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Simply Great Breads: Sweet and Savory Yeasted Treats from America's Premier Artisan Baker

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
If bread is the staff of life, then this book by renowned artisanal baker Daniel Leader is every home baker’s must-have cookbook. Featuring an amazing array of  incredible delicacies made with yeast, it’s the perfect combination of easy and sophisticated recipes, with the keys to unlocking basics of working with yeasted doughs. Who can resist a collection of 50 ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Taunton Press
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Mar 11, 2012 Dee rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I already have several recipe books for bread and wondered if this would be any different and I was pleased to see quite a few different recipes that I didn't already have.

This wonderful book is by artisan baker Daniel Leader and it starts with standard recipes for breakfast breads from all over the world so for example it had English muffins, French brioche and New York bagels and many more. It then continues with that theme with a collection for both sweet and savoury breads
May 15, 2011 Trish rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, cooking
I wrote my review before I tried the Yeasted Pancakes. Now I'm adding a star for unrivalled excellence: I have NEVER have I tasted anything to rival the creamy lightness of these pancakes. In fact, it is laughable that they are even called pancakes. They should have another name--like crepes have a different name because they have a different texture, these are a different class altogether. Maybe something like a pan-fried doughnut, but far more elegant and without the greasy overtones 'doughnut ...more
Jennifer Rinehart
Mar 30, 2011 Jennifer Rinehart rated it really liked it
I like books about baking. For years I'd pick them up, stare greedily at the tasty pics and then sigh, put them back onto the shelf and slump away, my shoulders down and my mouth frowny. My failure to create bread was a source of anxiety and shame. I've made biryani, cherries flambe and eggs benedict with real hollandaise, but my yeast breads always turned out awful.

About once a year I'd pick up a book and give it another try, but it always ended the same, with a dirty kitchen and a lump of flo
Shala Kerrigan
Mar 30, 2011 Shala Kerrigan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
I love baking fresh bread by hand.
The author, Daniel Leader is as enthused about bread baking as I am, and the introduction is wonderful. He discusses the necessity of using the best ingredients and using recipes that allow the grain you're baking with to take center stage rather than using a lot of fats and flavors that mask the characteristics of the grain you're using. It also explains a bit about the science part of bread making and about artisan doughs.He lists different ingredients and th
Allizabeth Collins
Sep 28, 2011 Allizabeth Collins rated it liked it

Simply Great breads by Daniel Leader is a recipe book filled with beautiful, not to mention flavorful breads that will leave both the reader and baker craving some serious carbs.

I received this book from NetGalley (Taunton Press).
First-off, I must begin by admitting that I am a total bread addict. This summer alone I have experimented with making so many breads that I can't even pick a favorite. Therefore, when I heard that Simply Great Breads was coming out, I just had t
Aug 03, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing
Simply Great Breads by Daniel Leader with Lauren Chattman.

Daniel has a paragraph or so telling about the item. It may be where it was from or its origins. The recipes list several types of measuring such as ounces, grams and teaspoons. Many of the recipes also have pictures along with them that will have your mouth watering.

Recipes such as classic breakfast breads include english muffins, crumpets, brioche & bagels for starters. Many of these items are getting pricey let alone what can compa
Dec 16, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it
Daniel Leader's Simply Great Breads is a wonderful collection of recipes for people who enjoy making bread at home. This is not a huge book and does not cover everything like some other baking books that I have, but Leader has some recipes that I have not seen before that I am eager to try. There is a secion on ciabatta, which I love, and the recipe for cialbatta rolls sounds wonderful.

I usually use my stand mixer to knead my bread for me but Leader has a how-to guide on how to hand-knead bread
Sara Thompson
Sep 28, 2011 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
So many bread books are filled with the same recipe repeated over and over with a few alterations. They make the reader feel cheated out of new and exciting recipes. That is not the case with this bread book.
The variation of recipes is nice, a sampling of bread recipes from pancakes to challah to flatbread to doughnuts to monkey bread. There are great stories with the recipes and cultural explanations as needed. I loved the bounce from sweet to savory but more so I liked the small sections after
Dec 02, 2011 Stacie rated it liked it
Definately a different kind of bread making book. For bread makers looking for something different from the tradtional, this book offers few nice variations. The begining says baking it easy, which anyone who makes bread knows it can be tedidous reguardless. 136 pages with big color photos. I haven't decided if it's a keeper yet but it's small thin and resourceful enough to hang around for a lot of testing.

English Muffins
Brioche w/variations of Fig/Chestnut/Cinnamon-Cardamom
Chestnut Cin
Jan 24, 2012 Glenajo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Simply Great Breads is a wonderful authority on some of the lesser-known breads that are generally not cooked in a home. If you have ever made your own bread, you will enjoy Simply Great Breads because your repertoire will compound immediately. Daniel Leader is a professional baker in his own bakery, and in Simply Great Breads, he included recipes he uses in his own home. When I travel, I realize that those of us who do not live in areas where we can easily purchase excellent artisan breads miss ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
The pictures are amazing, and this is important to me when I decide to actually purchase a cookbook! The recipes are wonderful and while some will be difficult for a beginning bread maker (practice makes perfect!) the instructions shouldn't be daunting in the least. Furthermore, I love that Daniel Leader has added his own commentary and experiences into the cookbook which makes this book so much more than the typical list of recipes and pictures fare. I got to review a copy of this book and now ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Naomi rated it really liked it
I became aware of this book when it first came out and put it on my "to be watched" list. When I saw it at the library, I grabbed it. It is now in my Amazon cart. This book is as good as I thought it was. The recipes are unusual mixed in with basic bread recipes. Each has steps broken out for preparation. If prep pictures would have been included, it would have be a 5 star review.
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