on 31 December 2008
Lovely collection of 34 biscuit recipes.
Almond Shortbread Biscuits
Cheddar Cheese Straws
Chocolate Coconut Fingers
Cornish Ginger Fairings
Devon Clotted Cream Biscuits
Dorset Fair Gingerbreads
Honey Fruit Biscuits
No photos of any finished dish, so not one for cooks that require photos for guidence/inspiration.
There are a few recipes in this book that are duplicated in others of this range, but overall a nice collection.
on 5 December 2009
Since getting this book I have been slowly working my way through the recipes, much to the delight of my husband.
The recipes are basic, but tried and trusted, and work every time.
The book is small, so doesn't clutter up my bookshelf, and unlike a lot of cookbooks where you have just one recipe you go back to again and again, this is jam packed full of our favourites and is used on a very regular basis.
If you are new to home baking, or looking for some 'new to you recipes', I would recommend this book, as it is jam packed with traditional recipes. It's price won't break the bank, and the recipes will fill the cookie jar!
I love these little recipe booklets with their illustrations not of food but of countryside views, mostly details of paintings and sketches by accomplished artists. This one has a Mill theme, with windmills and watermills showing how it was done long before the dreaded windfarms arrived. But of course the recipes are excellent too - thirty-four of them, including Abernethy Biscuits, Ayrshire Shortbread, Blackburn Cracknells, Bosworth Jumbles, Buttermere Biscuits, Cornish Ginger Fairings, Devon Clotted Cream Biscuits, Dorset Fair Gingerbreads, Essex Shortcakes, Lancashire Nuts, Shrewsbury Biscuits, Stanhope Firelighters, Suffolk Rusks, Wakes Cakes and Wareham Bears. The nice thing about biscuit-making is that you can bake a dozen or more within half an hour, using relatively few ingredients, and be guaranteed a delicious result which everyone seems to enjoy, judging by the speed at which they disappear. Because the booklets in these series are so neat and small they fit easily onto any kitchen shelf, making them very easy to use at short notice. The weights and measures are avoirdupois, but there is a metric conversion table inside the back cover.
This attractive little book is one of a series all of which are very good value. I am a convert to the making of biscuits as they are quick to do: as soon as you have washed up after the cooking these delicious home-made treats are ready. They are so different from shop-bought and so varied. Most biscuits freeze successfully. I have made several of the ones in this booklet and all have been excellent. The names are a joy - send for a copy and enjoy reading and eating. Who could resist a Stanhope Firelighter?
on 24 November 2011
This is a little gem of a book. Plenty of biscuit recipes and all so easy - just my type of cook book :).
The pictures are very quaint and the book is well worth the price.In fact, I am buying some more for my friends, I'm sure they will love the little book too.
Biscuits are, in essence, a rather simple affair. A savoury snack, perhaps with a hint of sweetness according to taste, which in more recent times have began to be rather overcomplicated due to the infusion of decorating elements, flavours and fillings. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but sometimes one can hark back with fond memories to the more traditional, innocent air.
This little book is just one small part of rather large collection of charming little books at very affordable prices that manage to provide a wide range of recipes mixed up with a charming, retrospective look back to former times in England.
Traditional favourites whose name, if not their taste, may be familiar to people with an interest in matters English, include Devon clotted cream biscuits, butterscotch biscuits, ginger biscuits, shortbread and wafers are joined by more exotically named items such as Ladies Fingers, Stanhope Firelighters and Suffolk Rusks.
The recipes are simply written and easy to follow. No pictures to discover what the final result should look like, so you either have to be fairly confident about your abilities, not give a damn as long as they are tasty or do a Google search and see what you find. But I think adding colour pictures might somehow spoil these charming little books. And anyway, the cost of the ingredients is more than likely going to be higher than the cost of the book itself!
on 22 January 2013
I really appreciate these traditional recipes used by bakers from all over England. The very nice thing about them are they are not so very sweet and are fairly easy to make. The biscuits produced have great textures and flavor. They are not just for special occasions but for the everyday treat you indulge in with that cup of milk, coffee, or tea. I can honestly say that a few of these recipes will be part of giveaways to friends and neighbors.
on 10 November 2015
‘Favourite Biscuit Recipes: Traditional Home-made Plain and Fancy Biscuits’, from the ‘Salmon Favourite Recipe’ series.
Measuring around 16.75 cm x 11.75 cm, this charming little paperback has 48 quality pages, covering 34 recipes.
It opens with an alphabetical list of the recipes contained within.
Each recipe opens with the title, a relevant note, the list of ingredients and the method.
Interspersed with full-colour yesteryear images of ‘village life, by Trevor Mitchell’, my particular favourite being alongside ‘Honey Fruit Biscuits’, on pages 8/9 but closely followed by ‘Winter Service’; the more you look, the more you see, snowy image alongside a tasty recipe for ‘Garibaldi Biscuits’ aka ‘Squashed-Fly Biscuits’(!), on pages 44/45.
Metric Conversion tables are given on the last page before a complete list of the titles in the Salmon series, on the inside back cover.
From the back cover:
‘Nothing is more irresistible than a plateful of freshly baked biscuits, typified by this tasty assortment of teatime favourites from around the country.’
Nothing is more irresistible than the aroma of freshly baked biscuits, either, IMO!
* The old edition, with sepia-coloured illustrations, is still available.
As the two editions are on the same Amazon product code, it may be worth indicating which is required if adding to an existing collection.
on 4 March 2014
There are some good recipes here, from the past. On the plus side the book is cheap, beautifully laid out, with lots of beautiful realist art pictures. The recipes on the whole are easy to follow and you will get a taste of foods that were enjoyed by earlier generations. Several issues to consider: measurements are imperial, and you will need to use your own instinct and experience to get the most out of this book as some of the guidance and measurements are a little vague and assume you know what you are doing (probably not the best book for a novice).
on 11 March 2010
Even though this book looks small, don't be deceived, its full of great recipes and ideas. Excellent buy.