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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Aug. 15 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312780664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312780661
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By margaret lyon on Jan. 27 2004
Format: Paperback
"A Reader" from 1998 is reviewing the wrong book. "Sweet and Sugar Free" by Karen E. Barkie, does not contain any recipes calling for date flour. The book "A Reader" is referring to is called "Cook With Me SUGAR FREE" by Sharon D. Gerstenzang. It is also available here at Amazon, and is an excellent book.
This book, "Sweet & Sugar Free" by Karen E. Barkie, is also an excellent book. The recipes are not as simple as your recipes calling for 2 eggs, 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of flour. When cooking with fruits and fruit juices, you need slighly different techniques to come up with a tasty finished product. That said, the techniques are explained in detail and after making a few of them, you really feel confident enough to try to alter some of your own recipes, to make them with fruit juices instead of sugar or honey.
Karen Barkie's recipes are reliable. The baked goods have a nice texture, a sweet flavor, and are family-friendly. After learning and experimenting with fruit-sweetened recipes and techniques, the recipes become quite easy. If you are avoiding artificial sweeteners or sugar, honey and other sweeteners that send your insulin soaring, these recipes will really hit the spot. They taste good, feel good in your mouth, satisfy the kids, and are relatively inexpensive easy to prepare.
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By C. Muhlbach on March 27 2001
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The New England Apple pie alone makes this book a must for diabetics and anyone wishing to cut sucrose out of their diet! I have served these desserts to many different people and noone notices the lack of sugar or a "funny" aftertaste. Everyone raves about the great sweet fruit taste and the textures are normal. A must have!
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"Sweet and Sugarfree" is a must for the diabetic. The recipes are all delicious. The only thing they could improve on would be if some of the ingredients, such as date flour, could be purchased instead of having to make your own. All in all it is an excellent book, but it is a bit time consuming.
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By A Customer on Dec 24 1997
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Sugar-free desserts (no refined sugars, honey, molasses, or artificial sugar substitutes)---sweetened with fruit and fruit juices.

Cakes, cookies, pies, custards and much more!

If you've been desiring a way to ease your "sugar-addicted" family into a healthier eating pattern, Karen Barkie's book could be just what you've been looking for!

~Debi
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Good Book Jan. 27 2004
By margaret lyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"A Reader" from 1998 is reviewing the wrong book. "Sweet and Sugar Free" by Karen E. Barkie, does not contain any recipes calling for date flour. The book "A Reader" is referring to is called "Cook With Me SUGAR FREE" by Sharon D. Gerstenzang. It is also available here at Amazon, and is an excellent book.
This book, "Sweet & Sugar Free" by Karen E. Barkie, is also an excellent book. The recipes are not as simple as your recipes calling for 2 eggs, 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of flour. When cooking with fruits and fruit juices, you need slighly different techniques to come up with a tasty finished product. That said, the techniques are explained in detail and after making a few of them, you really feel confident enough to try to alter some of your own recipes, to make them with fruit juices instead of sugar or honey.
Karen Barkie's recipes are reliable. The baked goods have a nice texture, a sweet flavor, and are family-friendly. After learning and experimenting with fruit-sweetened recipes and techniques, the recipes become quite easy. If you are avoiding artificial sweeteners or sugar, honey and other sweeteners that send your insulin soaring, these recipes will really hit the spot. They taste good, feel good in your mouth, satisfy the kids, and are relatively inexpensive easy to prepare.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A must have for March 26 2001
By C. Muhlbach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The New England Apple pie alone makes this book a must for diabetics and anyone wishing to cut sucrose out of their diet! I have served these desserts to many different people and noone notices the lack of sugar or a "funny" aftertaste. Everyone raves about the great sweet fruit taste and the textures are normal. A must have!
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Delicious recipes, but in many cases too time consuming. Nov. 10 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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"Sweet and Sugarfree" is a must for the diabetic. The recipes are all delicious. The only thing they could improve on would be if some of the ingredients, such as date flour, could be purchased instead of having to make your own. All in all it is an excellent book, but it is a bit time consuming.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't deserve the bad reviews. July 28 2008
By A. Matos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Okay. Granted. If you eat a cupcake from the supermarket with that blue icing made from crisco and one pound of confectioner's sugar and then you eat something from this book it'll probably taste like cardboard.

BUT THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT!

The point is that we've trained ourselves to like the taste of such overly sugar-filled desserts that we're all becoming diabetic! I just made the Orange Cranberry Muffins and they are delicious! They are soft and moist and have a nice orange flavor with the tartness of the cranberries. Now, yes, they aren't sweet as I'm used to eating "sweet" things, but they're refreshingly yummy and healthful, especially since I replaced the white flour with whole wheat (adding 4 tablespoons of milk).

PLUS, she gives you recipes for tons of jams, spreads, toppings, custards, puddings that you can make and serve with the muffins for breakfast. And it's all refined sugar free and no artificial sweetners, just natural fruit. So if the muffin is too un-sweet for you or if you're just getting used to the taste, make some of her delicious jams and have a muffin with jam for breakfast!

When she says sweet she doesn't mean sugar sweet she means the natural flavor of fruit sweet. And I think we should all wean ourselves off that overly-sweet flavor and learn to appreciate nature's sweetness.

Buy this, experiment with it, and slowly get used to the flavor of all natural sweetness.

The only criticism that I would make is that the recipes have very large yields. That's okay for the cakes and muffins because I just freeze whatever I don't want at that moment but that's not possible to do with the pies and cookies so keep that in mind.

The muffin recipe using applesauce is especially delicious actually quite sweet considering it has no added sugar. I made the pineapple carrot cake and the "natural" flavor was very intense. I think it would be better if some raisins were added to the batter to add a little burst of sweetness in every few bites.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Luscious sugar-free desserts! Yum! Dec 24 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sugar-free desserts (no refined sugars, honey, molasses, or artificial sugar substitutes)---sweetened with fruit and fruit juices.

Cakes, cookies, pies, custards and much more!

If you've been desiring a way to ease your "sugar-addicted" family into a healthier eating pattern, Karen Barkie's book could be just what you've been looking for!

~Debi

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