Baking recipes

Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart, excerpted from Baking at the 20th Century Cafe by Michelle Polzine (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2020. Photographs by Aya Brackett.

 Baking at the 20th Century Cafe by Michelle Polzine (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2020. A glorious confection of ten airy layers, flavoured with burnt honey and topped with a light dulce de leche cream frost­ing. It’s an impressive cake, but there’s so much more. Wait until you try the Dobos Torta or Plum Kuchen or Vanilla Cheesecake.

Throughout her baking career, Michelle Polzine of San Francisco’s celebrated 20th Cen­tury Cafe has been obsessed with the tortes, strudels, Kipferl, rugelach, pierogi, blini, and other famous delicacies you might find in a grand cafe of Vienna or Prague.

Now she shares her passion in a book that doubles as a master class, with over 75 no-fail recipes, dozens of innovative techniques that bakers of every skill level will find indispensable (no more cold but­ter for a perfect tart shell), and a revelation of in­gredients, from lemon verbena to peach leaves.

Many recipes are lightened for contem­porary tastes, and are presented through a California lens—think Nectarine Strudel or Date-Pistachio Torte. A surprising num­ber are gluten-free. And all are written with the author’s enthusiastic and singular voice, describing a cake as so good it “will knock your socks off, and wash and fold them too.”

Baking at the 20th Century Cafe: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.   (more…)

Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Crust and Ganache

Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Crust and Ganache

Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Crust and Ganache, The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes: Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Every Fruit on the Farm by Kelsey Siemens. Photography by Kelsey Siemens.

The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes: Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Every Fruit on the Farm

Bake along with Kelsey Siemens, creator of The Farmer’s Daughter blog and full-time apple farmer at her family’s orchard. In this inspiring collection, she shares the ins and outs of a year on the farm, along with new and heirloom recipes, plus gorgeous photography.

Layered with crumbles, fillings, creams and curds, these impressive treats bring out the best in every fruit. Whether you want to take your pies to the next level with a braided lattice crust and creative flavour pairings, or just need clever ways to use your farmers’ market haul or garden harvest, you’ll find a bounty of delicious ideas and easy techniques.

Welcome spring with Great-Grandma Enid’s Rhubarb-Pistachio Coffee Cake and capture the sweet taste of summer in Blueberry–Earl Grey Cream Roll Cake. Celebrate autumn’s return with favourite flavours in Apple Crisp Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and warm up your winter with preserves and spices in a festive Gingerbread Loaf with Chai-Spiced Poached Pears.

Straight from Kelsey’s cozy farmhouse kitchen, these recipes turn everyday produce into irresistible creations that will have you looking forward to every season.

The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes: Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Every Fruit on the Farm is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Strawberry Layer Cake

Strawberry Layer Cake

Strawberry Layer Cake, The Barbuto Cookbook: California-Italian Cooking from the Beloved West Village Restaurant by Jonathan Waxman. Photography by © 2020 Ken Goodman.

The Barbuto Cookbook: California-Italian Cooking from the Beloved West Village Restaurant by Jonathan Waxman.

There are very few New York City restaurants that have maintained their currency, quality, and charm for as long as Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto.

For the first time ever, The Barbuto Cookbook invites home cooks into the history, culture, and cuisine of the Greenwich Village dining spot that became both a neighbourhood favourite and a New York culinary destination.

Jonathan and his team provide the necessary tools for re-creating Barbuto classics, including the famous JW roast chicken, the otherworldly kale salad, specialty pizzas, gnocchi, spectacular desserts, and much more.

Every recipe is a flavorful restaurant showstopper adapted for straightforward preparation at home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Waxman has held the position of chef and owner at Barbuto in Manhattan’s West Village and Jams in 1 Hotel Central Park. He has appeared on two seasons of Top Chef Masters. Waxman is the author of two previous cookbooks and lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.

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Glazed Bacon Chocolate Donuts

Glazed Bacon Chocolate Donuts

Glazed Bacon Chocolate Donuts, The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book by Sabine Venier. Photography by Sabine Venier.

The Chocolate Addict's Baking Book by Sabine Venier

Calling all chocoholics— to come satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in your all-time favourites and discover new ways to get your fix with 75 diverse chocolate-based desserts from Sabine Venier, the founder of Also The Crumbs Please.

Sabine shares standout takes on classic fudgy desserts as well as creative, interesting twists on treats that readers know and love, including Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Chocolate Brownies, Chocolate-Covered Tiramisu Truffles, Mind-Blowing Chocolate Fudge Birthday Layer Cake, Chile Chocolate Lava Cakes, Glazed Bacon Chocolate Donuts, The Ultimate Mississippi Chocolate Mud Pie, No-Bake White Chocolate– Mango Cheesecake, Earl Grey Chai–Poached Pears Dark Chocolate Cake, and Ultraflaky Chocolate Croissants (Pain au Chocolat).

Perfect for bakers looking for that next great chocolaty recipe or as a gift for the chocolate addict in your life, this book will satisfy every craving.

The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book: Crave-worthy Cakes, Cookies, Brownies and Other Baked Goods for Chocolate Lovers Everywhere is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Peanut Slice

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Peanut Slice

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Peanut Slice, Surf-side Eating: Relaxed recipes inspired by coastal living. Photography copyright © Ryland Peters & Small 2020.

Surf-side Eating

From the reward of a nourishing post-surf brunch to the simple pleasure of sipping a sundowner by the shore, this collection of relaxed recipes will evoke memories of the salty air and the soothing effect of time spent by the ocean.

There’s food here to enjoy from sunrise to sunset. Recipes include perfect ways to start each day from smoothie bowls to Baked Egg Hopper Pancakes with Avocado.

Enjoy vibrant salads or zesty noodle bowls for lunch and then gather around the barbecue at dusk to cook delicious food to share, including Chile Lime Chicken Kebabs, fish fresh from the day’s catch such as Branzini in a Salt Crust, and desserts that celebrate fresh, ripe produce including a crowd-pleasing Grilled Rum-infused Pineapple with Coconut Ice Cream.

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Focaccia

Focaccia, The Artisan Kitchen by James Strawbridge.

Focaccia, The Artisan Kitchen by James Strawbridge. Photography by John Hersey.

The Artisan Kitchen

Giving a modern twist to age-old techniques, this book shows how to master 25 different cooking and preserving processes, from fermenting to cheese making, hot smoking to sourdough baking.

Discover how to culture the perfect batch of sweet-sour kombucha; make a fresh-tasting chutney; dry cure bresaola; create your own unique sourdough starter; and slow roast over an open wood fire. Be inspired to experiment with more than 150 recipe ideas.

Embark on your next culinary adventure and revolutionize your enjoyment of food. Escape to The Artisan Kitchen.

The Artisan Kitchen: The science, practice and possibilities is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. (more…)

Foccacia

Foccacia

Foccacia, Aran Bakery cookbook by Flora Shedden. Photography by Laura Edwards.

Aran, Recipes and Stories from a Bakery in the Heart of Scotland

Aran is a beautiful cookbook from an artisan bakery in the heart of Scotland with the same name. In it, Great British Bake Off star Flora Shedden shares her simple, modern recipes and a window onto a picturesque life below the highlands, with stunning location photography and stories about the people and the place that inspire her creations.

With a clean and fresh design, Aran is both whimsical and contemporary, and would be a perfect gift or self-buy for beginners, established bakers, armchair travellers or any lovers of baked goods!

Sweet and savoury recipes take you from breakfast, through elevenses, through to your afternoon tea and after-dinner sweet treats, and include Poppy morning rolls, Twice baked almond croissants, Peach, chocolate and almond brioche, Poached quince porridge, Pork apple and sage sausage rolls and Banana, date and chocolate loaf cake. (more…)

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Bars, Bakerita by Rachel Conners with Mary Goodbody.

Bakerita

Rachel Conners began her blog as a hobby to share baking recipes with friends, but when she started to focus more on gluten-free, paleo, and vegan recipes to make things she could share with her sister, who was following a strict diet due to health concerns, Rachel quickly realized she was onto something. Bakerita surged in popularity as fans flocked to it for delicious and beautifully photographed recipes.

Interest in gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar–free foods continues to grow in popularity, yet there are remarkably few books available focused just on desserts, and even fewer with recipes that even beginner bakers can make at home.

That’s where Bakerita comes in, offering recipes for everything from breakfast treats like Lavender-Lemon Raspberry Scones, pies and tarts such as Chocolate Mousse Pie, cakes including Mocha Chip Cheesecake, and updated all-time favourites like chocolate chip cookies and strawberry shortcake bars, all made without any hard-to-find ingredients.

Bakerita: 100+ No-Fuss Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free Recipes for the Modern Baker is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Baked Rosemary & Nutmeg Nectarines

Baked Rosemary & Nutmeg Nectarines

Baked Rosemary & Nutmeg Nectarines, At the Kitchen Table by Megan Davies. Photography by Clare Winfield.

At the Kitchen Table by Megan Davies

Influenced by nostalgic meals and cooking for loved ones, Megan Davies has written this book for the eco-minded home cook.

She includes invaluable tips on how to make ingredients stretch; from potato peel chips to pickled cucumber and beets. Megan also features ways to turn leftovers into a new meal, such as a Roasted Fennel, Chive, and Dill Pasta Bake or Frittata, both from a leftover Raw Fennel, Chive, and Dill Salad. Multi-tasking recipes include brunch and late-night dishes such as Bircher Pancakes and Sweet Potato Baked Eggs.

Suppers for Sharing that can be scaled up to feed a crowd or down for a more intimate occasion range from Roasted Squash with Almonds and Tarragon to the best Roast Chicken recipe with Pan Pastry Croutons (plus, of course, ways to use up any uneaten chicken!)

From On the Side accompaniments and stunning Sweet Things such as Pot Luck Tarte Tatin this collection of ingenious recipes will give you all the inspiration you need to help run a more sustainable home kitchen, reduce your carbon footprint, and make the sort of small changes at home that can make a big difference to our world. (more…)

Warm Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze

Warm Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze

Warm Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze, The Secret Garden Cookbook by Amy Cotler. Photography by Alison Bickel.

The Secret Garden Cookbook

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s wonderful tale The Secret Garden celebrates its young heroine, Mary Lennox, as she brings an abandoned garden back to life. It also delights in good food, robust appetites, and the health and strength they can bring.

 

It describes a world where water, light, and loving care bring soil and plants back to life—and also one in which fresh milk, homemade currant buns, and hearty, simple fare renew and bring pleasure to the novel’s complex and fascinating characters.

 

Amy Cotler serves up in these pages 50 recipes, all updated for the modern kitchen, that are at once true to Mary’s world and completely appealing for today’s tastes.

You will find a bounty of baked things, including English Crumpets, Cozy Currant Buns, Warm Cranberry Scones, Jam Roly Poly, Dough Cakes with Cinnamon and Sugar, and The Best Sticky Gingerbread Parkin. (A parkin is a cake rich in molasses, honey, and sugar that often is served on Guy Fawkes Day.) There is the more-substantial and savoury fare for teatime and dinnertime, too, and for breakfast and brunch, along with drinks and snacks for the daily whirl—all guaranteed to keep the magic of this beloved tale alive for years to come. (more…)