This is a very pretty book, with lots of ideas for food stylists and photographers. The presentation of each TrEAT is different, and as a book aimed at foods you can give as gifts, this is perhaps more important than it sounds. The recipes themselves are straight forward, quick, and easy to follow - again important in a book focussing on treats to give away.
The book contains the following recipes:
Cherry and cinnamon bundt cakes; brownies with salted caramel; almond and Earl Grey teacup cakes; rose and leaf-topped cake pops; spiced pear and chocolate cakes; raspberry, rose and chocolate cup cakes; chocolate easter-egg cakes; coconut madeleines
Glazed mini ring doughnuts; mini mince pies; plum crumble in a jar & apple pie in a jar; currant scones
Biscuits and Cookies:
Blackcurrant and vanilla Linzer cookies; black and white cookies; spiced pumpkin cakes; gingerbread bats; chocolate chip cookies; tiny lemon meringue pie cookies; Liberty-print inspired chocolate hears; mini gingerbread houses; Neopolitan sandwich cookies; s'mores; white-chocolate-dipped pistachio & apricot cookies
Savoury fig & goat's cheese cakes; oatcakes with pink peppercorns; cheese straws with caraway seeds; smoke paprika almonds; pretzels; infused oils; flavoured salts
Violet and peppermint creams; candied cashews; candied orange dipped in dark chocolate; chocolate salami; white chocolate and fresh berry bites; salted caramel sauce; dipped and decorate marshmallows; chocolate and chestnut meringues; cinnamon hot chocolate spoons; bacon and pecan nut chocolate shards; white chocolate and pistachio popcorn; chocolate rose truffles; salted caramel truffles; apple and cinnamon compote; rhubarb and vanilla compote; lemon and blackberry jelly; pomegranate and vanilla vodka
A great little book for homemade treats. Useful, pretty, well laid out, speedy enough recipes - a great addition in the run-up to Christmas.
on 22 October 2013
This is a pleasure - a stunning book, beautiful photography and a gorgeous cover. I really can't wait to dig into the recipes and make the salt caramel brownies! I'd not heard of this author before, but the moment I saw the jaw-dropping cover on Amazon I knew I had to investigate - I'm so glad that I did. I also like that it's a book you can gift to friends without handing them a massive cookery book that can often overwhelm - it's not that big yet is well worth the money. I am so glad that I bought it.
on 16 August 2014
The recipes in trEATs ooze style and creativity and a casual flick through frequently inspires me to switch on the oven. April is rapidly becoming my go-to for baking. So far, her recipes have been flawless and have never let me down. I am an inconsistent baker, and having reliable recipes is really important to me. The book has also been beautifully photographed and designed. It is a real pleasure to read it. I have tried a number of recipes from trEATs, mainly from the cake and biscuit sections and they were all delicious. Several have been baked more than once. I have yet to try anything from the confectionery end of the book, but I plan to crack that bit of the spine as Christmas approaches!