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Baked in America: The generous art of brownies, cupcakes, whoopies, muffins and more: The Generous Art of American Baking - Brownies, Cupcakes, Muffins and More [Hardcover]

David Muniz , David Lesniak
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Book Description

4 Aug 2011

When it comes to baking, Americans clearly know a thing or two. Whether it's gooey chocolate brownies, perfectly iced cupcakes or chunky chocolate chip cookies, American baking is everywhere, and we love it.

Baked in America is a bumper-sized celebration of American baking. From their London bakery, Outsider Tart, Americans David Muniz and David Lesniak are spearheading a welcome revival of the humble home-baked American cake (and brownie, and muffin and cookie!) and introducing us to a whole load of newcomers along the way. Their irresistible cookbook contains over 120 American recipes ranging from classic favourites such as juicy blueberry muffins, chocolate and walnut brownies and peanut butter cookies to a strawberry meringue torte, white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes, red velvet cheesecake and an outstanding array of whoopie pies.

With full colour photography throughout and a stunning design this cookery book will be every baker's dream. Resistance will be futile.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091940966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940966
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"cake nirvana" (Stylist)

"the best apple pie Stella has ever tasted" (Stella)

"Discover the joy that is...Outsider Tart" (Independent)

"The book is really wonderful and the love of their craft truly shows through in the writing. The recipes themselves are innovative, impressive and uncompromisingly decadent." (The Irish Mail on Sunday)

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Over 120 decadent American bake recipes, from the bakery that spawned the hot baking trend, the whoopie pie

Customer Reviews

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I love American baking for 2 main reasons. The generous portion sizes and the fact that you just want to attack them with any eating implement you have to hand (fingers are a personal favourite!)The Outsider Tart guide to all sweet things American and utterly awesome does not disappoint. So far I have made a total of 4 things (since I purchased my copy all of 2 days ago and I physically had to stop myself heading to the oven to produce more). The recipes are clear, easy to follow and what's more they are incredibly fun. As an enthusiast and keen tester of baked goods, of books I have purchased recently it was nice for this one to actually put the FUN back into baking. (The fact that it contains not one but THREE forms of measurements means there is not one element of effort I have to waste).

As for the rest of the book, there is chapter upon chapter of sweet delights ranging all the way from brownies and bars (the way they were always meant to be) to whoopie pies (I would attach a picture if mine lasted that long) all the way to frostings and free spirits, a chapter dedicated to the baker who is not satisfied with a mere triple layer chocolate cake but wants to go all the way to 6 to satisfy their chocoaholic cravings in the form of the 'blackout cake'.

The photos look as scrumptious as the cakes themselves and the stories accompanying each and every treat shows what a huge amount of heart and personality goes into each and every one. This book is welcome holiday to what wholesome American baking should always be. 'Baking in America' has a very welcome place in this Brit's kitchen (and every single one of my friends and family's Christmas stocking).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing 11 Aug 2011
I'm an American who has lived abroad for ten years. I came with a lot of US recipes, but I adore this cookbook. The Outsider Tart recipes work with British ingredients in a way a lot of my home ones don't - the texture and crumb of everything I've made so far feel extraordinarily American. It's an amazing cookbook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outsider Tart's Inner Secrets 23 Aug 2011
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The two Davids have been baking mouth-watering cakes at their Outsider Tart bakery in London for the last couple of years. Having tried as many as we could (great carrot cake!), there was no choice but to order this book hot off the press. Every chapter begins with a fascinating introduction that includes anecdotes, inspiration and tips charting how the Davids made it to where they are today. Each recipe is accompanied by its own special story, some great hints on how to get the best results and are often cheeky and humorous making you feel as though the Davids are in the kitchen with you. They are all there - layer cakes, whoopie pies, cupcakes, brownies and more including their iconic Hepburn Brownies. You have a choice with this wonderful cookbook - read it as a book, drool over the photos or make the recipes! Forget the calories and enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Sensible Cat VINE VOICE
I came across the two Daves (who between them make up Outsider Tart) at an outdoor food market on the South Bank. I had an hour to kill and wandered over to check out their offerings to accompany a cup of coffee. I chose one of their Mile High Brownies and it was a revalation - oozing with rich, fudgy delight - in fact, I ended up saving some of it to finish later.

After that, I just had to know more, so I went back and asked them how they did it. The great thing about this book, for us Brits, is that it takes all the guesswork out of American baking. They've done it for us - no more cups of flour and sticks of butter to worry about. Every little tweak has been taken care of and suddenly the glories of real brownies, cookies, whoopee pies and Amish-style breads are within our reach.

You could just buy this book to savour the wonderful illustrations and enjoy the Daves' easy conversational style, and it would still be money well spent. But the real proof is, as the saying says, in the pudding - and they demystify everything, explaining when it's vital to do exactly what they say and (more frequently) when a little creative license is acceptable. If this gorgeous collection doesn't get you cooking, nothing will - you will be whipping up Shoofly Pies and Red Velvet Whoopees in next to no time. Buy it and add a whole new dimension to your home baking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baked 21 Jun 2012
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As a home baker I can't rate this book high enough . So much happy baking time ahead ! Highly recommend .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum 15 Mar 2012
By Nicola
Just tried my first recipe from this book after receiving it as a Christmas gift, I shouldn't have waited so long.
The snickers brownies are amazingly addictive. I took some to work and so many comments on how they taste just like their namesake, even without a snickers bar in the recipe. I did find I had to bake them for longer than stated, though this may just be my oven. The pictures in the book are stunning, although it is a shame not every recipe has its own photo, but thats me just being picky.
The only difficulty is choosing what to bake next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the Hepburn Brownies alone 13 Nov 2011
I'm an American who's been living in the UK for 3 years, and I've had a lot of fake, cakey so-called "American Brownies" - great to get a cookbook that explains that to be American they must be gooey and fudgy. The Hepburn brownie recipe makes some of the most interesting ones I've ever had - it uses lots of cocoa and includes a bit of cinnamon and coffee that you can't pick out in the final product but that give it a lovely rich flavour and enhance the chocolate. You can only come up with a recipe like that from tons of practice. I tweeted the authors a question and they were very helpful, and I learned that I should use caster sugar (US terminology is different and the book helpfully explains how to speak British in baking). Going to have a Hepburn now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic recipes .
What a great read .
I've baked several things out of this with great results .
The Snickers Brownies nearly got the best of me , totally my own fault though , make sure... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Trinity79
3.0 out of 5 stars elmhurst92
I was disappointed with this . I think this was partly due to the hype,about this in the media . Not enough pictures of the products . I wonder if the printed version is better
Published 2 months ago by Ruki
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab recipes
A gift so not used it personally but the person it was bought for says it is amazing....fab recipes !!!
Published 2 months ago by Elle Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Book
Beautiful book. Full of photographs and recipes are easy to understand. The cakes are very big cakes though so you might need more tins. The Brooklyn Blackout Cake is to die for.
Published 3 months ago by irish reader
5.0 out of 5 stars American gluttony
The writers of this book are just hilarious in their ongoing narrative.

The recipes and background stories will make your mouths water. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jane Rushe
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring and lack of photos,
Uninspiring and lack of photos, even the lovely photo on the front cover is missing inside the book - what a shame and disappointment.
Published 8 months ago by bette
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CAKES
If you like baking you will like this book!!! I love the fact they have measurements in metrics as well. Great pictures, great cakes!!! I would recommened
Published 8 months ago by Jana
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Disappointed
I visited Outsider tart last week and was wowed by their incredible brownies and other baked goods, so I bought the book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Selly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cakes everytime!!!
Fab book and fab recipes!! An absolute joy to read!! I have made about four the recipes and all have been fantastic to bake.
Published 9 months ago by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy yet simple
I've developed a habit of collecting cook books but I have used this the most. All that I have made has been successful first time and I am a relative beginner when it comes to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vicky
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