Dessert People

Two people, one year, one book written by Claire Saffitz

Dessert People started at the end of December 2020 with a simple idea: what if we baked our way through Claire Saffitz's Dessert Person and shared the results with the people around us?

This is that idea. Follow along as we attempt to convert as many people as possible into Dessert People


Who we are

Troy Pavlek

Head chef, likes to buy kitchen stuff

Troy has a laundry list of culinary achievements including "watched a lot of BA Test Kitchen videos" and "pretentiously thinks Kraft Dinner is gross". Under his studious tutelage, the Dessert People project will judiciously replace meals with treats.

Rhianna Toop

Sous chef, conscripted into doing dishes

Rhianna's family likes to make jokes that she "has never cooked in her life" and she strives every day to prove them wrong. She believes it's pretty clearly outlined in common law that a "dessert" must be made of chocolate so she's treating this whole book with a wide berth of skepticism.

What's cooking?

Pistachio Pinwheels

December 30th, 2020

They're not too sweet, have an interesting nutty flavour and look pretty

They're basically grandma-cookies

Almond Butter Banana Bread

January 7th, 2021

Sorry Claire, it's not BA's Best.

I didn't go bananas for this bread. Choc-olate it up to a lack thereof.

Malted "Forever" Brownies

January 9th, 2021

I want more cake, less fudge.

It contains chocolate

Sour Cream and Chive Rolls

January 23rd, 2021

I promise I still have a sweet tooth. But these knocked it out of the park.

Put some cheese in this recipe, give the people what they want

Tarte Trop├ęzienne / Brioche Twists with Coriander Sugar

January 27th, 2021

It's like cinnamon twists but there's no cinnamon. What a life.

This is my favourite recipe so far.

Both parts were good, but neither part felt like they loved each other. Will likely file for divorce.

They did not pack as big of a punch as I expected, but I would still eat them all

Seedy Maple Breakfast Muffins

January 31st, 2021

They taste a bit too strongly of coconut for me and feel a bit too oily

These taste like healthy

Salted Halvah Blondies

February 1st, 2021

They were better than the brownies

Maybe if the magic word was "close sesame" there would be less of them

Pistachio Linzer Tart

February 7th, 2021

I didn't mind eating this, but I wouldn't choose to make it again

If I wanted Nutri-Grain (I don't), then I'd buy some

Meyer Lemon Tart

February 28th, 2021

It was a bit too tart, and structurally didn't hold up well

The jam made it worse, but it didn't have a lot to start with

Chocolate Hazelnut Galette des Rois

March 7th, 2021

It was really great immediately out of the oven, and trash the next day

It was meh

Classic Birthday Cake

March 14th, 2021

I tried very hard to like cake. I couldn't pull it off. Make pie instead

It was too rich and too dry.

Loaded Corn Bread

April 5th, 2021

The coveted zero-stars. I threw it out.

I would rather individually eat the uncooked ingredients

Blueberry Slab Pie

April 18th, 2021

The crust is tasty and crispy, the filling is not-too-sweet and perfectly spiced

I don't know what to say, I don't like pies. It was fine, I guess?

Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

April 23rd, 2021

They were better than the brownies

They were the best ever. They taste like a real dessert

The Rules

We're only two people, and this book makes a lot of dessert. And isn't the best part of dessert sharing it? So, I've taken to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share them with people in Edmonton, with only two simple rules:

  1. You must aim to make the world a better place, not worse. Do something nice.
  2. You must take a picture of the dessert being enjoyed.


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