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Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth: Recipes and Tips from a Modern Artisan Bakery

Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth: Recipes and Tips from a Modern Artisan Bakery [Kindle Edition]

Lily Jones
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'Lily has turned the sugary sweet cupcake business on its head' --Observer

More than just a cookbook, Sweet Tooth is an adventure manual for baking that shows you how to cook creatively using Lily s oven-refined skills and techniques. This book makes me want to hit the kitchen --Sam Bompas (Bompas and Parr)

'Lily's cakes and pastries are inspired - they look beautiful and taste extraordinary. Sweet Tooth is the only baking book you will ever need' -- Gizzi Erskine

'The queen of baked goods' -- ES magazine

'With her fancy and tasty cakes, her status as rock n'roll baker is cemented' -- Dazed and Confused

'Delicious and decorative creations...exceedingly good' --Vogue

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Since she started out selling her cakes at a market in East London, Lily Jones (aka Vanilli) has gone on to become one of Britain's best-loved artisan bakers. With a star-studded client list and a thriving bakery on Columbia Road, Lily's bakes are famous for their unique flavour combinations, spectacular design and exquisite taste. In Sweet Tooth, Lily takes you behind the scenes of her bakery and shows you how to master some of the core skills of baking - the cake, the custard, the coulis, the pastry, the ganache and much more - arming you with the skills you need to develop your own recipes, and move beyond the cupcake once and for all. Packed with over 100 inspirational and easy to follow recipes for layer cakes, tarts, biscuits, meringues, confectionary and ice creams, Lily shares her invaluable tips and decorating techniques. Sweet Tooth is essential reading for anyone who is passionate about making sweets - from the complete beginner to the expert baker.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9948 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (6 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008R9QRQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a classic!! 12 April 2013
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Great product and true to its description, quick delivery and well packaged - would definatelty recommend this to future buyers.
Book has lovely graphics and makes sophisticated baking feel very "homely" and easy! This book should be on everyone's shelf as a baking classic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Modern Mrs Beeton 11 April 2013
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Fabulous book! Brilliant presentation and incredibly informative. It reminded me of Mrs Beeton's book in the way that it explain's why certain steps of the recipe's are important, the science behind the recipe. Not only does Lily give some fantastic recipe's and flavour idea's but she also gives the reader the knowledge and confidence to stray from the recipe and make the recipe your own, adjust it to suit your own tastes. I really do feel that if you read this book cover to cover you'd know everything you'd ever need to know about baking!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This is a gorgous tome of a book, from the pastel and gold cover and pink-edged pages to the glorious photography inside. As anyone who's visited Lily's bakery will know, the focus is on outstanding presentation as well as delicious cakes.

The recipes in here do not disappoint,and celebrate unusual ingredients. They are divided into the following sections:

CAKES such as Bitter Chocolate Orange Cake, Beetroot Cake, Flourless Oreo Cake, Chocolate Avocado Cake and Margarita Drizzle Cake
PASTRY, with her gorgeous little Bakewells, Passionfruit Ganache Tarts and Rhubarb Tarts with Chilli and Ginger
BISCUITS AND TEACAKES including Biscuit Brownies, Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts, Hackney Buns and Chelsea Buns
MERINGUE - the bright pink Candy Floss Meringues look divine
CHOCOLATE - Chocolate and Pecan Truffles, Ganache Tarts with Honeycomb and Absinthe Hot Chocolate
SUGAR - Pecan Brittle, Caremelised Popcorn and Watermelonade
ICES - Mango & Mint, Coffee & Pecan and Brownie Chunk.

Decoration is key so Lily also teaches you how to make brightly coloured sugar shards, crystallised flowers, various buttercreams, ganache, coulis, and ways with both fresh and candied fruit, whipped cream and glitter to make your cakes spectacular showpieces that Marie Antoinette would be proud of.

She also includes a lot of practical, science-y but straightforward information about everything from how to know you're doing your pastry right to how to fill a piping bag. It is, in short, a masterclass in decadence and above all deliciousness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most artistically gorgeous cake book ever! 29 Mar 2013
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This is one of the most beautiful, inspiring and imaginatively presented set of baking recipes in my book collection. It makes for the ultimate gift especially for a young baker as it is thorough yet tantalizingly beautiful. Even turning the magenta edged pages is a pleasurable experience comparable only to indulging in the earthly delight of actually eating one of these beautiful creations perhaps even the Red Velvet Cake. Everyone who adores baking should own this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a sweet tooth and this book is Sweet! 9 Sep 2012
By LiSa
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When I saw Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth on here I pre-ordered it right away and impatiently waited for it to arrive! And now it's here!!

Lily's approach to baking and decorating are a real inspiration to me.
I like her simple yet classy decorations with the focus more on the cake, tart, etc...
It's just nice to see a baking book free of fondant covered cakes.
(I hate fondant, it's disgusting and the amount of handling in peoples hands make me cringe. I am a self proclaimed germaphobe!)

Even though I knew I was going to love this book before I even got it, nothing could prepare me for the awesomeness of this book! The layout is very modern and she goes into some of the science of baking- which, as she says, will help with your baking because once you understand how things work you can play a bit more. There are plenty of pictures to accompany the recipes. I have a long list of must makes although I could easily make everything in this book!

Here are a few of the recipes I am drooling over:
Bitter Chocolate Orange Cake
Chocolate Avocado Cake
Porter Cake
Passionfruit Ganache Tarts
Spiced Apple Custard Tarts
Biscuit Brownies
Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts
Candy Floss Meringues
Pecan Brittle
Absinthe and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

On the front cover Gizzi Erskine (food writer and TV presenter) is quoted as saying 'Lily's cakes and pastries are inspired - they look beautiful and taste extraordinary, Sweet Tooth is the only baking book you will ever need.' and I completely agree with her, especially the second part. If you don't own a single baking book and you're looking for one that has it all, this one could quite possibly be the one for you!!
If you want to see pictures of the book visit my blog [...] I will also be updating as and when I try out some of these amazing looking recipes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book is not for those new to baking - but having said that the instructions are really clear and specific. As an experienced home baker, who has dozens of books on the subject, this one has gone to the top of my list - everything I have made from it has been absolutely delicious - honestly the best choc chip cookies I have EVER made! All the baking favourites, meringues, sponge cakes and brownies, are here but the recipes all have a fresh take on them which really works (and this is from someone who bakes the same old Delia cakes and brownies again and again because everyone loves them and is usually reluctant to try new things)... If in doubt buy it!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
This recipe book looks lovely, but I'm disappointed in the recipes. There is not a lot I really want to make, and too many pages of 'variations' for toppings, icing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you have mouth full of sweet teeth!
Love this little book. First of all it looks great with its lovely peppermint hard cover and hot pink edged pages. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Michelle Derbyshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The best baking book out there! Great descriptions at the beginning about the basic, amazing recipes and beautiful decoration ideas!
Published 10 months ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
A beautiful looking book full of gorgeous recipes. The ones I have tried have received rave reviews and I even won a prize in a baking competition! Read more
Published 10 months ago by C Powell
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs revising.
Pretty photos, but I have only tried one recipe so far: Biscuit Brownies. Being an experienced baker I had my doubts about the ratios (WAY too much flour for it to be fudgy! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Yasmine
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!
A different collection of sweet recipes, lovely photos. I haven't baked anything yet, but have enjoyed reading it! Planning some baking very soon!
Published 12 months ago by Mrs A M Pope
1.0 out of 5 stars Lily Vanilli
Very poor , very little content , Poor photography and the products made -very child like and amateurish nothing in the book encouraged me to what to make it.
Published 12 months ago by jayne
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this book so much
I bought this because I made some hot cross buns from a Lily Vanilli recipe in Waitrose magazine. The recipe was imaginative, easy to follow and the results were absolutely... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious recipes
'Sweet Tooth' certainly is a sugar lover's dream book. The recipes are not only easy to follow and delicious, but offer a range of unique flavours that you often see combined on... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cleopatra
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot fault this book.
This is a really beautiful book. It is very well laid out, and there is a picture with every recipe. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kathleen
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