While you can incorporate just about any flavor into a dessert, some appear more than others. These flavors are popular because they are so delicious and remain popular because there are so many ways to enjoy them. In Baked Elements: The Importance of Being Baked in 10 Favorite Ingredients, the bakers behind NYC’s popular Baked bakery, celebrate 10 of their favorite ingredients: Peanut Butter, Lemon & Lime, Caramel, Booze, Pumpkin, Malted Milk Powder, Cinnamon, Cheese, Chocolate and Banana. The vast majority of the recipes are sweet, with just enough savory recipes in the Cheese chapter to get you from one dessert to the next.
There are about a half dozen recipes in each chapter. The Peanut Butter chapter, of course, includes homemade peanut butter and the caramel chapter includes homemade caramel recipes, in addition to the recipes for other desserts. The recipes are very clearly written and, though they feature specific flavors and make them the star of the recipe, they are straightforward and easy to make, meaning that you can easily incorporate them into your regular baking routine. There are plenty of full color photos that give you a peek at what the finished recipes look like, as well. The odds are good that you’re going to be a fan of all of the flavors included (at least most of them!) and the way the book is organized makes it easy to bake your way through all of the recipes that feature a particular flavor.
The only problem with this book is that it might be difficult to decide where to start when you are ready to begin baking. The Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones from the peanut butter chapter sound like a great way to start the day, but I have no problem digging into a slice of Vanilla Bean Malt Cake with my coffee in the morning, either.