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Mary Lee Montfort got her professional start in the kitchen of the Union Bay Cafe in Seattle, Washington, as a pantry/line cook. Her responsibilities included making all of the chef's homemade desserts.

Mary Lee went on to open her own successful small baking business, Mary Lee's Desserts, in Northern Virginia in 2004. All of her desserts were made to order for every customer by Mary Lee, which quickly set her apart from commercial bakeries. From single cakes to large corporate events, holidays – when Mary Lee routinely baked over 1,000 cookies – to galas and Bards Alley Bookstore & Café, her desserts were always known for their quality and amazing taste. Mary Lee designed desserts and morning goodies for the cafe within Bards Alley Bookstore in Vienna, Virginia, and was so proud to have her creations available in retail.

Mary Lee is an advocate for Marriage Equality and the LGBTQ community and as such, proudly participated in the Chefs for Equality Galas (swag bags!) in Washington DC. Mary Lee believes in passing things forward and has covered all of the costs of designing, producing, distributing, and marketing her cookbook herself so that she can donate ALL of the profits from each book's sale to three charities doing amazing work: World Central Kitchen, The Trevor Project, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Baking the Best of Mary Lee's Desserts
Recipes from 15 Years of Baking Outrageous Cupcakes, Cakes, Cookies and More!
by Mary Lee Montfort

Overview


"Baking the Best of Mary Lee's Desserts" contains over 85 dessert recipes based on Mary Lee's 15 years of running her successful small baking business in Northern Virginia. Mary Lee is known for her amazing cupcakes, old-fashioned layer cakes, signature cakes, an array of cookies, bars, and tartlets, plus all of the morning treats and specialty goodies that she designed for Bards Alley Bookstore and Cafe. Included in this book are the four recipes published in the Washington Post, including her hugely successful M&M Bars (top Post recipe for all of 2012), as well as many cherished family recipes. Start warming the oven and let's get baking!
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"Baking the Best of Mary Lee's Desserts" will have you baking successfully in no time! Inside you'll find recipes for old-fashioned layer cakes, Mary Lee's signature cakes, amazing cupcakes, cookies, bars, tarts, morning breads, and more! Mary Lee is known for the taste and quality of each and every dessert, and until now, has not shared her recipes outside of the Washington Post. Included in this book are the four recipes published in the Washington Post, including her hugely successful M&M Bars. Unlike many cookbooks that simply test recipes for publication, the recipes inside of this book are the foundation of her highly successful baking business. Mary Lee has written each recipe with brand names listed, and easy step-by-step instructions for all levels of bakers. Additionally, there are sections on baking equipment and baking tips that all levels of bakers will find helpful. Having covered all book-related costs herself, Mary Lee is donating all of the profits from each book's sale to: Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen, The Trevor Project, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Overview


"Baking the Best of Mary Lee's Desserts" contains over 85 dessert recipes based on Mary Lee's 15 years of running her successful small baking business in Northern Virginia. Mary Lee is known for her amazing cupcakes, old-fashioned layer cakes, signature cakes, an array of cookies, bars, and tartlets, plus all of the morning treats and specialty goodies that she designed for Bards Alley Bookstore and Cafe. Included in this book are the four recipes published in the Washington Post, including her hugely successful M&M Bars (top Post recipe for all of 2012), as well as many cherished family recipes. Start warming the oven and let's get baking!

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Description


"Baking the Best of Mary Lee's Desserts" will have you baking successfully in no time! Inside you'll find recipes for old-fashioned layer cakes, Mary Lee's signature cakes, amazing cupcakes, cookies, bars, tarts, morning breads, and more! Mary Lee is known for the taste and quality of each and every dessert, and until now, has not shared her recipes outside of the Washington Post. Included in this book are the four recipes published in the Washington Post, including her hugely successful M&M Bars. Unlike many cookbooks that simply test recipes for publication, the recipes inside of this book are the foundation of her highly successful baking business. Mary Lee has written each recipe with brand names listed, and easy step-by-step instructions for all levels of bakers. Additionally, there are sections on baking equipment and baking tips that all levels of bakers will find helpful. Having covered all book-related costs herself, Mary Lee is donating all of the profits from each book's sale to: Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen, The Trevor Project, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Book details

Genre:COOKING

Subgenre:Methods / Baking

Language:English

Pages:232

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781667813233


Overview


"Baking the Best of Mary Lee's Desserts" contains over 85 dessert recipes based on Mary Lee's 15 years of running her successful small baking business in Northern Virginia. Mary Lee is known for her amazing cupcakes, old-fashioned layer cakes, signature cakes, an array of cookies, bars, and tartlets, plus all of the morning treats and specialty goodies that she designed for Bards Alley Bookstore and Cafe. Included in this book are the four recipes published in the Washington Post, including her hugely successful M&M Bars (top Post recipe for all of 2012), as well as many cherished family recipes. Start warming the oven and let's get baking!

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Description


"Baking the Best of Mary Lee's Desserts" will have you baking successfully in no time! Inside you'll find recipes for old-fashioned layer cakes, Mary Lee's signature cakes, amazing cupcakes, cookies, bars, tarts, morning breads, and more! Mary Lee is known for the taste and quality of each and every dessert, and until now, has not shared her recipes outside of the Washington Post. Included in this book are the four recipes published in the Washington Post, including her hugely successful M&M Bars. Unlike many cookbooks that simply test recipes for publication, the recipes inside of this book are the foundation of her highly successful baking business. Mary Lee has written each recipe with brand names listed, and easy step-by-step instructions for all levels of bakers. Additionally, there are sections on baking equipment and baking tips that all levels of bakers will find helpful. Having covered all book-related costs herself, Mary Lee is donating all of the profits from each book's sale to: Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen, The Trevor Project, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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About the author


Mary Lee Montfort got her professional start in the kitchen of the Union Bay Cafe in Seattle, Washington, as a pantry/line cook. Her responsibilities included making all of the chef's homemade desserts.

Mary Lee went on to open her own successful small baking business, Mary Lee's Desserts, in Northern Virginia in 2004. All of her desserts were made to order for every customer by Mary Lee, which quickly set her apart from commercial bakeries. From single cakes to large corporate events, holidays – when Mary Lee routinely baked over 1,000 cookies – to galas and Bards Alley Bookstore & Café, her desserts were always known for their quality and amazing taste. Mary Lee designed desserts and morning goodies for the cafe within Bards Alley Bookstore in Vienna, Virginia, and was so proud to have her creations available in retail.

Mary Lee is an advocate for Marriage Equality and the LGBTQ community and as such, proudly participated in the Chefs for Equality Galas (swag bags!) in Washington DC. Mary Lee believes in passing things forward and has covered all of the costs of designing, producing, distributing, and marketing her cookbook herself so that she can donate ALL of the profits from each book's sale to three charities doing amazing work: World Central Kitchen, The Trevor Project, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Stacey
Thankful for these recipes! When Mary Lee retired I feared the desserts of my children's childhood would be only a sweet memory. Now our world forever can be filled with all her divine treasures. Special shiut out for the blueberry lemon 🧁 Read more
Eva
A Treasured Book for Years To Come When I first opened this cookbook I was immediately drawn to how beautiful the pictures were and how easy the instructions were to make each dessert. Mary gives helpful hints in each recipe so if you’re ever questioning anything , it will immediately be answered. (like she could read our minds). This book is the only book you’ll need in regards to making a dessert because there is something in there for everyone. Just open it and you will see. Happy Baking! Read more
Catherine
Thank you!! Mary Lee Montfort’s book makes baking accessible for someone like me, an inexperienced baker. I just made her granola, which is fabulous. Now, I can’t wait to bake a cake! Over the years, I have tried many different granolas, mostly purchased from restaurants. I’m that discerning! This Orange Blossom one is delicious. The ginger and citrus in the background are wonderful. So easy to make too. Eating it feels like a real treat and also healthy—that perfect balance. Thank you Mary Lee Montfort for your recipes and crystal clear instruction! Read more
Anna Lee
Best of the Best Mary Lee’s recipes have been a treasured part of her successful catering business and we should consider ourselves lucky to get our hands on these knockout recipes! We’re baking our way through the book and loving every recipe we’ve tried! Read more
Tara
Like having a friend in the kitchen I am thoroughly enjoying Baking the Best of Mary Lee's Desserts. Success in the baking department has never been a sure thing for me, so I had a back up dessert planned for my family get-together. But, I followed Mary Lee's recipe, and helpful tips, and the cookies came out perfect. First time for me! I look forward to baking the m and m bars and fallen angel cake soon. This book is a great resource, and a way to help some great charities too. Read more
Ava
Fabulous What a treat to have a collection of Mary Lee’s desserts! I have enjoyed her delicious baked goods for years from her home-based business and it is generous of her to share the “ secrets of her trade “. Her recipes are easy to follow with helpful tips along the way. There is a broad selection of desserts and the accompanying beautiful photos makes it hard to choose! I have already baked one of my personal favorites of hers, “Fallen Angel”. Fabulous! I have wanted this recipe for years and am thrilled it is now available in her cookbook. “Baking the Best of Mary Lee’s Desserts” is a welcome addition to my cookbook collection. Read more
Rick
Wonderful Book Supporting Great Causes As the author’s husband, I admittedly am biased about this wonderful cookbook, all of the profits of which support three worthy charities. I also can say with confidence that the recipes from Baking the Best of Mary Lee’s Desserts produce wonderful desserts. We have had the pleasure of attending several events for the book where guests – ranging from baking novices to experienced bakers – have brought desserts that they baked using recipes from the book. In every case, the desserts were wonderful. If you are interested in baking, even if you’re not an experienced baker, give this book a try. You’ll bake delicious desserts and you’ll be supporting some wonderful charities. Read more
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