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great ideas, but needs better recipe excution
on 18 April 2011
I was so excited when I got this book, there are some wonderful ideas, and flavor combinations and the woodys theme of the book is super stylish. But, (unfortunately there is a 'but') some of these recipes are off, like the peanut butter cookies, and the chocolate chip cookies are cakey instead of chewy.
The chipotle scones are a big disappointment, after going to the trouble of specially ordering chipotle powder (chili or cayenne would work fine instead), they were very average.
I do like the red velvet recipe, but their cinnamon buttercream that goes along with it is too watery to ice a cake. The sweet and salty cake is amazing, but the directions for the cake are really complicated to follow...I think I would just follow their direction on how to make the saltly caramal sauce for the cake and use another chocolate cake recipe I have that is easier to follow.
The suger cookies with royal icing came out superb, as did the banana coffee muffins. There award winning brownie recipe is average, (although it does taste better cold then hot). The granola recipe is amazing, I make it on a weekly basis.
I can't help but feel the guys from the Baked bakery purposely left out or altered the recipes for this book. I really don't want to categorize it as one of those recipe books that doesn't work, but that is the impression I'm left with:( I will keep trying recipes from this book, but I can't help but feel that this book could have been so much more!