18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Some nice recipes but a little disappointing.,
This review is from: Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets (Hardcover)I enjoyed the series and this book looked excellent. Have made a few of the recipes so far, I have to say they are good but not great.
The chocolate-chilli cake needed three times as much chilli as called for and it was still only just about tasteable (my friend fed it to her small children without them even noticing the chilli in it). The marmalade cake was nice but I was very generous with the marmalade compared to the recipe. Other friends who have the book have also reported that many of the recipes are tasteless.
Annother annoying point is the hundreds of photos often put the instructions across multiple pages. The recipe for Paul's focaccia is spread over about 6 pages, which is not great when you have hands covered in sticky bread mix and are trying to turn pages with your elbows (also if like me you like to use a book stand).
I've yet to make the macarrons but was surprised that during the show they made a big thing of tapping them on the counter before they go in the oven, yet there is no mention of this in the book. Strange.
I'm glad I bought it and will be trying out more recipes in the future, I think you just need to be generous with any flavourings.