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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blog Tour Review: One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock


Hey everyone! I’m happy to have received a copy of One Dirty Bowl by Christina Dymock to review as part of the One Dirty Bowl Blog Tour. 

You can follow the tour on The Hungry Family Blog

Find Christina!


Front CoverQuick desserts and even quicker clean up mean more time with your family and friends, and less time in the kitchen. With One Dirty Bowl, whip up show-stopping desserts like Hazelnut Puffs, Peanut Butter Truffle Bars, and White Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes, Very Vanilla Brownies,Hazelnut Puffs, 3X Chocolate Cookies.

From Christina Dymock, author of Young Chefs and The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook, this cookbook will impress your guests and satisfy any craving. And these quick, tasty desserts only dirty one bowl, which means more time with your family and friends at the table.
Fast desserts, faster cleanup—grab a bowl and get ready to bake ~ Goodreads

~ Source: e–arc copy provided by Cedar Fort Publishing for my honest review

I love eating desserts. I do not love making desserts so I was excited to give this book a try. The emphasis on quick & easy with little clean up seemed right up my alley.

Chapters include:

~ Small & Scrumptious
~ Beautiful Brownies & Bars
~ Decadent Dessert Breads
~ Enticing Cookies
~ Divine Sweets
~ Charming Cakes, Cupcakes, Cobblers & Pies
~ Measurements & Equivalents

The layout for the book is beautiful. Clean, crisp, bright and easy to read with photos for most of the recipes.

The very first recipe in the book, Hazelnut Puffs, requires only 4 ingredients and no baking.  White Chocolate Cherry Delights was another no-bake, 3 ingredient treat.

20140813_160102I love quick breads, so I tested the Lemon Bread with Blueberry Streusel. It required a few more steps than some of the other recipes (still one bowl of course!) but I liked the idea of using fresh grated lemon zest and the seasonal blueberries that I had on hand. It didn’t seem to rise as high as the bread in the picture but otherwise it was easy and delicious. Personally, I would have doubled up on the streusel topping for more crunch, but that’s just me. I love my streusel toppings! lol I do plan on trying a few more treats in the future.

I do wish there weren’t so many processed ingredients. This book relies heavily on cake mixes, pre-made sauces, candy etc. and I’d prefer an emphasis on fresh but I can't deny that kids will love these treats because of that!

I think that’s also what makes this cookbook perfect for so many people though. For example. busy parents who need something quick for a school event or when you have to throw together a simple but elegant dessert for a last minute dinner party. And that’s where I think this cookbook really shines. It takes something like baking – which seems complicated – and makes it easy, fast and with beautiful results.

At the very least it won’t be as messy with only one dirty bowl!


  1. I was sold at Peanut Butter Truffle Bars! I'm actually good at making desserts, lol, but am always looking forward to quick and easy. But, I've been trying to get to recipes with fewer processed ingredients. But that's not going to happen with four ingredients and one bowl. Sigh....
    Thanks for the review!

    1. I don't do well with desserts because there's so much measuring and pans involved lol

      I think kids would really appreciate all the candy and goodies int here recipes - even if my thighs don't lol

    2. Ha -- that's exactly why I don't bake. I always leave out an ingredient or do the steps out of order and then everything gets messed up....

  2. OMG, you're killing me, Karen! I love desserts. I swear it's the reason why I can't loose weight because of my sweet tooth! This book is bad for me... and my knees, blood sugar... but oh so good for my taste buds. *decisions decisions*

    1. I bake - set half aside - then send the rest to work with my hubby lol

  3. That looks so good! I love quick and easy...sadly that does many times mean less fresh and natural.

    1. There are a few healthier, fresh desserts but yeah - most of the quick and easy comes from packaged foods. But it taste good lol

  4. LEMON AND BLUEBERRY STREUSEL! OMFG! My bread never rises nor looks the way it does in photos. Baking really is a science... :(

    1. Nothing I ever bake looks like the photo lol but as long as it taste good I don't care.

  5. OMG yummy!!! i agree with you about processed foods, but I suppose that does make the recipes easier, so it's a trade off....