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Good value: very cheap, some nice recipes
on 12 August 2010
I picked up this little book for less than £3 on a special offer, and it's usually less than £4. It's nicely produced (maybe the type is a bit small) with each double-page spread having a recipe and the corresponding picture.
I've tried quite a few recipes now (parkin, raisin spice cake, dark chocolate cake, chewy flapjack) and will probably continue to try a few more.
- nicely produced
- simple instructions
- mixture of old-fashioned favourites (flapjack) and more unusual ideas (St Lucia cake)
- recipes don't always work. Example: I've tried the dark chocolate cake twice and it came out dry and bitter each time
- descriptions aren't always consistent. For example, keeping time is important to me: sometimes it says what it is, sometimes it doesn't
- nothing to guide you as to which recipes are easier than others, or special equipment needed
- repetitive. There are several flapjack recipes that are very similar, and several recipes for that start with boiling an orange.
I'm not quite sure who this book is for. If you're a keen cake-baker, you'll probably have many of these recipes in other books. If you're a new baker, you might find that you hit one of the dodgier recipes first off. It seems to be aimed at the occasional but knowledgeable baker.
So I hesitated for a long time over whether to give it three or four stars. It seems unkind to a book that I keep trying recipes from to just give it three stars, but then four stars would seem to be quite an endorsement. In the end, I decided that I couldn't justify more than three.