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An absolute bible
on 17 December 2015
This book is an absolute bible. It is written in an easy-to-follow manner and gives you a good grounding in basic cooking techniques but also gives you the inspiration that you too can cook the things that were done on the Great British Bake-Off!
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.