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The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook [Hardcover]

Tarek Malouf
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Book Description

15 April 2009
The Hummingbird Bakery is the destination bakery for Londoners with a passion for great cakes. In this irresistible book, the chefs from the bakery share their recipes for a delicious range of 60 bakes, from deliciously light cupcakes with pretty buttercream frosting to moist chocolate layer cakes and zesty lemon meringue pie. Hummingbird recipes not only taste great but also look spectacular - without resorting to fussy recipes and hours in the kitchen. The chapters include Cupcakes, Cakes (including loaf, layer, ring and cheesecakes), Pies, Brownies and Bars, Muffins and Cookies.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd (15 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845978307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845978303
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (554 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tarek Malouf grew up in London and attended The American School in London's St John's Wood. It was there that he was introduced to, and grew to love, American desserts and cupcakes. After attending university in London and Los Angeles, he worked for ABC News (American Broadcasting) in their London bureau for several years. In 2002 he decided to leave journalism and started planning The Hummingbird Bakery. The Bakery has branches in Portobello Road in Notting Hill, Old Brompton Road in South Kensington, and Wardour Street in Soho. The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook is his first book. Visit The Hummingbird Bakery website at

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508 of 521 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DELICIOUS!!! 16 Mar 2009
By whipmeupsomecream VINE VOICE
I bought this at my local bookshop a few days ago and I have since been on a baking frenzy!
Yes, there are indeed many good home-baking books out there. And yes, this does make you wonder exactly how many ways of making/icing a cupcake there can possibly be!!! But the Hummingbird bakery cookbook does fill a few gaps for those of us who are time pushed but want the satisfaction of making sweet treats ourselves.
The usual sections that one would expect apply: cupcakes, cakes, pies, brownies and bars, muffins and cookies. It's all packaged very beautifully with plenty of mouthwatering photographs.
On the face of it, there doesn't seem to be anything cutting-edge or new about it...but then it is about baking, not the latest feat in engineering. I like it because the recipes are easy to follow, simple, inspiring and above all, they taste great! Achieving those aspects alone in my opinion gives it 5 stars.
Inevitable comparisons are bound to be drawn between this and the Magnolia bakery book. After all, the author states that his inspiration came from the American style of baking. So I'll address this from the outset. I have both books and there are a couple of the same recipes in Hummingbird as there are in Magnolia. But that's it. What made me buy this book in particular (apart from being seduced by the stunning cover!!) is that the Hummingbird bakery makes THE most delicious cakes in London and I wanted to try and make mine taste as good!
Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes, green tea cupcakes, brooklyn blackout cake, blueberry cake, nutty apple loaf, mississippi mud pie, raspberry cheesecake brownie, carrot and courgette muffins. These are a few of the recipes in this book.
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140 of 149 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book with decent recipes 13 May 2009
By Pam

There have been a number of mixed reviews about this book - in fact, there're quite a few negative ones that almost put me off trying to make anything from the recipes. I really wanted to know if this book was worth anything so I decided to prove it to myself. I am a decent baker; that is to say, I taught myself to cook and bake on a regular basis (often with good success!) but have no real culinary skills or knowledge. However, I do spend enough time in the kitchen to notice that the methods for doing various things in this book is quite different from most recipes that are commonly used. For example, the methods for mixing the cake mixture in Vanilla Cupcakes provide that you first combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and a bit of milk in one bowl; and some eggs, milk and vanilla extract in the other. Once thoroughly incorporated, the book tells you to mix the two together. Now, most recipes would ask you to first beat the egg and sugar in one bowl, add the milk and vanilla, follow by the dry ingredients. But I decided to stick closely to the recipes provided - using whatever amount of ingredients (which may seem "ridiculous" to many people) that the book suggests, and have my fingers crossed. The results? Well, the cupcake recipes (vanilla, chocolate and the velvet cupcakes) that I've attempted so far have turned out pretty good! They're all very tasty and do not appear to be "dry" or "inedible" in any way. My guess is that for those of you who are rather experienced would question the validity of the recipes and so instead of sticking to the book, would be tempted to do "what they think is best" - which is probably why there're more experienced bakers complaining about their various failures, etc.
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164 of 178 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by it's cover 7 Mar 2010
I'm afraid to say that I was utterly seduced by the stunning pictures inside this book. However, after a good read through of the recipes I was quite suprised at some of the techniques and quantities used. I am a qualified pastry chef but also have two decades of home-baking experience. I would like to point out that I have a gas oven, with which I use an oven thermometer to make absolutely sure that it is at the correct temperature. I use the correct bakeware that is required and I always test a recipe at least twice. The first time I follow to the exact recipe; the second time I may make a few amendments. Any professional chef worth their salt would do this for a commericial purpose. Home-baking however, should be relaxing rather than experimental. I bake regulary anyway, but if I was baking for a special occasion I would test out a recipe first. I have tried 3 recipes now, the Blueberry cake, the Carrot cake and the Blueberry muffins.

The Carrot cake: VERY sweet and did not cook in the time stated, mixture stayed raw for a very long time. That said, it was well recieved but more a special occasion cake.

Blueberry muffins: Followed the EXACT recipe and they ended up dense and rubbery, again, took longer than stated. Didn't even taste nice.

Blueberry cake: Worst one of all, It took an extra 50 minutes to cook, the quantities were all wrong, tasted ok but nothing special, especially when it costs so much to make (6 eggs, 350g butter, 250g blueberries etc). The frosting isn't anything to shout about either, I would recommend putting some vanilla extract into it, just to give it some flavour, rather than just cream cheese, sugar and butter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I am particularly excited about this book, because, as a baker, I have formerly only been successful baking cakes, and never muffins or cupcakes. That has changed with this book. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Thurzday_Next
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book in a very good price!
Good quality of the book.Good price. It's very interesting. Recipies are succesful!

I tasted peanut butter cookies in a friend's house and then I found the book in... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Chryso Chacholiades
3.0 out of 5 stars book
Nice book. Everything is so sweet. Will be reducing the amount of sugar in the recipes and particularly the icing.
Published 9 days ago by Jennifer S Lancasrer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Great Book, great bakery too if you're every in London its worth a visit. Interesting cup cakes and the brownies are great if you're having a crowd around.
Published 9 days ago by Tara Pettersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Faboulous
I started enjoying the book since the first day I got it! Great recipes to taste the same cakes and cupcakes that you can find in the store.
Published 12 days ago by Alicia Wilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential baking book
Bought after a recommendation from a friend. The recipes i've tried have all been a great success, a bit too much so truth be told, and i've had a lot of requests for more.
Published 12 days ago by angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
Great book bought it as a present for my daughter in law and she loves and has made loads of yummy stuff!!!
Published 23 days ago by Pamela A Sibley
3.0 out of 5 stars Taste Great But The Quantities Are A Bit Off
Looking at previous reviews, I don't seem to be the only one to be having a few troubles with this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. L. Theobald
2.0 out of 5 stars Attractive book, but recipes let it down
Having had this book for a while now and tested a number of the recipes, I conclude that they can be over complicated at times (eg the Lemon Loaf, or extra chilling stage for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JaneP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookery book
Contains lots of yummy recipes & pictures & layout make it easy to follow. Would recommend to anyone who likes baking.
Published 1 month ago by Andy Haslam
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