Baking recipes

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…)

Raspberry Charlotte

Raspberry Charlotte

Raspberry Charlotte, French Pastry at the Ritz Paris by François Perret. Photography by Bernhard Winkelmann.

French Pastry at the Ritz Paris

Welcome to the universe of François Perret, pastry chef at the Ritz Paris. Savour sumptuous pastries and cakes: the famous honey madeleine, or the Poire BelleHélène en cage, and explore too this legendary hotel on the Place Vendome.

Perret writes about his inspiration for his top ten creations, and then five haute pâtisserie desserts are each interpreted in three different variations: as an appetizer (la touche), as a main dessert, and as a light, sweet finishing flourish (la sucrerie).

The book concludes with Perret’s favourite: marble cake nestled in its pretty box stamped with the name of the famous hotel; the dessert unveils itself like a precious gem.

French Pastry at the Ritz Paris is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.

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Crazy-Fluffy Buttermilk Sheet Pan Pancakes

Crazy-Fluffy Buttermilk Sheet Pan Pancakes

Crazy-Fluffy Buttermilk Sheet Pan Pancakes, Southern Vegan by Lauren Hartmann. Photography by Julie Grace and Lauren Hartmann.

Southern Vegan

Eating vegan doesn’t mean sacrificing satisfying homestyle flavours with this impressive array of southern-inspired plant-based dishes. This is southern cooking for a new generation. Rediscover the region’s most beloved dishes and unearth new favourites with this collection of 60 plant-based recipes by vegan blogger Lauren Hartmann.

Whether you’re from the South or just long for its flavours, you’ll be reaching for seconds of dishes like:

· Blackened Tofu Coleslaw Sandwiches
· Nashville Hot Cauliflower
· Cajun Brussels Sprouts with Cheesy Grits
· Jalapeno Hushpuppies with Sweet Butter
· Mississippi Mud Cheesecake

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Classic cheesecake with homemade strawberry sauce

Classic cheesecake with homemade strawberry sauce

Back to the Fure Dessert: McFly Cheesecake – Classic cheesecake with homemade strawberry sauce, reprinted with permission from GASTRONOGEEK © 2020 by Thibaud Villanova and Maxime Léonard, Running Press.

Presenting pop culture delicacies for both casual and devoted fans, this cookbook includes forty-two recipes to conjure up unbelievable three-course menus influenced by fifteen fandoms from science fiction, fantasy, manga, horror, and comics. Become a gourmet geek with this mouthwatering menu:

-A delicate “Impossible Soufflé” from Doctor Who
-“Sanji’s Special Pork Steaks” from One Piece
-The aptly named “Transylvanian Beef” from Dracula with roast beef, onions, and saffron potatoes
-A hearty “Vegetables of Yesteryear Pie” from The Lord of the Rings
-Specialty sweets and desserts: “Martha Kent’s Apricot and Almond Tart,” “McFly Cheesecake,” or the “Eye of Sauron Sabayon”, and more!

From comfort food to culinary classics, pop culture chef Thibaud Villanova’s imaginative recipes are sure to amaze and delight everyone gathered around the table.

 

Gastronogeek: 42 Recipes from Your Favorite Imaginary Worlds is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.

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Chamomile Panna Cotta Tart 

Chamomile Panna Cotta Tart

Chamomile Panna Cotta Tart, The Pastry School by Julie Jones. Photography by Peter Cassidy.

The Pastry School

Julie Jones is renowned for her highly decorative bakes packed with bold layers of flavour and texture. She is leading the pastry revival, believing that with a bit of patience and a love for food, anyone can create delicious, beautiful bakes.

 

A comprehensive Pastry Recipes & Methods section guides you through 10 different types of pastry with step-by-step instructions. These include loved classics such as Shortcrust and Hot Water, as well as a versatile Vegan and Gluten-free, that can be swapped in or out of recipes with a helpful Alternative Pastry Key.

 

Chapters include Fruit, Cream & Cheese, Nuts, Vegetables, Meat & Fish and Crunch & Crumb, featuring more than 50 sweet and savoury recipes ranging from a crowd-pleasing Vegetable Patch(work) Tart to stunning Vanilla Slices.

 

Dive in and be inspired by Julie’s delicate decorations and full-on flavours—these bakes are fun and achievable, with swaps and creativity encouraged.

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Genoise Cake with Raspberry and Cream

Genoise Cake with Raspberry and Cream

Genoise Cake with Raspberry and Cream from Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking by Caroline Bretherton.

What’s the difference between beating and folding? What should “soft peaks” look like? How do you line a pastry crust? When it comes to baking, knowing what an instruction means can be the difference between a showstopper and a soggy bottom. That’s where Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking comes in.

Each of the 80 classic recipes in this essential collection is fully illustrated, with photographs of every stage of the baking process. See what other baking books only tell you: how to knead the dough, rub together butter and flour, and create a pastry lattice to top a pie or tart. Then try your hand at more than 250 variations on those classics, or use them as inspiration to build on what you’ve learned and experiment with your own baking creations.

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