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4.0 out of 5 stars
So far so good despite the bad reviews!, 11 May 2009
I'd like to think I'm quite an experienced cook and I especially love baking so I was really excited to get my hands on this book. As many other reviewers testify, the photography is beautiful, but do the recipes actually work??
So far I have made the brownies, which were lovely, looked exactly like the picture but did contain a hideous amount of sugar compared to some other brownies I've made.
I have also made the vanilla cupcakes. It's a really unusual method, but, frosting aside, is a very cheap recipe because it only contains one egg and 40 g butter. Quite unlike any other cupcake recipe I've tried. Having said that, they were very light, airy and with the frosting looked exactly like the photo. The book stipulates that they use American size cupcake cases which I thought was a bit vague, as there isn't really any way of knowing what size that actually is! I had some Wilton cases at home so I used those as they are an American brand, however I only got 9 cakes out of the mixture that was supposed to make 12. Next time I'll try them with some bog standard cases and see how I get on.
One recipe I definitely won't be trying is the rocky road bars - it looks amazing, but any recipe that calls for 1.4 kg of chocolate, 8 snickers bars and several bags of maltesers is a bit crazy for a homebaker!
I'm going to persevere with this book, probably trying some of the less decadent recipes, the banana bread is next up and I also like the look of the blueberry cake...I may update this review at some point