Cakes: River Cottage Handbook No.8 Hardcover – 7 Mar 2011
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If you have yet to come across the River Cottage Handbooks, I can't recommend them enough (Rachel Khoo, Daily Mail)
In the eighth of the River Cottage Handbook series, Pam Corbin offers an appealing guide to baking perfect cakesSee all Product description
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I've tried four recipes so far, all delicious, including the hazelnut macaroons I made for a friend with allergies, and which I'd doubted because of the absence of butter and flour. I can't wait to make more treats even though I'm supposed to be on a diet.
I don't agree with the reviewer who complained there was nothing particularly different about this book. Where else can you find a recipe for home made Cornish fairings, jammy dodgers and chocolate bourbons? Another plus is that there is none of the ubiquitous cupcake - I can forgive the brief aside where she suggests making tiny Victoria sponges in cupcake format.
Although Pam says she's not an expert cake decorator, I particularly love the section on fillers and toppings, which is packed with brilliant and imaginative ideas - as well as being a useful reference for classics like royal icing. One day I'm determined to make some crystallised flowers, they look so lovely in the pictures.
This is a beautifully compact, nicely produced, life affirming book. Just try not to look at it while you're on a diet.
There are the usual expected recipes for victoria sandwich cake, carrot cake and christmas cake. However, lesser known cakes and biscuits are included like the old fashioned cornish fairings and a very good apple cake recipe to name but two. I have tried out a few of the recipes and all have worked well so far, even with the over enthusiastic assistance of a 6 year old boy.
Great feel and size, just like all the other handbooks - if you haven't got all the others, you should!!!
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Seems that the cooking times are way off (I always end up cooking the cakes for about 20 mins...Read more
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