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British Baking [Hardcover]

Oliver Peyton
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Book Description

17 Mar 2011

A book of unabashedly British baking by London's foremost bakers

The Fluffy Vanilla Fairy Cakes with Chocolate Fudge Icing take you straight back to childhood. Retro throwbacks like Fig Rolls and Jammy Dodgers are perfect for elevenses. And traditional teatime treats like Victoria Sponge and Treacle Tarts are given a mouth-watering modern makeover.

With over 120 recipes, British Baking is a must-have.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Square Peg; First Edition edition (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224086618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224086615
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Oliver Peyton is a pastry, pudding and dessert nut. No one better to do a baking book" (Prue Leith)

"This beautiful book should be in everyone's kitchen" (Heston Blumenthal)

"A gorgeous celebration of our baking heritage" (John Koski Mail on Sunday, You Magazine)

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A mouthwatering and must-have book of British treats by London's foremost bakers.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous deliciousness 21 Mar 2011
I'm a keen baker and I can't resist saying this book takes the biscuit. It has a huge range of recipes - biscuits you can take to the office, puddings you could do for a dinner party, and cakes for every occasion. Some of the recipes are dead simple and some are quite tricky - but everything I've attempted so far have been methodical and with a pleasingly good result. My favourite is Lemon Drizzle but I'd also highly recommend the brownies and - if you want impress someone - the chocolate marble cake with white chocolate icing.

Oh and I forgot to mention it's BEAUTIFUL!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The design of the book is very simple which works really well with the theme of traditional British baking. The instructions are easy to follow and all the ingredients can be found in the supermarket. I like that dried yeast is used in the dough recipes - certainly makes life easier.

There are photos for most of the recipes which are full-page and I think they're really great. There are nice big close ups and most of the photos are of slices or the whole dessert with a piece taken out so you can really see what the cake/tart/pies etc looks like inside. It's really useful when you're baking to compare your efforts to someone elses. It also makes it looks like everything must be delicious as there is a bit missing with crumbs around the edges of plates!

The book has a short 4 page technique and equipment section at the start which would be very useful for the novice baker. The book is then split into 10 chapters including Biscuits, Fruity Cakes, Breakfast Goods and A Cup of Tea and a Bun! I'm pretty sure everyone would find something to make from each chapter.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Baking 31 Mar 2011
I'll often pop into the Peyton and Byrne bakery at St Pancras on my way home from London and I have always said the cakes there - both the taste and the presentation are head and shoulders above your other trendy bakeries. I've been waiting for this book for a long time!
Peyton and Byrne is different because quite simply, its British. Unlike American style bakeries and cook books (which I also love by the way) the recipes are slightly more traditional and all about the quality/ ingredients. Its like the bero cook book for cool kids!!!!
The photos are gorgeous, as is the presentation of the whole book. I also really like how each recipe states how long the finished product will keep for.
My favourite feature of the book is that he refers to Fairy Cakes - not Cup Cakes - and having bought them and baked them, they taste and look totally delicious.
Buy the book, you wont be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 29 Oct 2011
By Sally
This book is just what I wanted! Good British Baking at it's best. Nothing I've made has failed yet! I've made the Bakewell Tart several times and entered it for the local allotment show -using home made jam and fruit from the allotment. I won 2nd prize - not bad for a novice!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is my favourite recent cookbook and one I'm glad I bought.

It's designed gorgeously as some of the other reviewers have said - simple and not fussy, with inducingly mouthwatering super-duper photos of the recipes. About 90% of the recipes have accompanying pictures, which is a huge plus for me.

Chapters are; Techniques and Equipment, Biscuits, Cakes, Fairy Cakes and icings (huzzah - a return to Fairy cakes!), Fruity cakes, Tarts and pies, puddings, Breakfast goods, A cup of tea and a bun, Special Occasions, and Basics. Basics covers meringues and a few pastry recipes, plus things to cook and prep that accompany baked recipes, like lemon curd, brandy butter and a new one for me, pastry cream.

There's a superb range of recipes here. Most of them are the classics that you've probably either done before or want to have a go at like Bramley apple pie, eccles cakes, and a Victoria sponge, to things that you may not have heard of, like Cornish saffron cake, and poor knights of Windsor (an adult eggy bread with some alcohol), and recipes that should impress anyone - the carrot cake with honey cream cheese icing, and the marshmallow teacakes (never seen that in a recipe book before) to name just two. I've also noticed that these recipes aren't overloaded with fat and sugar, in the way that Nigel Slater's cakes and deserts aren't either.

Each recipe has the prep and cooking times, as well as how long it keeps, and the instructions are clear and detailed. All very helpful.

I made the banana nut loaf and the buttermilk scones, both very good but the loaf was out of this world! Substantial and not sickly, it was like no other banana loaf I've made before. Don't know if it was the butternut milk used that made the difference but it was terrific.

A small criticism is that at the back I would have liked a list of stockists but apart from that, this book is just magnificent.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid baking book 19 April 2011
This is what it should be - a good, sound baking book (that also happens to be beautifully packaged) with recipes that are clear and give reasons for why some steps need to be taken. The meringue recipe (in which you are instructed to warm the sugar to achieve a satin-like finish) is terrific.
It's full of recipes for classics and, after trying several of them, I feel confident that this is a book of recipes that work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not in use. 26 April 2013
I would not recommend this book. It is attractive to look at but the recipes do not match up to my expectations. I cook professionally for a cafe/resturant and not one of the recipes I have tried so far bake as the instructions. One of many problems is that recipes need longer cooking time than the instructions, when all the other recipes I use don't. I can only assume that the recipes are cut down from the very large scale that their bakery makes and I wonder if they have ever been tried in smaller quantities. The book is now on it's way to a charity shop with a covering note!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
I knew of Oliver Peyton from TV - that didn't really make me want to buy the book- however the subject matter was one that was close to my heart
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Published 8 days ago by S. Vijayanathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for male cake baker.
Superb book and part of a leaving gift for work colleague. Very efficiently provided at a good price. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you could possibly want
The short version review: don't bother reading any further. Just buy it.

The long version review: I picked this up in Waterstone's on a whim - a genuine impulse... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eoghan O'Neill
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I bought this a while back after visiting the cafe at St Pancras station. I have baked a few things from it and agree that the timings are well out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by susan page
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as described, very disappointed
The book arrived promptly and well packaged however the book had a nasty mark on the cover so could not be given as a gift. Not as described, very disappointed.
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for lovers of baking
Really wonderful and luscious recipes, nothing too complicated or difficult in terms of ingredients or techniques and the food photography is gorgeous too.
Published 6 months ago by Ms C Rastan
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
this is a book full of more traditional british recipes,nice photos and clear instructions.
Like other people I wanted a recipe book where the recipes contained less sugar,I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jeanette herron
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect baking book
Contains everything you would ever need for British baking, quite traditional, very easy to follow recipes that come out well every time and are made using ingredients you can buy!
Published 8 months ago by Katy Micklewright
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear recipes, accurate measurements, tasty results.
I think this well-presented book contains a wealth of recipes that are clearly described, contain accurate measurements (but see one note below) and deliver delicious cakes and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tony Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this for Mrs C. She loves it. Lots of the other recent baking books are a bit too cupcake heavy (which we didn't want) or had too many bread recipes (which is adequately... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Toby C
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