for All | A Dash of Compassion

If you’re new to vegan and/or gluten-free baking, no problem. Allyson shares all her expert knowledge and secrets of success in the first chapter—Stocking a Sweet Pantry covers all the essential ingredients and tools of the trade, as well as recipes for homemade basics like simple syrup, cashew cream, mascarpone and whipped coconut cream.

Then she moves onto the good stuff with seven more chapters devoted to every sweet you can imagine:

  • Killer cakes and toppings
  • Captivating cookies and bars
  • Luscious pies, pastries, tarts and cheesecakes
  • Fabulous frozen treats
  • Tempting puddings, custards, jellies and fruits
  • Choice chocolates and dandy candies
  • Nature’s candy: Refined sugar-free treats

Think you can’t pull off a vegan and gluten-free New York-style cheesecake, flaky homemade puff pastry, perfectly crunchy honeycomb candy, or a Devil’s Food cake complete with rolled fondant and fluffy chocolate frosting? Allyson is here to show you how you can.

Strawberries & Champagne Sorbet from Sweet Eats for All | A Dash of Compassion

This book has lots of less intimidating recipes too. If you’re looking for a simple recipe to share with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day, I highly recommend trying out Allyson’s recipe for strawberries and champagne sorbet, from page 199 of the book. It’s incredible, and only requires four ingredients!

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Strawberries & champagne sorbet

Yield: 1 quart

Ingredients:

  • 1 pear, peeled and cubed (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups strawberries, greens removed
  • 1 cup Prosecco, Spumante, or other sparkling white wine
  • ¾ cup sugar

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse together the pear and strawberries until well chopped. In a separate bowl, gradually mix the Prosecco with the sugar and stir gently to dissolve. Let rest for about 5 minutes and then stir gently again. Drizzle about ½ cup of the Prosecco mixture into the food processor and blend until quite smooth, for about 1 minute, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  2. Add in the rest of the Prosecco mixture and blend until very well combined. Transfer to the bowl of an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s instructions or by following directions on page 186.

From Sweet Eats for All by Allyson Kramer. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014

Cookbook giveaway:

Thanks to my friends at Da Capo, I have the opportunity to gift a copy of the book to one ADC reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and I’ll choose a random winner on Friday, February 20, 2015. Good luck!

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