Sugar High: 50 Recipes for Cannabis Desserts

Simon Element. Feb. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781982185640. $22.99. COOKING
Pot brownies are the classic cannabis edible, but with the increasing availability of legal (and potent) cannabis and a growing understanding of the health benefits of cannabis, home cooks may be looking for fresh options. Enter Sayegh, whose business, the Herbal Chef, specializes in gourmet cannabis-based cuisine. Sayegh carefully explains the process of calculating dosage, encouraging cooks new to the ingredient to take it easy, then follows up with recipes for cannabis-infused oil and butter, plus a cannabis tincture that can be added to the recipes. In each offering, green text indicates where the desired dose of cannabis should be added. This clever approach allows the recipes to be customized—or prepared without cannabis—as desired. The recipes range from standard crowd-pleasers such as sugar cookies, lemon bars, and tiramisu to more adventurous treats like hemp oil cake with hazelnut ganache. And yes, there’s a recipe for brownies, but these super-fudgy goodies (made with cannabutter) give the classic stoner treat a decidedly gourmet twist.
VERDICT Sayegh’s thoughtful approach to cannabis edibles, combined with the wide variety of delicious desserts, makes this an excellent choice for home cooks interested in incorporating cannabis into sweet treats.
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