Home Baking by Jo Wheatley – the title says it all »
Recipes from the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2011
By Laura McKinnon
If you are after a cookbook that contains recipes low on calories stop reading now. However, if you are in the market for a book that is about comfort food based around breads and sweets then read on.
Biscuits, bars, cookies, breads, scones, crumbles, tarts, pithiviers, quiches, pies and puddings are all part of Home Baking. It really is comprehensive, and showcases many different types of baking.
There are favourites like Triple Chocolate Cookies, Shortbread, Cornish Pasties, ANZAC Cookies and Rocky Road. But it also has some more creative baking ideas like Black Olive and Parma Ham Scones, Honeycomb Bars, Savoury Roasted Vegetable Cream Slice and Tempura Mustard Sausages. While the latter reminded me too much of Dagwood Dogs at the Melbourne Show, they were a hit with my husband and children.
One thing that must be said about Home Baking is that it has significant variety. It has special sections for baking with children so that the little ones can get their hands dirty while having heaps of tasty fun – the Owl Cupcakes are a real hoot and the Tommy Tortoise Loaf will give kids a new way to look at sandwiches.
There is also a section on quick and simple recipes for when you are short on time. In a world that is busier than ever it is nice to know that you can turn to a page in a cookbook and put something on the table that looks nice and is also tasty together in a short period of time.
This is super helpful if you often have friends dropping by without much notice. Rocky Road is always popular and an impressive quick recipe, as are Apple Turnovers and Fruit and Nut Brownies.
Supper Bakes, Teatime Treats and Special Occasions are other specific sections in the book.
Special Occasions contains recipes that are more suited to particular times of the year – Halloween biscuits that take the form of ghosts and pumpkins, Valentine’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Pots – because nothing says I love you more than gooey decadence – a cute birthday cake duck and an Easter Meadow Cake complete with pigs are among some to select from.
Any cookbook that can be shared amongst family members is a good one. It is accessible to all of the family and promotes good old fashioned family fun baking, but it also has enough variety to give a challenge to the more celebrated cook. And it definitely has the taste factor covered.
A well rounded and genuinely useful cookbook with a title that says it all.
Home Baking by Jo Wheatley is published by Constable and Robinson (United Kingdom, 2013; hc, 256pp) and retails in Australia for $39.99
Home Baking is available to purchase online via Booko here »
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