Title: Sweet Cast Iron Creations
Author: Doug Martin
Publisher: Hobble Creek Press
“From the campfire to your kitchen, there’s no better way to cook desserts than in a cast iron. And with so many tasty treats to try, you’ll want to make them all,” the back cover states of Doug Martin’s cookbook, Sweet Cast Iron Creations.
At one hundred and sixty pages, this paperback targets those interested in desserts made using a cast iron. With a third to full-page, full-color photographs that cover the majority of the complete meals, there are almost sixty recipes along with over a dozen toppings.
After the table of contents and an introduction, the book is divided into six sections of pies, cakes, crisps/cobblers/tarts, cookies, sweet rolls/bread, and frostings/ganaches/compotes. Measurement equivalents, index by title, afterword, and the author’s biography complete the book.
In the introduction, Martin discusses how to choose a cast iron as well as caring for it by stripping, seasoning, cleaning, and storing. He also mentions cooking methods of baking, roasting, braising, and broiling, the last three rarely done when making desserts.
Some secrets using the equipment include boiling water, cooking spray, parchment paper, and making sure it is on a level surface.
After the recipe’s title is a short paragraph explaining the dish’s characteristics or writer’s personal memory. Ingredients needed are on the right side of the page in used order. The directions are usually in number format in short, precise sentences. No serving size, preparation or cooking time, or nutritional or caloric information is given.
Some of the concoctions include Green Chili Apple Pie, Mango Cherry Pie, Pumpkin Kahlua Cake, English Fruitcake, Pear Tarte Tatin, Three Berry Cobbler, Buttery Sugar Cookies, Almond Biscotti, Lemony Lemon Bread, and Monkey Bread with toppings such as Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry Coolie, and Strawberry Compote.
Although there is no list of recipes in each section and some of the photographs are slightly out of focus, this would make a good book for someone wanting to cook a sweet treat using a cast iron. With the flavorful sounding recipe names, the desserts could be made in a regular oven too.
This is a debut book for author Martin, who has won with his partner, Matt Pelton, the International Dutch Oven Society World Championship two years in a row. Doug and his wife live in Utah where Doug collect, restores, and sells old cast iron.
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