Recipes from The Perfect Finish

The Perfect Finish

The Perfect Finish is playfully organized by occasion: “I’ll Bring Dessert” features recipes easy to pack for potlucks; “Straight from the Oven” includes fruit pies best served warm; and “Pick-Me-Ups” spotlights brownies and chocolate chip cookies that will brighten your day. For the adventurous, Bill groups his guaranteed-to-impress desserts―including his signature warm vanilla cake―in a chapter inspired from his days in one of Manhattan’s finest restaurants, Bouley. Bill also demonstrates technique and unfamiliar ingredients and explains how to store and transport desserts. This is a book for every taste and every experience level, with color pictures of nearly all the beautiful finished desserts.

A 16-layer red-eye devil's food cake--alternating layer of chocolate cake and chocolate frosting

Red Eye Devil’s Food Cake

A classic chocolate cake on caffeine, this impressive yet easy to assemble stack of chocolatey elegance takes its rounded chocolatey-ness from a cup of joe and its ample fudgy-ness fro ganache.

  • (4)
  • 50 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 39
Six apple and white cheddar scones on a piece of parchment on top of a cooling rack.

Apple and White Cheddar Scones

These sweetly savory scones take the traditional sweet and savory intermingling of apple pie and Cheddar and make it portable and pastry perfect.

  • (5)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 12
A muffin tin filled with raspberry-studded financiers.

Mini-Muffin Financiers

Don’t let these delicate, diminutive cakes with the froufrou French name fool you. They’re a cinch to toss in the oven–and even easier to toss in the mouth.

  • (4)
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 15