- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (4 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849902682
- ISBN-13: 978-1849902687
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 260 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets Hardcover – 4 Aug 2011
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The cookbook to accompany the second series of The Great British Bake Off, with more than 120 delicious baking recipes, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood's 'technical challenges' and the best contestants' recipes. Plus an exclusive digital booklet of the finalists' recipes.
From the Back Cover
The Great British Bake Off is searching for the finest home bakers in Britain and this accompanying book shows you how to achieve baking perfection in the comfort of your kitchen.
Once you understand the baking basics, the possibilities are endless. To help you achieve a perfectly risen sponge, a crisp biscuit or the smoothest bread dough, this book guides you through foolproof recipes with simple step-by-step master classes. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood also offer fail-safe recipes from the series - their 'Technical Challenges' for classic bakes ranging from the elegant Battenburg Cake to bakery favourites Iced Fingers.
There are over 120 mouth-watering recipes to try including cakes, biscuits, breads, pies, tarts, patisserie, puddings and celebration cakes. Mary and Paul are on hand throughout the book offering practical tips, while amateur bakers also show-off their skills with the 'best of the bake-off'.
There are recipes here to challenge keen bakers as well as inspire baking novices. Beautiful and practical, this baking bible will soon become your most treasured cookbook.
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It doesn't just give you a list of ingredients and say "Make the pastry", it doesn't even say "Make the pastry as shown on page x..." which has you leafing through the book with floury hands and then trying to remember which page you started on! For each recipe that needs pastry, it will go through how you make it, from putting the ingredients into a bowl to having a beautiful cooked pastry shell, ready for whatever filling the recipe is all about.
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have included some challenges to have a go at and these too are accompanied by photographs at every step so that you know just what you are doing at each stage.
Throughout the book there are tips, either to make sure that your ingredients are ready for use (like mixing coconut milk before measuring it, since it separates on standing) or offering ideas of how you can modify the recipe (e.g. for a loaf "For a change, sprinkle the top of the glazed loaf with sesame seeds or porridge oats, even oatmeal."
Throughout the book are the "Best of the Bake-Off" recipes from the 2011 season on which this book is based, so if you fancy making anything you saw from Earl Grey Cupcakes to a Limoncello and White Chocolate Croquembouche then the recipes are here in the book with plenty of detail of how to do it.
I love this book.
So many new idea, so many different desserts to make. All very well explained with pictures to make it even more easy for you.
Cakes, biscuits, teatime threats, bread, pastry, patisserie, puddings, .... its all there.
I usually choose a recipe then try baking it till I think its 100% but gonna have a hard time choosing now.
Really recommend this book and now I want the other books in this series also
The recipes are wonderful, mostly sweet, with fabulous cakes and biscuits but there are some wonderful savoury quiches and pies too.
Highly recommended for bakers old and new, specially at its current discounted price!
It's all very English, which I love too, dainty, pretty and then slab cakes. It gives you the skill level too and even says if it's ideal to use with kids which is a bonus for families.
A very colourful and thorough book which I enjoy and get a lot of use out of of. A must have for fellow bakers.
A thoroughly good book of baking.
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