The author of this book was born and raised Amish. But you don't have to be. The recipes are clearly written, for modern kitchens — each recipe tested, tasted, and tweaked to be as perfect as possible and yet easy to make.
Because your candy is homemade, you know what's in it.
The recipes are the result of Amish childhood memories and conversations with siblings. They are based on my Mom's Peanut Butter Cups recipe (included in the book) and on other Amish recipes perused for techniques and suggestions.
The Amish chocolate-covered candy recipes in this book come with stories.
Even before the recipes, you'll find a story about a little Amish boy (me) and his adventure eating as much candy as he possibly could, with his Mom's permission.
Then, an overview of how to make the candy center and cover the candy with chocolate, so you can quickly become skilled.
After the recipes, you'll find information about the kinds of chocolate to use and how to melt chocolate.
In the book, you will find these chocolate-covered candy recipes and stories.
~ Crunchy peanut butter candy center (for people who like peanut butter, the crunchy kind). You'll read about how the recipe was developed from Mom's Peanut Butter Cups recipe.
~ Creamy peanut butter candy center (for people who prefer creamy peanut butter ). The chapter contains a synopsis of how it is different from the chocolate-covered crunchy peanut butter candy.
~ Cinnamon candy center (for cinnamon lovers). Find out why I almost gave up on this. And about stumbling on the winner.
~ Chocolate candy center (yes, chocolate-covered chocolate candy). It took several approaches over a few months to find an ingredient combination for the candy I remember from childhood.
~ Mexican seasoning candy center (for people who like sweet and savory). The recipe story is about creating the seasoning to fit the chocolate-covered candy.
In addition to Mom's Peanut Butter Cups recipe and the chocolate-covered candy recipes, there is a bonus.
The bonus is a new recipe for easy-to-make cinnamon-flavored chocolate candy. It is not a filled candy, but cinnamon-flavored chocolate. The chocolate has a subtle cinnamon flavor that makes a person smile.
All the recipes are as easy to follow as I could make them.
There is no cooking to make the candy centers. Mix the centers, cover the entire candy with melted chocolate, and let it dry.
Then, share the joy of your Amish chocolate-covered candy with the people you love.
Will Bontrager was raised Amish in Iowa and Wisconsin, USA. (There's lots to say about the Amish, but that's outside the scope of this particular bio. If interested, do a web search for "Old Order Amish".)
At almost 17 years of age, during year 1970, he left home to go to high school and experience the world outside the Amish community. He never returned to the Amish lifestyle.
His primary interests, other than interacting with people, are cooking, writing software, and writing both non-fiction and fiction.
He has been cooking pretty much all of his adult life, and is now writing about it.
His Amish recipe non-fiction, fiction stories, tools for writers, and other interesting content are at the WillBontrager.com website.
Life is too fun to slow down.
This book is for you. It contains 52 technical tips and information, bite-sized for easy comprehension — written by someone with nearly 2 decades of experience writing software for websites.
Be the person who seems to always have instant answers when others have tech questions. Learn one technique every week for a year. Or one a day for 7½ weeks.
A sample of the technical tips and information (Techbits) in this book include:
• Automatic scrolling to the bottom of a div.
• Working with the Ajax same-origin policy — must-know if you'll be using Ajax.
• How to prevent form submission — for demos, illustrations, and other reasons you may have.
A Techbit is a short write-up of a skill or technique you are likely to need for your website — information, how-to, or preventive measure related to website operation, web page design, content formatting, or web page features such as forms and responsiveness.
Here are more Techbits found in the book:
• Three ways to set a cookie — when one method isn't feasible, another is likely to be.
• A link to launch an email app — so they don't have to use a form to write to you or to recommend your website.
Because copying code from electronic books can be difficult, web pages with easy-to-copy code have been created for buyers of 52 Good-to-Know Techbits. Also web pages with demonstrations mentioned in the book. And, 52+ additional tips presented in videos. The Appendix has more information.
There are 4 categories of Techbits:
-1- Presenting Your Content — Techbits offering various approaches to presenting, formatting, making responsive, shaping, and getting attention — related to content on a web page. There may be some techniques here you have no idea could be done.
-2- Production Tools and Timesavers — Techbits with methods and tools to save time and frustration. Plus information website developers really must have at hand.
-3- Website Management — Techbits with information and code addressing cookies, www and non-www domain URLs, secure sites, a content theft prevention method, and other techniques it's good for website owners to be aware of.
-4- Create, Enhance, and Manage Forms — Techbits describing different actions that can be done with forms. These are techniques to make your forms more efficient, more effective, more responsive, or more profitable.
If you develop or maintain websites, 52 Good-to-Know Techbits is an absolute must.
Buy it now. I'm virtually certain you'll be glad you did.
On her entertaining YouTube Channel, How to Cake It, Yolanda Gampp creates mind-blowing cakes in every shape imaginable. From a watermelon to a human heart, to food shaped cakes such as burgers and pizzas, Yolanda’s creations are fun and realistic. Now, Yolanda brings her friendly, offbeat charm and caking expertise to this colorful cakebook, filled with imaginative cakes to make at home.
How to Cake It: A Cakebook includes directions for making eighteen jaw-dropping cakes that are gorgeous and delicious, including a few fan favorites with a fresh twist, and mind-blowing new creations. Yolanda shares her coveted recipes and pro-tips, taking you step-by-step from easy/kid-friendly cakes (no carving necessary and simple fondant work) to more difficult designs (minimal carving and fondant detail) to aspirational cakes (carving, painting, and gum paste work).
Whatever the celebration, Yolanda has the perfect creation, including her never before seen Candy Apple Cake, Party Hat, Rainbow Grilled Cheese Cake, Toy Bulldozer Cake, and even a Golden Pyramid Cake which features a secret treasure chamber!
Written in her inspiring, encouraging voice, filled with clear, easy-to-follow instructions and vibrant photos, How to Cake It: A Cakebook will turn beginners into confident cake creators, and confident bakers into caking superstars!