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Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day

One of the hardest things about bread-making – especially with artisanal breads that involve multiple slow rises – is the timing. The recipes are stretched out over many, many hours and I’ve heard of people waking up at all hours of the night just to feed their starters, knead down a first rise or get a loaf into the oven. To be honest, hearing stories ... Read More »

Baking Artisan Pastries and Breads

Baking Artisan Pastries and Breads

There are a number of good books about baking artisinal breads out there, but Baking Artisan Pastries and Breads is one that is focused on pastries – breakfast pastries, to be specific – and not the same peasant breads and baguettes that you’ll find in other artisan baking books. It’s great to have a book that is more specialized and doesn’t devote only a couple ... Read More »

Cake Keeper Cakes

I first read the title of this book to be “keeper cakes” not “cake keeper cakes,” and while it was my first impression of the title that drew me to it, the overall message is the same. Cake Keeper Cakes is a book about cakes that are simple but delicious, and are the types of recipes that you not only want to make over again, ... Read More »

The Whimsical Bakehouse

The Whimsical Bakehouse

Sometimes, you’ll look at a cake and just say “wow.” And I’m talking about the good kind of “wow,” not the kind that is uttered when perusing Cake Wrecks. I’m talking about the kinds of cakes that might make you stop in a bakery window and stare, and these are the kinds of cakes that The Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as ... Read More »

Baking with Agave Nectar

I am often asked questions about using sugar alternatives in baking, or how to eliminate the sugar from a recipe. I think that it is much easier to start out with a recipe that is closer to what you want, rather than try to take a “regular” recipe and convert it using various substitutions (often with less-than-perfect results) and maintain the original texture and flavor ... Read More »

Donuts: An American Passion

Unless I’m standing in a donut shop staring into a pastry case, I don’t think all that much about donuts. But some people do. Donuts are not just a brief pitstop of the mind, but a destination. The analogy might seem a bit silly, but companies like Dunkin’ Donuts are extremely popular for a reason and that is because people love their donuts. Donuts: An ... Read More »

Great Cookies: Secrets to Sensational Sweets

Great Cookies: Secrets to Sensational Sweets

There is, almost literally, a cookie out there for everyone. From casually thrown together drop cookies to carefully rolled out, cut out and frosted cookies, you can find a cookie recipe to suit every level of baking skill, every available time frame and every taste. This is why cookies are so popular, and it is also why there are so many cookie cookbooks out there. ... Read More »

You Made That Dessert?

You Made That Dessert?

There is no shortage of cookbooks that fall into the “baking is easy” genre. They range in type from books that tell you how to doctor up a cake mix to those that will walk you through the step-by-step process of how to bake and decorate a wedding cake. You Made That Dessert? fits into this category of cookbook, falling neatly right into the middle ... Read More »

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