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Normally, when something is quick and easy, you expect to compromise on deliciousness, especially when it comes to dessert. But in One Bowl Baking, our own SE author and longtime baker Yvonne Ruperti proves you can have it all, with solidly simple recipes for a variety of sweets.

You may recognize One Bowl Baking as a column here on Serious Eatsthat showcases no-muss, no-fuss desserts that can be prepared, quite literally, in one bowl. These brand new recipes follow the same principles. For example, instead of creaming butter and sugar in one place, and sifting flour in another, the butter is usually melted or softened, and dry ingredients are cut or stirred into the wet. No mixer or food processor necessary. It sounds like magic, or maybe even laziness, but it's the product of fifteen years of professional baking distilled into several essential steps.

More experienced bakers will realize the limitations of such a method, but that's not the point here. Rather, it's an exercise in what a person can do with a bowl, an oven, and a few basic tools. If you've ever wondered "What can I crank out in about an hour, with a whisk and a spatula?", this book would be your answer. You'd be spoilt for choice; there are recipes for nearly every type of baked good, including layer cakes, muffins, scones, tarts, cookies, and brownies. With One Bowl Baking as a resource, there's absolutely no excuse for using box mix.

The desserts we're showcasing are suitable for a variety of occasions, whether it's snack time, an indulgent brunch, or a quiet breakfast at home. Peanut Butter and Jam Bars use blackcurrant jam instead of your standard grape and are a bake sale no-brainer. White Chocolate Bread Pudding is made with a white chocolate sauce as comforting as the pudding itself, and Cinnamon Sugar Scones are literally bursting at the seams with crunchy cinnamon sugar. Crispy Brown Sugar Shortbread rounds out the bunch, yielding a golden brown dough that can be cut into any shape you like. All you need is a bowl.

Win A Copy!

Thanks to the generous folks over at Running Press, we are giving away five (5) copies of One Bowl Baking this week. All you have to do is tell us the name of the simplest dessert you make.

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