I met Julianne Bayer at a BlogHer Food conference several years ago. I didn’t know many people there. She was attending with her mom and she reached out to me as a fellow baker. She was totally approachable and fun to be around. Later, she was one of my Pinterest Explorers and was even awarded Outstanding Explorer. I knew she was talented, but I didn’t know that she would write a book (selling over 4,000 copies in six minutes on QVC), making my conference connection a brush with fame!
The book that I’m referring to is No-Bake Treats! This is a book that should be in everyone’s baking library for the summer! It includes chapters on no-bake cheesecakes, pies, layered desserts, tarts, cookies, and icebox cakes. Of course, it also includes ice cream, puddings, and parfaits! Every single recipe has a full-page photo and they are all gorgeous!
In selecting the first recipe to try from her book (which was a REALLY hard task, since they all sound fabulous), I must admit that I cheated a little. I really wanted to try to her oatmeal pie ice cream bars, but I didn’t want to use store-bought oatmeal cream pies. So, I cheated and baked some oatmeal cream pies with chocolate chips and vanilla bean filling. Julianne, please don’t be upset that I baked something in my review of your no-bake book! Readers, feel free to buy the oatmeal cream pies and skip the baking if you want.
I also changed the name of her recipe in my post. Given the high ratio of cream cheese to heavy whipping cream in her ice cream bar recipe, I felt that it earned the prestigious title of frozen cheesecake. The texture is creamy and very dense.
The semantic change is in no way meant to undermine the greatness of this recipe. These popsicles with bits of oatmeal cream pie throughout are totally decadent showstoppers. They are so rich that they should probably be cut into smaller bars (as Julianne suggests doing for parties), but you’d just end up having two or three anyway!
Make these popsicles while we are still in the heat of the summer and then grab the book and try all of Julianne’s other creations!