Jo Wheatley - Home Baking Hardcover – 2013
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Jo Wheatley winner of The Great British Bake Off 2011, shares a new collection of the hearty food she brought her three hungry boys up on, the foolproof recipes handed down by her Nan, and the treats she delights her extended family and friends with. All of the 100 recipes featured have been taste tested and enjoyed by generations of Jo's family, and are now ready to be enjoyed by yours. Easy recipes for little ones, tasty pies and tarts, hearty supper bakes and sumptuous cakes fill the pages of Home Baking, and all will make you want to roll up your sleeves and turn on the oven. Jo's recipes are refreshingly simple and honest, and all made regularly for her family. From classic focaccia, to delicious chocolate and honeycomb bars, perfect American pancakes and a spectacular croquembouche, Home Baking will fill your kitchen with fantastic homemade food all year round.
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Wheatley's style of baking is very much family-centric and it shows throughout the book (i.e. lots of fun, baking photos with family) - something I really like about both this and her previous book. One of the first things I noticed about 'Home Baking' is that the layout is very consistent with Wheatley's previous book (even down to the cover photo which is almost exactly the same pose albeit with a new outfit and new cake. Consistency is something I find very admiring in books from the same author; it's good to be able to identify a number of books with an author just by their appearance. I cannot tell you how many times I've bought books from a single author only find they're deeper or taller (meaning they don't sit flush on my bookcase). Hurrah then, for Wheatley and her band of baking helpers for creating a book that looks good on the outside as well as the inside.
Something else that I noticed almost immediately was that there was a ribbon page/book marker - something I picked up on in my review of Wheatley's previous book. I hate it when cookery books don't have a page marker as I'm someone who will look at a recipe in the morning whilst planning the evening meal, after which I book mark it for later. No ribbon = bits of paper sticking out of books to mark pages - not good!Read more ›
I would particularly recommend Home Baking to anyone who may feel a bit unsure about baking in general. Jo's approach is so reassuring and comforting as she assures us that anyone can bake! Saying that there is plenty here for the experienced baker as well.
The book is broken down into ten chapters starting with Biscuits, Bars, and Cookies; Bread and Scones; Cakes; Baking with Children; Crumbles, Tarts, and Pithiviers; Quiches, Pasties, Pies and Savoury Puddings; Quick and Simple Special Occasions; Supper Bakes; and Teatime Treats!
Here is a list of the recipes I can't wait to try:
Oaty Fruit Squares
Blueberry Brioche Rolls
Cheesy Tear and Share
Parmesan and Pesto Fantail Loaf
Banana, Pecan, and Butterscotch Cake
Lime and Coconut Tray Bake
Lemon, White Chocolate, and Macadamia Bombs
Cheesy Mini Ketchup Scones
Chicken and Mango Empanadas
Fruit and Nut Brownies
Tempura Mustard Sausages
Valentine's Salted Caramel Chocolate Pots
Mince Bakewell Tart
After reading Jo's books, blog, and following her on other social media sites I can't help but love her down-to-earth personality and family style baking. Following her progress from her win on the GBBO it's hard not to feel like I know her personally as she lets us into her life and kitchen.
Definately would say to buy this book, or her other one...soo pleased i did.
Biscuits, bars and cookies
Bread and scones
Baking with children
Crumbles, tarts and pithiviers
Quiches, pasties, pies and savoury puddings
Quick and simple
My copy is butter splattered and flour dusted already but I think (I hope!) Jo would be quite happy to hear that. Here is what I've made so far...
Raspberry red velvet cake - This is the gorgeous looking cake on the cover - and it tastes as amazing as it looks! Now just to add, you won't get the normal brick red velvet colour here - it's more of an darker, earthier colour due to reducing the amount of red food colouring and using pureed raspberries in the cake batter. A very clever trick! Not that the colour will be on your mind anyway when you take a bite of the finished product! I actually made this when Jo posted the recipe on her website last year and I'm so pleased it made its way into the book because it is a really stunning recipe. One of the best cake recipes I've made over the past few years.
Honeycomb bars - addictive! Whenever I make a batch of these they never last very long.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think Jo Wheatley is fantastic; two years ago she was the winner of The Great British Bake Off. Rather unfairly she was my favourite from the start, after all she is a Mum from... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by Victoria Bowhill
It is always a good sign when you go through a recipe book and earmark over half of them to cook! While I haven't done all them yet - the ones I have done including Cheesy tear... Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2013 by Chelseaskitchen
I've loved Jo ever since she first graced our screens on the Great British Bake Off. She's a humble home baker who writes about the food she makes for her family and friends. Read morePublished on 16 July 2013 by Dolly
I've been a big fan of Jo Wheatley ever since she won the Great British Bake Off a couple of years ago, and I reviewed her first recipe book last year. Read morePublished on 14 July 2013 by Stacey Woods