Everyone wants to be able to bake from scratch, but many don’t because of the time required to do so. It can seem like a daunting task when a recipe has instructions that are two pages long. Even people who bake a lot appreciate a recipe that can be mixed up and put into the oven in just a few minutes. One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Dessert is a book that streamlines the baking process and makes sure all of the steps for each of its over 100 recipes happen in just one bowl.
The book includes a wide variety of recipe types, from muffins and scones to cakes to cheesecakes and tarts. It might surprise you that some of those recipes can be mixed up in just one bowl – and without the use of large appliances like a food processor or stand mixer – but they all can be! Each chapter starts with baking tips that are specific to that type of recipe. For instance, you don’t need to worry too much about overmixing a cookie dough, but you need to be careful not to overmix muffin batter since it can easily toughen up. Since all the recipes in the book are mixed by hand, you need to pay attention to these little tips to get the best results. The recipes themselves are all easy to read and follow, made with ingredients that fit the theme of the book and are things that you can easily find at a local grocery store.
The book is filled with beautiful photographs, which accompany almost every recipe. The photographs can be a little reassuring to bakers who might doubt that you can actually make all these recipes in one bowl (or one pan, in a few cases), but they show that the finished products look amazing and you would never know that they took so little time to put together. The book is really a fun one for any baker to have on the shelf, but it is especially good if you find yourself pressed for time when entertaining and want to have a go-to recipe source that will allow you to get a from-scratch dessert on the table in less time than it takes you to mix up and bake a cake mix.
Holiday Baker ManSeptember 24, 2013