The Sugar Cube by Kir Jensen {Deliciously Twisted Treats Cookbook}

Portland, OR has become quite the hot spot for the food cart industry. With over 475 food carts available on any day, there are many choices when it comes to selecting which cuisine will satisfy your hunger.  You can find anything from Himalayan dumplings to scrumptious desserts. One of Portland’s highly recommended food carts is The Sugar Cube, which specializes in all things sweet.

Kir Jenson, the one-woman show behind The Sugar Cube,  gives the recipes of her tasty treats in her new cookbook, The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet. One of the things that I love about this cookbook besides the fact that the recipes are super easy to follow and re-create, are the stories and tidbits that accompany each recipe. This really adds a personal touch to the cookbook.  I do wish there were photos to go with each recipe, however it is still a wonderful cookbook to own.  One thing that really amazes me is that Kir does all the prepping and baking in her tiny food cart. Knowing that fact really puts the prospect of cooking these recipes in perspective and how you’re able to cook them in just about any type of kitchen without fancy appliances or specialty cookware.

The Sugar Cube’s recipe names are just as unique as the desserts themselves. You won’t have to worry about bringing a duplicate dessert to your next social gathering with treats like the twisted toll house cookies or highway to heaven cupcakes.  Actually, it’s the highway to heaven cupcake’s sweet and salty deliciousness that brought The Sugar Cube food cart to notoriety. There is a wide variety of amazing recipes throughout the cookbook, including sweet drinks like malted hot chocolate and honey milk. This cookbook is definitely one that will be used more than just once.

Kir Jensen originally hails from Chicago, IL where she studied to be a pastry chef at The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. After leaving Chicago, Kir headed out to Portland where she worked at several highly praised restaurants and bakeries.  In 2008, Kir set out on her own to open The Sugar Cube.  Since then it has been featured in Travel & Leisure, Sunset Magazine, The New York and L.A Times.

You can purchase a copy of The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet at Chronicle Books.

Special thanks to Chronicle Books for providing a book to facilitate this review.

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