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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Weekend Cooking: The Treats Truck Baking Book by Kim Ima

What is it about cooler weather that just makes me want to get in the kitchen and bake?  I'm not the world's greatest cook, but I CAN bake like nobody's business!  I love cookies, cakes, pies ... you know, all that bad stuff that tastes oh so good!

I wanted to share this cute little cookbook that I received over the holidays for review!

About Kim and The Treats Truck:

One day Kim Ima had a vision, the Treats Truck! Oh, wouldn’t that be the best way to spend her days - baking and serving treats on the streets of NYC! Her love of baking and her love of treats and her love of New York inspired her to open her bakery, The Treats Truck.

Delicious cookies, brownies and goodies galore for you and all your friends? What could be better than that? The Treats Truck team now spend their days concocting, baking, delivering and eating lots of treats. Treats are good is their philosophy!

Their truck, named Sugar, is their retail mobile bakery, serving nyc and the surrounding boroughs. The Treats Truck does all of its baking in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York. In Red Hook, The Treats Truck bakers prepare all of the Treats Truck goodies for the truck and for special orders and deliveries. And if you just happen to be passing by, you just may get a cookie.

My Thoughts About The Book:

"The Treats Truck Baking Book" is chocked full of sweet and delicious recipes for all those favorite sweet treats that we all remember from our childhood!  Kim has included chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, rice krispie treats, cupcakes, pies - you name it - it's here!  And she also includes her unique way of changing around and adding to those favorites to make her own original lucious treats! 

This would be a great cookbook to give first-time homeowners, brides and grooms, recent college grads, or actually anyone who loves to bake!  The recipes are simple and well-written, and the photographs are fun and inspiring!  I highly recommend this charming book!!

Here is a recipe that Kim recently shared that would be great for upcoming Valentine's Day goodies!

Little Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

Makes 50 servings.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 package (10 ounces) miniature marshmallows (about 6 cups)
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
3 candy canes, coarsely crushed, divided (about 1/4 cup)

1. Grease 8- or 9-inch square pan with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Set aside. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in large saucepan or Dutch oven on low heat. Add marshmallows; stir constantly until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat. Add peppermint extract; mix well. Add rice cereal, chocolate chips and 2 1/2 tablespoons of the crushed candy canes; stir until well blended.

2. Press into prepared pan using a buttered spatula. Sprinkle top with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons crushed candy canes. Cool 15 minutes. Cut into 25 squares. Remove squares from pan. Cut each square in half crosswise.

How to Crush Candy Canes: Place candy canes in large resealable plastic bag. Close bag tightly. Pound with rolling pin, mallet or heavy skillet until coarsely crushed.

 (Sharon's Tip:  You can get candy canes cheap now too since the Christmas stuff is on clearance!! They freeze good too!)

Wouldn't these be cute cut out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and packaged up with red ribbon! Enjoy!!

Weekend Cooking is a weekly meme sponsored by Beth Fish Reads http://www.bethfishreads.com/.   Check out the other yummy recipes that fellow bloggers have posted!

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Janel said...

I am more than a bit obsessed with food trucks. Just wish I lived near NYC so I could track down this one. Yum! Thanks for introducing me to this book.

Beth F said...

A bakery truck?? Where do I find one?? This indeed sounds like a great book for a new baker.

Stacy at A Novel Source said...

Oh those look yummy! Who would have thought mixing peppermint with rice crispy treats!

Christine said...

This cookbook looks so charming! :)

Beth F said...

I know I left a comment yesterday -- grrr.

Anyway, What I said was the idea of bakery truck sounds awesome! I bet this book would be great for a new baker.

TheBookGirl said...

This looks like a perfect book for my daughter who is in college and loves to bake. She is always making stuff for her suitemates and loves to get new fun cookbooks :)

paul said...

It is a perfect recipe book!