The second book from The Great British Bake-off TV series which focusses on making basic recipes into eye-catching cakes with a little creativity and...moreThe second book from The Great British Bake-off TV series which focusses on making basic recipes into eye-catching cakes with a little creativity and imagination. Lots of hints and tips throughout and a wide range of sweet and savoury recipes, many taken from the last series of the TV show. Loses a star for not having enough photographs of the finished products though - I find these a very useful guide to check I've done things right. Despite this, there are some great ideas in this book that I am keen to try out - cinnamon breakfast loaf; chickpea, spinach & mushroom wellington; double-crust pear pie; Gateau Paris-Brest; cinnamon apple doughnuts; marbled lemon squares; caramel layer cake. There are also useful guides to techniques, e.g. how to create feathering icing.
Overall it is a lovely book, one that will be in regular use in my kitchen. I have made one of the more simple recipes already - Ruby Jacks, a type of ginger cookie/flapjack, which turned out really well and will attempt a more ambitious Orange Praline Meringue cake next week as a birthday cake for my Mum. Pity there isn't a photo to show how the finished cake is supposed to look though. But as all of the recipes have come from the TV show and therefore have been passed by the indomitable Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, even a novice baker can follow the clear instructions given for each one.
Another winner from the Great British Bake-off team.(less)
Possibly the best baking book on the shelves today. Starting with a very informative section on 'getting started with bread' which is a mix of advice...morePossibly the best baking book on the shelves today. Starting with a very informative section on 'getting started with bread' which is a mix of advice and instruction with lots of useful photographs, the book continues with 6 sections: basic breads; flavoured breads; sourdough; croissants, Danish & brioche; biscuits, puddings & cakes; tarts & pies. There is a wide range of recipes, plenty of photographs of how the finished bake should look and lots of tips scattered throughout.
This is a book for anyone interested in baking, whether a complete novice or seasoned expert. Paul Hollywood, from The Great British Bake-off TV series, knows his stuff, and his years of experience show both in the recipes and the advice he provides throughout. My favourite recipes include almond croissants (with real frangipane), foccacia, apple brioche, Moroccan pasties, rosemary and lemon sourdough, hot cross buns, Caribbean cake and Buche de Noel (a kind of rich, gooey, chocolatey roulade). I have already tried the apple strudel recipe and not only was it easier to make than I thought, it tasted divine! Highly recommended (less)
Free gift for subscribing to BBC Good Food magazine - well worth buying on it's own merits. If you enjoy baking then this book is a real treat. There...moreFree gift for subscribing to BBC Good Food magazine - well worth buying on it's own merits. If you enjoy baking then this book is a real treat. There are step-by-step guides to some of the technical challenges from this year's TV series (2011) and I am itching to try the chocolate roulade! Plenty of photos throughout and a wide range of recipes from the series. This book is a treasure trove of high quality baking recipes.(less)