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Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking [Kindle Edition]

Linda Collister
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bake your way through the much-loved BBC1 series with this beautiful, fully photographic cookbook of 120 original recipes, including those from both the judges and the bakers.

This book is for every baker – whether you want to whip up a quick batch of easy biscuits at the very last minute or you want to spend your time making a breathtaking showstopper, there are recipes and decoration options for creating both. Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques there are reliable recipes for biscuits, traybakes, bread, large and small cakes, sweet pastry and patisserie, savoury pastry, puddings and desserts.

Each chapter transports you on set and showcases the best recipes from the challenges including Mary and Paul's Signature Bakes, Technical Challenges and Showstoppers, plus the best bakers' recipes from the show.

There are step-by-step photographs to help guide you through the more complicated techniques and stunning photography throughout, making this the perfect gift for all bakers and Bake Off fans.

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Book Description

The brand-new official tie-in to the hit BBC1 series. 120 original and delicious bakes including Mary Berry's and Paul Hollywood's recipes, plus the very best from the contestants.

About the Author

Linda Collister knows how to bake - she trained at L'Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris and Le Cordon Bleu in London, and is the author of The Great British Bake Off: Everyday (recipes that you can turn to with confidence), The Great British Bake Off: How to Bake (the perfect book for beginner bakers), How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers (simple, clever baking to impress) and Learn to Bake (easy baking for kids).

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By The Renaissance Girl TOP 500 REVIEWER
People buy the GGBO books for a variety of reasons. There are profiles of the bakers featured in the 2014 competition, some of their specialist bakes, and usually the technical challenges. I noticed that a couple of the technical challenges weren't included, so to make doubly sure you get what you want, I've listed them all here.

The technical challenges for each week of the 2014 GGBO are:

Cake: cherry cake
Biscuits: Florentines
Bread: ciabatta
Desserts: tiramisu cake
Pies and tarts: mini pear pies (not included)
European cakes: dobbos torte
Pastry: Breton kouign amann
Advanced dough: Croation povatica
Patisserie: German schichttorte (not included)
Final: perfect sponge, caramel, choux pastry as petit four

The book is broken down into:

A baker's guide
Biscuits and tray-bakes (pecan shorties; Enwezor's pumpkin and sunflower biscuits; fudge brownies...)
Breads (cheddar and mustard loaf; Irish brace; Jordan's rye and spelt load; banana bread...)
Cakes (Martha's dark chocolate and almond liquor savarin; Claire's miniature chocolate & cherry cakes...)
Sweet pastry and patisserie (choux caramel puffs; snowball meringues, Kate's rhubarb & custard tart with almond...)
Savoury bakes (salmon coublibiac; port and redcurrant charlotte; little crab soufflés; tapenade twists...)
Puddings and desserts (hot white chocolate sponge puddings; Richard's Black Forest chocolate fondants...)

It's not the best book in the series, but if you're a committed GBBO fan, there are enough of the challenges, and enough of the signature dishes to make it worth your while.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 10 Oct. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There are some great recipes in here and I love the "spoon" difficulty rating system that helps prepare me for the difficulty of the task. Only improvement I would have recommend is give more recipes from contestants. There only seemed to be one recipe from each, but I would have loved to try more of the signature recipes that the contestants put together on the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, with lovely photographs 23 Oct. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Have been watching the bake off for years now but first time that I've bought one of their books. My daughter who's a keen baker sent me her Amazon wish list email and this was top of the list! So it's being wrapped as a gift, although I wish we could start baking from it right now as I'm keen to try some of the dessert baking with my daughter! Beautiful book, with lovely photographs, although some reviews had said the book doesn't include everything, I think the book includes enough for anyone to spend the next year baking through the book, which I hope my daughter and I will be able to do!
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By Shona
I wouldn't bother buying the kindle edition. Titles are on wrong pages, photos don't match the titles. Not impressed. They have some big problems.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By JustMoi
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I like this book but don't love it......there are some good recipes which I am sure to try but not sure this is a book I will use over and over again. It does however provide some ideas and has a few lovely bakes that I would like to tr
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic But Not Inclusive 24 Mar. 2015
My daughter, 5 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed the Great British Bake Off series so much. We watched every week, and my granddaughter said she would like to be a taster. Chetna responded to one of my tweets, and my granddaughter was ecstatic. I purchased this Big Book of Baking to share with them. My daughter loves to bake, and she will probably use some of these recipes.

The blatant negative is that this cookbook does not have a conversion chart for measurements. That is a really big NO, NO, if you want to sell this book in the US.

This is a big cookbook. 319 pages. It is separated into 8 chapters and an index. Inserted into these chapters is a bio of the bakers who were competing for the big prize in 2014. They were asked several questions, so it was fun to see their answers, to get to know them a little more. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are mentioned, and their recipes are in the book, but no interview with them. That was a disappointment.

This starts with an Introduction, but it was slim pickings, and not enough information by far. Onto a Baker's Guide, definition of terms, and suggestions on how to bake certain items. This is four pages of useful information. Biscuits and Traybakes follows, Breads, Cakes, Sweet Pastry and Patisserie, Savoury Bakes, and Puddings and Desserts. Missing were the contestants technical bakes, and the supreme winners. There were many photos, but not every baked product had a photo. One of the cakes I was most interested in, had no photo.

All in all I found this cookbook to be wanting. It included basics, but I wonder if it was put together quickly. I wanted more info about the contestants, and judges. Technical challenges and the big winners were missing, and that was a big miss.

Recommended. prisrob 03-24-15
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version not worth purchasing 1 Oct. 2014
By Martyna
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kindle version isn't worth money. Better buy printed book. The titles don't match recipes, titles are on separate pages than recipes, pictures don't represent recipes they follow. Huge disappointment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have made scones from this book, the ingredients same 50gr of caster sugar but when you read through the method it does not tell you at what point to put the caster sugar in. This was not a cheap book I bought it as I liked the program on tv.
I am very disappointed in this book and had I found this fault before using the book I would have returned it. Your proof reads need a lesson in reading. If the job is worth doing its worth doing well.
I would not recommend this book to anyone .
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