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Bake [Hardcover]

Rachel Allen
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Book Description

6 Oct 2008

Your best friend in the kitchen and bestselling author, Rachel Allen, is back with a collection of delicious and easy cakes and bakes, tarts and pies, quiches and casseroles from her brand new TV series.

What could be better than the smell of freshly baked bread or the joy of eating warm cookies straight from the oven? Do you pine for the pleasures of gingerbread houses and holiday delights or the warming goodness of home baked casseroles?

These are just some of the treats that await in Bake, which ties in with Rachel’s brand new TV series. She shares both the sweet and the savoury sides of baking, whether quick snacks, wholesome breads and pies, exotic cakes and tarts or easy baked meals for friends and family.

Fully illustrated with beautiful food photography including step-by-steps to take the mystery out of traditional baking and pastry making. Rachel also offers troubleshooting techniques for common problems and wheat or gluten-free recipes so nobody is left out of the fun!

Rachel’s friendly and expert tuition make this easy-to-use book the best friend to every home baker.

Recipes include:

• Cardamon bread
• Crispy bacon and cheddar bread
• Cheese straws and pretzels
• Pork, chorizo and spinach pie
• Beef pasties with mint, ginger and peas
• Baked cheese fondue in a squash
• Seville orange meringue pie
• Cornish saffron bread
• Lime and yoghurt cake with rosewater and pistachios

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 6 Oct 2008 edition (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007259700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007259700
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and at the age of eighteen left to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School. Today, she not only teaches at the school, she also writes regular features for national publications, presents highly acclaimed television programmes which have been broadcast internationally and in her spare time authors bestselling cookery books.

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"The book I've taken to most this season is by the Irish Nigella(except prettier, blonde and a better cook),Rachel Allen.Her BAKE is simply and engagingly written: one irresistible thing after another."Melanie McDonagh,Evening Standard

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300 of 303 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great From Rachel Allen 10 Oct 2008
By Hayley Nichols VINE VOICE
This is a great book, I now have three of Rachel's books and this is by far my favourite. In response to the previous review, this book does have some casseroles (lemon and garlic chicken), maybe not all in the traditional slow cooked meat and veg sense but there are other great baked meals such as sausage and bean bake, cottage pie, lasagne and mediterranean pasta bake. I think it was a bit unfair to give the book 1 star based on the fact that it has no casseroles, especially as quite obviously that is not what the book is solely about. For casseroles and stews I would recommend Sophie Conran's Soups and Stews

There are a wide variety of baked goodies in this book; tarts, pies, quiches, breads, cakes, biscuits and also jams. There is also a glossary and a bit at the back giving you a step by step guide (with pictures) to making different types of pastry, bread, a sponge and meringue. There are also several ideas for icing (cream cheese, butter, vanilla buttercream, american frosting & glace) and sauces (bechamel, toffee, coffee, raspberry, blueberry & apple) as well as how to make your own crystallised flowers, marzipan, chocolate curls and candied peel.

I have cooked many recipes from this book already (I've only had it a few weeks!), the carrot cake is by far the best I have ever tasted. The only fault that I can give for this book is that there are too many yummy recipes and I don't have enough time to make them all! I can't recommend this book enough!
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't help but loving this book! 25 Oct 2008
If you only buy one baking book this winter - buy this one!
The book includes cakes, bread and oven-cooked dinners - frankly, it has everything you need regarding baking, and is very useful whether you are a keen baker or a debutante.
It has lots of basic recipes and techniques, and tips on which equipment you will need to succeed on baking (and don't worry, RA doesn't try to impose gadgets on you that you don't need!), and helpfully tells you which baking-tin you need in each recipe - unfortunately something not all bakery-writers can be bothered to do, but is rather crucial.
RA writes with a natural authority and humour - she clearly knows what she is doing without being overly strict - tells you how and if you can alter the recipes to suit your needs, but also what you must be aware of.

One minor critisism - pretty as RA is, I would have liked a few more pictures of the dishes/cakes and a fewer of the author. Pictures are very helpful, especially for the less experienced baker, so please consider this in a second edition!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the book I needed 19 Mar 2009
I picked this up entirely randomly a couple of weeks ago, and I'm so glad I did. I've only tried a few of the recipes so far, but they've all tasted fabulous - the small pecan nut cookie "clouds", the iced orange cake, the lemon and garlic chicken, and the mediterranean pasta bake. The icing and sauces section at the back looks like it will be incredibly useful, and I also appreciate the inclusion of the tin/dish size for each recipe - take note of this, because I used too large a tin for the orange cake and while it still tasted great, it was a little on the flat side... Looking forward to trying plenty more cake recipes, and also making bread for the first time using this book. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
'In this cookbook, to accompany the TV series of the same name, Rachel once again offers the delicious non-patronising and easy-to-follow recipes for which she has become famous.

From the introduction:

'Baking has always been one of my greatest joys. I have such happy memories of my sister and I when we were little standing on kitchen chairs so that we could help Mum make biscuits or buns for the family. Even today, the wonderful warm aromas of baking bread, cakes or cookies always transports me back to those times.......
There is no mystery to baking, baking is a simple science which is precisely why it is so is really just the right ingredients in the right quantities!
I have chosen my favourite baking recipes in this collection to give you a wide range of delicious treats and meals that can be baked in your oven.....there are also many special recipes for those once-in-a-while occasions and celebrations.
If you can master a set of weighing scales, then you have all the skills you need to what are you waiting for?
Get that pinny on and start baking!'

'Bake' encourages just that, with clear and simply laid out recipes with an upper case title, quantity made, a descriptive sentence or two, the list of ingredients and the numbered method and any variations, tips or serving ideas.

Durable board covers open to 288 high quality matt pages, split over main chapters:

1. Sweet mouthfuls
2. Cakes
3. Puddings
4. Breads and savoury bites
5. Tarts and pies
6. Breakfast and patisserie
7. Baked meals
8. Holiday and celebration
9. Basic recipes and techniques, which includes equipment

sandwiched between an introduction and a glossary.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book for beginner and enthusiast alike 31 Dec 2008
I'm an enthusastic baker and collect cookbooks in general and baking books in particular so my mum bought me this for Christmas. In the single week that I've had it I've already made 2 of her recipes - the bacon and blue cheese empanadillas to use up Xmas leftovers and also made the wonderfully crunchy, indulgent, but not too rich chocolate and coconut bars. This is my first Rachel Allen cook book but won't be my last. The recipes are simple, well written and can get anyone baking. If you can read you can bake. The glossary is fabulous and exceptionally useful and her writing style is warm and inviting. I recommend this book to one and all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It needs photos of the food!
As others have said, there is a distinct lack of photographs of the finished product with the recipes in this book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 19 days ago by mrs j hickey
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recipes
Lovely book, great recipes, and I got it signed by her so all the more better
Published 22 days ago by Zed
5.0 out of 5 stars received, many thanks ++++:
received, many thanks ++++ :-)
Published 1 month ago by mandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not impressed would not recomend it
Published 1 month ago by Sonia Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super book and clear instructions.
Published 1 month ago by Ms. M. E. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
As per usual, great book and recipes.
Published 2 months ago by Daisydeedee
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, easy to follow recipes
I love Rachel's books, even complicated recipes are clear and easy to follow. My only gripe is that I'm someone who loves to see a picture of how my version should look and not all... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Devilspetkitten
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum yum
Some delicious recipes in this book. Still loads to try, but looking forward to it. Nice range of food, cakes, breads, etc
Published 2 months ago by Vicky Kasimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you watched the series and enjoyed it, this book is a must. Excellent recipes, although i would prefer pictures of every dish. Still very happy with this book.
Published 2 months ago by D'armo
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