My Sweet Kitchen - Linda Lomelino

My Sweet Kitchen: Recipes for Stylish Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Donuts, Cupcakes, and More--Plus Tutorials for Distinctive Decoration, Styling, and Photography by Linda Lomelino lives up to the title. Gorgeous photographs, recipes and easy instructions to not only bake these tempting treats but also style and photograph (if we are so inclined) our creations.

In 2009, the Swedish author started her blog, Call Me Cupcake, because cupcakes were all the rage at that time.  In starting the blog, she found out how fun baking could be. Three cookbooks later, she has hit her stride - her books are works of art and I'm already looking forward to Lomelino's Pies: A Celebration of Pies, Galettes, and Tarts coming this September. 

While paging through My Sweet Kitchen, I felt as if I were in a beautifully appointed pastry shop where every detail is attended to. Linda finds the perfect balance of dark haunting images of perfectly styled desserts with bright pops of color and light. I know that sounds contradictory but certain of the photographs are beautifully stirring with dark backgrounds and hues yet with glorious color and light. You will find yourself lost in the images noticing every detail she has carefully crafted.

Each recipe has detailed instructions, techniques are set out with step-by-step photographs and overall the book just made me want to create these stunning desserts. The chapter on cake decorating is genius - again with step-by-step photographs - that truly have me believing that I can pipe a life-like rose atop a cupcake or glaze a cake with perfectly imperfect streams of sugary deliciousness oozing down the sides. The range of recipes would satisfy any level of baker and the instruction on photographs, backdrops, and styling makes this a double whammy for anyone who is interested in food photography or wants to wow their guests with a stunning presentation.

Special thanks to the author and Roost Books for sharing the following dessert with our members which is easy to create but appears like you spent the day slaving away in the kitchen for your guests. 

Raspberry and Oreo Cheesecake
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8 to 10 slices
This recipe has simple components and a dramatic presentation. If the ingredients for the filling are allowed to come to room temperature beforehand, you'll get a fine cheesecake that doesn't split or sink while baking. A note on equipment: You will need a long pan, big enough to fit the cake pan inside, for the bain-marie baking. 
Cookie Base

4 tablespoons salted butter
7 ounces Oreo cookies (or Ballerina cookies, available at IKEA or Swedish import shops)
Cheesecake Filling
21 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 eggs, at room temperature
⅔ cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Raspberry Sauce
5¼ ounces raspberries, fresh (or thawed frozen)
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons water
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
2 teaspoons cornstarch
4½ ounces fresh raspberries, for garnish
Making the Cookie Base
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2. Melt the butter. Pulse the cookies into fine crumbs in a blender or food processor. Add the butter and pulse. Press the cookie mixture into the bottom and partway up the sides of a 7-inch springform pan. (You can use up to a 9½-inch pan, but the cake will be much shallower.) Prebake the crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
3. Wrap the bottom of the cooled springform pan with two thick layers of aluminum foil to prevent water from seeping into the pan when the cheesecake bakes in the bain-marie.
Making the Cheesecake Filling
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice into a creamy batter. Add the eggs and beat for another minute. Beat in the sour cream and then sift the flour over the batter. Continue beating until the batter is smooth and then pour it over the cookie base in the springform pan.
Baking the Cheesecake
1. Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Set the springform pan in a long baking pan and place in oven at 325°F. Pour the hot water into the long pan so that it reaches halfway up the springform pan.
2. Bake for 50 to 80 minutes (the smaller the pan diameter, the less baking time is needed), until the cheesecake is firm around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the middle. Turn off the heat and leave the cheesecake in the oven for 1 more hour.

3. Remove the springform pan from the oven and the water bath and let the cheesecake cool completely in the pan. Refrigerate the cheesecake (still in the springform pan) for 6 to 8 hours.

Making the Raspberry Sauce

1. Stir together the raspberries, water, sugar, and vanilla in a saucepan. Mash the raspberries with a fork and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
2. Stir the cornstarch with a little water in a small bowl until dissolved. Add to the raspberry mixture and stir well. Let the mixture simmer until it thickens, stirring constantly to avoid sticking to the bottom.
3. Press the sauce through a sieve over a small bowl and discard the seeds. Let the strained sauce cool to room temperature then refrigerate.
Decorating the Cheesecake
Remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before serving. Carefully loosen the sides of the springform pan and remove. Transfer the cake to a platter and garnish with the raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries.


From My Sweet Kitchen: Recipes for Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Donuts, Cupcakes, and More by Linda Lomelino © 2016. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO.




  • hippiechick1955  on  2/18/2017 at 2:07 PM

    I would have to try the Apple & Strawberry Pie with Cardamom simply because I have never added Cardamom to a desert. Im curious.

  • Mrs. L  on  2/21/2017 at 1:41 PM

    That cheesecake looks amazing, and the new cookbook coming in September sounds wonderful too! Both going on my wish list!

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