Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: DK Step-by-Step Baking - National Baking Week 17-23rd October 2011

We are all inspired to bake by programmes such as The Great British Bake Off. The technical challenge put fear into the contestants as they tried to successfully bake blind, roll a roulade and make biscotti. This book gives clear step-by-step instructions and photographs showing how to learn new skills and to improve upon those skills already learnt. This is a book for the novice baker through to the experienced.

Christmas will soon be upon us and there are lots of Christmas baking ideas including Beef Wellington, Individual Pork Pies, Panettone, Chocolate Log, Apple Jalousie, Stollen, Plum Pudding, Rich Fruit Cake and more!

There are 350 baking recipes for every occasion and a huge range of sweet and savoury classics, including quiches, pies, breads, cakes, cookies and decadent party desserts. Step-by-Step Baking is the ultimate baking bible no baker should be without and will enable the novice cook to produce delicious dishes with great results every time.

With this book you can confidently make croissants, puff pastry, strudel, pasta, ciabatta bread, pretzels and more, because you will be guided through every stage of the cooking process.

I have a collection of baking books, but this is the best baking book on my bookshelf and I would highly recommend it. The photography is clear, the recipes are straightforward and precise, we are told about special equipment needed, symbols to show how many baked items you will produce, mixing time, length of time in the oven and if it will freeze. There are also variations for recipes, I made Spiced Carrot Cake and there are recipes for Carrot Cake, Quick Carrot Cake and Courgette Cake.

As well as classic recipes, both sweet and savoury, there are modern recipes including Strawberries and Cream Macarons, Chocolate Fudge Cake Balls, Brownies, Whoopie Pies, Individual Pork Pies, Naan and Focaccia.

If you click on the link below you will be able to see inside the book.
Step-by-Step Baking, Caroline Bretherton, DK, £25, dk.com

Thank you Sophia.

2 comments:

Kath said...

I always find DK books really easy to use and this one seems to be no exception. It looks like a good buy. Great review Margaret.

Gloria said...

what amazing book! Great review! gloria

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