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Deservedly legendary in absolutely every way
on 30 November 2014
Even though I've sadly never been able to visit one of Konditor & Cook's bakeries in London, I've heard such great things about them and been a follower on Instagram and Twitter, always wishing I could eat their cakes straight off the screen.
This wonderful book allows you to make all of their best bakes in the comfort of your own kitchen. It is so interesting to read about Gerhard Jenne's life and his path to becoming a master baker, and if he ever wrote a biography I would most definitely want to give that a read. Flicking through the book is such a joy, with the cakes photographed beautifully and each recipe having an enjoyable paragraph preceding it.
So far, I have baked the Almond St Clement cake which is a light, flourless sponge made with almonds and oranges. It turned out beautifully moist and light, with rave reviews from my family. Second on my agenda was their Apple Strudel, or Apfelstrudel, which was the first time making my own pastry and it was so fun to do from start to finish. The recipe was easy to follow with clear instructions, and stretching out the thin translucent dough was nowhere near as worrisome as I expected it to be. It tasted absolutely delicious with a dollop of creme fraiche and it made me want to fly over to Germany just to sample all of the baked goods.
After two roaring successes I must bake their famous Curly Whirly Cake, as well as try the Bakewell Slice, Fig and Whisky Brownies and Ninja Slice to name but a few recipes that stood out to me.
I've recommended this book to my friends and family who also love to bake as much as me, as it's one of the few where you want to bake practically everything you see, and the recipes are challenging yet reliable. Also, I love how @konditor_and_cook are interested to see your efforts on Twitter, and always have a cheery reply and kind words (even if your version doesn't look quite as professional as theirs!).