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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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Product details

  • 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 (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,132 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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298 of 301 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
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Hardcover
'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 satisfying.......it 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 bake.......so 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
Format:Hardcover
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Good Baking thats not too difficult to do, she annoys me on the telly but I cant deny her recipes always work for me and turn out lovely.
Published 5 days ago by Tara Pettersen
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
easy concise instructions that one can follow and the recipes turn out like they do on telly
would strongly recommend thi book
Published 14 days ago by Mrs. Laura Laffan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!!
This is a great book. It has both sweet and savory- so easy to follow and really easy to turn out yummy dishes.
Published 1 month ago by busymumof5
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This came very soon after I ordered it and was in perfect condition. The packaging was neat and did its job- overall extremely satisfied.
Published 1 month ago by Eleanor
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
My friend had this book and I so wanted a copy of my own. Found it on here at a great price. Really happy with my purchase.
Would recommend to everyone.
Published 2 months ago by Sonechka
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book
Good book, with lots of recipes and really nieces photographs.
I really like it. Very nice and is a good acquisition.
Published 2 months ago by Maria Josefa
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I'm a huge fan of Rachel Allen and her recipes are a delight. Extremely pleased with this book. Great layout, recipes are easy to follow.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I saw this at a good price and took the opportunity t snap it up! Haven't used yet but am really looking forward to doing so
Published 2 months ago by Manjeet
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachael Allen bakes
Terrific book with great recipes, easy to follow and really delicious. Well written and lots of tips for variations on the recipe shown. Good pictures. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lindalesley
4.0 out of 5 stars Lip-Smackingly Tasy Recipes
This book contains numerous delightful recipes for amateur and enthusiastic bakers. I saw this selling at a reduced price and thought I'd purchase it as I have been on the lookout... Read more
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