Book Review: Easy Baking From Scratch

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Title:  Easy Baking From Scratch

Author:  Eileen Gray

Publisher: Rockridge Press

ISBN: 9781641521055

 Review:
Do you remember the smell of fresh bread baking or the smell of cookies in the oven when you were a kid? Do you wish you could make delicious cookies and breads? Now you can get that great aroma back with this guide to baking from scratch. Believe or not the recipes are classic and really easy.

This guide is perfect for the novice baker. If you are going to make a habit of baking, there is a section that will help setup your kitchen. Must haves include loaf pans, baking pans, cast iron skillets and even a fluted tart pan. You can’t whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies without measuring cups, spoons, bowls or a mixer. Essential ingredients are shared here; and most would be items you would want to keep in the cupboard all the time. If for some reason you ran out of an ingredient, basic alternatives like almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk can replace an ingredient such as milk or cream for a recipe.

Recipes within these pages are divided into sections such as muffins and quick breads where bakers will find raisin scones, true strawberry shortcakes and Irish soda bread. The cookies and bars section has delectable recipes for espresso toffee chunk cookies, rye and caraway wafers and lemon bars. You can learn to bake perfect cakes, make creamy frostings and even items from other countries like baklava and empanadas. Savory bread recipes are here as well. This handy guide has great tips, tricks, and measurement conversions that will assist any baker in making the best and tastiest treats to share with family and friends.

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writing

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