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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it sets out to do perfectly, 9 May 2013
This review is from: How to Bake (Hardcover)
I didn't quite know what to expect when I bought this book. It could've been another poor attempt to cash in on a popular TV cookery show, but it's actually an awful lot more than that and very impressive. The book is laid out very well, the food photography is excellent and the recipes are clear and concise. There is a good introductory chapter covering ingredients, techniques and equipment in quite a lot of detail. All of which is very useful to novice bakers, such as myself. One you're into the recipes, each one has a full page colour photograph on the opposite page, with a brief summary at the top detailing number of servings, preparation time and baking time, with a brief summary of hints and tips. There is a detailed step-by-step set of instructions for all of the recipes, which I'm sure anyone can follow easily. I also think there is a wide variety of different things to try out, ranging from simple breads to elaborate cakes (and simple cakes and elaborate breads too). I've tried a number of the recipes, particularly the breads, expecting them to go horribly wrong since I have never made them before, but all have been successful. I really can't find many faults at all with this book, and would highly recommend it.

The contents page looks like this:

Introduction 6
Getting started with bread 8
Basic breads 32
Flavoured breads 78
Sourdough 126
Croissants, Danish & Brioche 160
Biscuits, Puddings and Cakes 192
Tarts & Pies 260

Directory 298
Index 299

The full list of recipes:

Basic white tin bread
White cob loaf
Wholemeal loaf
Soda bread
Pitta breads
Barm cakes
Cottage loaf
Crusty dinner rolls
Malted loaf
Spelt bread
Milk loaf
Ale bread rolls
Rye bread
Cholla loaf

Truffle ficelles
Pumpkin seed sticks with poppy seeds
Green olive sticks
Stilton and grape flatbreads
Flatbreads with Epoisse and bacon
Breakfast rolls
Gorgonzola, pear and walnut bakes
Garlic bread
Coriander, olive and onion bread
Seeded bread
Cherry tomato and mozzarella breads
Bacon and Cheddar loaves
Cheddar and apple bread
Stilton and pecan twist
Cranberry and Stilton bread
Pecan loaf
Fruit loaf
Apricot, date and sultana loaf
Hot cross buns
Apricot couronne
Christmas buns

Sourdough starter
Basic sourdough
Baguette au levain
Pain de campagne
Seeded sourdough
Spitfire sourdough
Sour olive bread
Cheddar and apple sourdough
Smoked bacon and garlic sourdough
Sourdough filled with Epoisse cheese
Rosemary and lemon sourdough
Muesli and banana sourdough
Chocolate and apricot sourdough
Lavender honey and toasted almond sourdough

Almond croissants
Pain au chocolat
Danish pastry dough
Crème patissière
Pain aux raisins
Almond pastries
Raspberry Danish
Apple Danish with Sultanas
Lemon and lime pastries
Apple brioche
Brioche with Brie

Buttery shortbread biscuits
Cryriot almond biscuits
Gruyère biscuits
Chocolate, peanut and raisin clusters
Wholemeal scones with cheese
Blueberry breakfast pancakes
Clafoutis Monique
Blackberry and pear strudel
Pear, pecan and chocolate crumble
White chocolate puddings with plums
Passion fruit souffles
Carrot and almond cheesecake
Gingerbread with sticky pears
Mrs Post's lemon drizzle cake
Victoria sponge
Marble cake
Banana bread with walnuts
Chocolate almond cake
Spiced coffee and date cake
Triple layer chocolate cake with walnuts
Caribbean cake
Summer fruit genoise
Raspberry and passion fruit muffins
Cherry chocolate muffins
Chocolate brownies with dried cranberries
Būche de Noėl
Christmas cake
Royal icing
White Christmas cake
Simnel cake

Shortcrust pastry
Smoked salmon cheesecake with lemon vodka
Moroccan pasties
Sweet pastry (pāte sucrée)
Tarte aux abricots
Pecan and chocolate tart
Lemon meringue pie
Mince pies
Puff pastry
Portuguese egg custard tarts
Mozzarella and bacon bites
Courgette tart with roasted tomato coulis
Sausage rolls
Pork pies
Poacher's pie
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Initial post: 23 Sep 2013 02:36:44 BDT
judy says:
Inspired me to buy it - thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2013 10:48:20 BDT
fruit bat says:
me too!

Posted on 13 Oct 2013 09:51:07 BDT
marie says:
Thank you was going to buy daughter in law his newer book but this one sounds better, Hope she likes it.

Posted on 17 Oct 2013 13:46:01 BDT
lolagail says:
Brilliant review. Thankyou so much.

Posted on 31 Oct 2013 22:30:45 GMT
Samantha says:
very generous review, taking so much time for others, thanks

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 11:07:50 GMT
Bee says:
Brilliant review thanks. Just what I was looking for.

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 14:30:51 GMT
R. Romeo says:
So helpful! Sometimes you just want to know what the books covers before you buy.

Posted on 4 Jan 2014 12:28:21 GMT
I James says:
Possibly the most helpful review I've ever come across - thank you! I just wanted to know what bread recipes were involved so I could decide if to get it for my sister; I'm going to go purchase it now...

Posted on 24 Jun 2015 07:26:51 BDT
Thank you, RED, for being so helpful in spending time putting this out there for us. Wish others (including myself at this moment) were as considerate. Have another bun for your trouble, you deserve it!

Posted on 21 Nov 2015 11:59:33 GMT
My goodness what a review!. Amazing! Well done and thanks. I know exactly what to expect.
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