Home Bake: Cakes, muffins, tarts, cheesecakes, brownies and puddings, with foolproof tips from Master Pâtissier Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010
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Choice Magazine, October 2010
'You would be hard-pushed to not want to use every recipe in this book!'
Great British Food, September 2010
'Prepare to drool over this beautiful collection of recipes from the man who made Madonna's wedding cake... '
The Sunday Mirror, 8th May 2011
'Eric Lanlard is the patissier for the A-list - and master of show-stopping treats.'
Foodepedia, September 5, 2010
'Eric Lanlard's new book 'Home Bake' looks too good. So good in fact, it's almost obscene.' --.
The recession has seen a marked interest in returning to the simpler, traditional pleasures of baking. Recent research has shown that 85% of Britons have baked cakes at home and 29% say they are baking more than ever before. Recent price rises for raw ingredients including flour, sugar, milk and eggs have also contributed to the consumer's perception that shop-bought cakes and breads have become much more expensive.See all Product Description
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The 'flour free orange and lavender cake' has without doubt not been tested by eric's team for the home kitchen.
Not only is it far too sweet, it also doesn't fit the size of tin the method asks for and to top it off the flavour of the lavender is totally lost by the spices and very thin sugar syrup. If one is to follow the recipe, it is positively impossible to have a syrup that looks remotely similar to the picture.
Perhaps Eric should have a blog that displays corrections to his recipes and perhaps try them in a home kitchen first - not just at an industrial scale!
It looks very pretty (though I found the photographs of the "method" strangely random and unhelpful).There are sections on sponge cakes, tarts, meringues, muffins and cupcakes, tray bakes, festive recipes, cheesecakes, puddings, pastries and biscuits. The illustrations of luscious baked goods are delightful. Cakes shimmer. Muffins ooze.
It is difficult to put my finger on why I haven't used it. I was certainly keen to get it after reading a review of it on the bakerybits website. But my heart rather sank when it arrived and I saw that it had a celebrity endorsement from Elizabeth Hurley on the front. (Does she look like a cake fiend to you?) It sank further when I kept on reading about "my cafe-patisserie Cake Boy" in the introduction to far too many of the recipes. (I haven't seen any of Eric Lanlard's television shows so don't know is this is par for the course for him.)
I subsequently bought the River Cottage cake handbook and have used that a lot. There's a vast difference between the two books - the River Cottage book is less pretty, the cakes more solid and earthy and less exquisitely decorated, and with a lot more information on adaptable techniques and storage time etc. And certainly no quotes from Elizabeth Hurley on the cover.
I suspect that if you are one of those people who has the patience and skill (and time) to produce beautifully decorated, fashionable cupcakes, you'll get a lot out of this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is fabulous with delicious recipes and beautiful photographs. Highly recommended. A must have for all kindle bakers! Superb xPublished 9 months ago by Martina
Bought the book before reading the reviews which mention mistakes in the recipes and the first recipe my daughter tried is impossible. Read morePublished 11 months ago by F. Jones