Claire Saffitz Dessert Person

Last updated: December 12, 2022

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In our analysis of 37 expert reviews, the Claire Saffitz Dessert Person placed 6th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Claire Saffitz is a baking hero for a new generation. In Dessert Person, fans will find Claire’s signature spin on sweet and savory recipes like Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, Crispy Mushroom Galette, and Malted Forever Brownies. She outlines the problems and solutions for each recipe—like what to do if your pie dough for Sour Cherry Pie cracks (patch it with dough or a quiche flour paste!)—as well as practical do’s and don’ts, skill level, prep and bake time, step-by-step photography, and foundational know-how. With her trademark warmth and superpower ability to explain anything baking related, Claire is ready to make everyone a dessert person.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

A book full of recipes that will introduce you to, but not overwhelm you with, new ingredients and flavor combinations. All of the recipes feature ingredients and equipment lists that can be easily fulfilled locally and are fancy without breaking the bank.
The recipes are clearly written, with detailed tips, and step-by-step photographs are provided for the more complicated projects.
Claire’s personality carried right over onto the page, the instructions were clear, I enjoyed her honesty and her non-fussiness and I enjoyed how she rated her desserts on a scale of 1-5 for how they would make a brand new baker feel using the cookbook. The photography was timeless.
an excellent cookbook that will ask you to spend time in the kitchen, but it also tries to make that experience fun and interesting. The level of detail with which recipes were written, as well as the attention to the ingredients used, is something we don't see often.
A recipe matrix charts the table of contents by difficulty and time so anyone can easily pinpoint which photos are both swoon-inducing and achievable. Her explanations of how to get to know your oven and which ingredients can be substituted arm the beginner cook with more than enough knowledge to be dangerous.
To help you with your baking, Claire also adds outlines of potential problems and solutions you might face with each recipe. This is essential for beginner bakers that might not know what’s going wrong.

What reviewers didn't like

The only thing I don’t like about Dessert Person is the amount of page-flipping the reader has to do to make sure they have all the ingredients needed to even begin the recipe they want to try.
There are caveats in the introduction that become difficult to keep track of while cooking each recipe (e.g. if using a fan oven reduce temperature of each recipe by a certain amount; recipes are for large eggs only) and a lot of recipes result in pretty average desserts despite very detailed and often unnecessarily complex recipe.
Some people had issues with the digital Kindle version of this book.
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