Saturday, February 16, 2013

Baking Books

I received some great baking books as holiday and birthday presents, and I thought I would share them with you!

Handheld Pies: Dozens of Pint-Size Sweets and Savories (Amazon link)
by Sarah Billingsley and Rachel Warton with photography by Ellen Silverman

This gorgeous book begins with a chapter on equipment, ingredients and technique, and then is divided into four categories - free form pies, structured pies, jar pies (my favorite), and then nuts and bolts with different types of crust and filling.  I haven't made anything from this book yet, but I have enjoyed drooling over the gorgeous photography!  (Any glare you see is from my camera.  Oops!)

Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holidays, Celebrations & Everyday (Amazon link)
By the amazing Bridget Edwards of Bake at 350
Bridget is so talented, and her love of decorating cookies really shines through in this book.  She patiently shows all the steps to attain gorgeous cookies, and even how to make your own shapes with a template!  Look at these beauties:


The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible: Over 150 Techniques and 80 Stunning Projects
(Amazon link)
by Lindy Smith

This is so great for beginner bakers and decorators - the front of the book has fantastic tips for baking cakes, and how to carve and stack them.  Then it goes into making fondant and sugarpaste, and it walks you through beautiful projects like these:

And last, but not least, is Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey (Amazon link)
by Jill O'Connor
I have to say - this book makes me smile!  With names like "Not-So-Angelic Angel Pie" and "Chocolate Malted Madness," how could I not?  The recipes sound soooo delicious, and making chocolate cheesecake in a mug (with shortbread spoons) is just genius.


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