Cookbook Review: Food 52 – Baking

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Fast review : Never eat a store bought baked good again.

This compilation of sensational treats by Food 52 is the answer to your baking prayers. With the easy and delicious recipes in this book, homemade baked goods aren’t just for special occasions anymore. They are reliable, easy-to-execute, and won’t have you hunting down hard-to-find ingredients or breaking the bank on special equipment. Each dish has an introduction filled with kitchen wisdom to make sure you can whip up something sweet every day. Grab your copy and start pre-heating that oven!

Who’s kitchen you would find it in: food bloggers, adventurous bakers, hostess with the mostess

Nuts and Bolts

The cookbook starts with a chapter on baking basics. This is where any beginner bakers get set straight on how to store ingredients, instructed on kitchen tips and hacks, and tutored in essential techniques.  Then it dives right in to breakfast goods, with everything from baked cardamom french toast to overnight orange refrigerator rolls. Morning classics are also included, such as the ‘bestest’ banana bread and featherweight blueberry scones.

Next up are cookies and bars, individually portioned for snacking or gifting. These personal sized treats will fly off the plate! Next time you have unexpected company drop in,  mix up a batch of peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies or a pan of  brown sugar shortbread and watch their minds be blown. Fruit desserts are another great option for entertaining. They have the benefit of sounding healthy, but being completely delicious. Personally, we can’t wait to try out the nectarine slump when the weather gets warmer.

Cakes are split into three separate chapters custardy cakes, everyday cakes, and special occasion cakes. This helps guide you to the right recipe depending on what type of treat you are craving.  Cold oven pound cake is baked without the need to preheat an oven, great for bakers who are in a time crunch, and the pumpkin pie crumble would be perfectly at home at Christmas dinner . Last to the party are savory baked goods. Filled with flat breads, pizzas, galettes, and more this chapter offers up hearty dishes for those cold winter nights.

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What to make

For your holiday party: Italian cornmeal cookies (pg 26), almond brown betty with gingersnap crumbs (pg 55), spiced parsnip cake (pg 95), olive oil and sesame seed crackers (pg 133)

For unexpected guests: tomato and cream cheese turnovers (pg 20), hippie crispy treats (pg 41), summer fruit galette (pg 61), chocolate dump-it cake (pg 95), olive oil ricotta cake with plums (pg 115)

As a special treat: blueberry shlumpf (pg 51), baked rice pudding with coconut milk and honey (pg 76), strawberry-yogurt snack cake (pg 87), maple persimmon upside down cake (107), heavenly molasses oatmeal rolls (pg 129)