Table of Contents Introduction Tips for Successful Baking Using Standard Measures Other Useful Equivalents Ingredient Replacements Important Ingredients in Baking Baking That Perfect Cake How to Freeze Cakes Chocolate Cakes Frosting and Icing Butter Frosting Chocolate Butter Frosting How to Apply a Frosting to the Cake Cake Icing Equipment Decorating Your Cake Biscuits and Cookies Mixing Tips Basic Biscuits Biscuits Variations Ready-Made Mix for Pancakes, Waffles, or Biscuits Tea Biscuits Pancakes and Waffles Muffins Plain Muffins Wheat Germ Muffins Freshly Baked Bread Baking Fresh Bread How Do You Get the Right Flour Consistency? Shaping the Dough Making Plaits Dinner Rolls Mini Cottage Loaves Testing the Bread Making a Cheese Loaf Perfect Bread Tips Perfect Pies Understanding Pastry Quantities Making the Pastry Chilling the Dough – Yes or No; That Is the Question Rolling out Pastry Lining your flan Ring Baking Your Pastry – Blind Baking Finishing Touches Sausage and herb Pie Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction Nobody knows when baking became a part of mankind’s culinary history, but this tradition, along with boiling, frying, broiling, stewing, etc. has been long known to help man cook his bread in an oven. Baking was just not restricted to making bread; you made biscuits, patties, pancakes, cakes, pies, and anything you wished with some oil, flour, eggs, milk and other healthy ingredients made up into a batter. After that, you just put it in a pan, put it in the oven, and allowed the heat to work its magic. Many of the baking recipes being used in grandma’s time, – and even before her time – have been passed down through the ages for generations. Not only were they tested and proven and eaten regularly, they were for the most part simple and yet unusual. In nearly all of them, the only ingredients needed were basic items which grandma kept on hand at all times. The modern-day bakery with its wide selection of readymade cakes and pastries and also food manufacturers, turning out new package mixes and delicious frozen delicacies have taken much of the fun out of home baking. So is it a surprise that not many youngsters of the coming generations bother much about learning how to cook, especially baking. That is because all these ready-made goods are wonderfully convenient and inviting, but most homemakers still enjoy home baking, now and then, when they have the time, energy and inclination. So it does not matter whether you are an experienced home Baker or just a newbie starting out to learn the really interesting new activity of home baking – this book is going to give you plenty of tips and techniques, where you can take full advantage of improved ingredients, reliable recipes, laborsaving appliances and controlled temperature equipment to help you bake that perfect cake. Each time, every time. That means you can have your cake and eat it too.
Country Comfort’s Complete Book of Home Baking is a keepsake recipe collection featuring a diverse selection of traditional and international baked favorites. Whether you’re baking for a holiday or are looking for a tasty dessert for a family dinner, this cookbook has everything you need to create heartfelt and memorable food traditions. The Complete Book of Home Baking includes over 100 delicious recipes and accompanying anecdotes from cooks across the country. From savory quiches and tarts to sweet cookies and cakes, The Complete Book of Home Baking is sure to provide you and your family with an endless variety of recipes for all occasions. Some of the wonderful recipes featured in The Complete Book of Home Baking include Traditional Apple Pie, Creamy Chocolate Mint Brownies, Italian Cassata Cream Cake, Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins, Rustic Three Cheese Tart, Nova Scotia Seafood Quiche, Challah Bread, Whole-Wheat Raisin Bread, and many more! The Complete Book of Home Baking also includes: • Bonus all-purpose recipes for cakes, frostings, and crusts • Tips and tricks for making common baked goods such as muffins, breads, and cookies • Essentials to stock in your kitchen to help you make delicious baked dishes at a moment’s notice • A customized meal and menu planner • And more... Eating at home saves money, strengthens family bonds, and allows for creativity in cooking. Whether you’re a beginner who prefers easy-to-follow recipes or an experienced chef looking to expand your culinary horizons, Country Comfort’s Complete Book of Home Baking is your go-to guide for flavorful and timeless recipes.
Family & Relationships by Wilma Martin and Gwenda Davis
About ten years ago, Mum gave me two of her old exercise books, which contained a lot of handwritten recipes she had collected since 1953. I transcribed these, to preserve them for posterity, as the ink was fading and was diffi cult to read. I remember using these books as a teenager on the farm, baking on weekends to fill the cookie jar and make some cakes for the farm hands. As a lover of good home baking, Mum’s recipes have always been there to produce some of those nostalgic smells of freshly baked cakes and biscuits. I loved baking for my kids when they were growing up, and they always preferred Mum’s baked cakes and biscuits over anything bought from the supermarkets. Mum has seen it all whilst on the farm. She’s been through droughts and fl oods, good and bad times, and has had her share of adversities. She is a survivor of breast cancer and is currently cancer-free. She has been an inspiration to all of us growing up, and this is one way of giving a little of that back. I have three sisters, and we all cannot stress enough to all women to keep vigilant with self examination and mammograms, as early detection will equal early intervention and good outcomes. I use a lot of these recipes for fundraisers.
When Meg Rivers' young children clamoured for a sweet treat, she was reluctant to give them commercial bakes made with artificial flavours, preservatives and colours. She started to bake her own wholesome cakes, traybakes and cookies using good-quality ingredients. Word spread about how delicious these treats were and her friends began to place orders. When she got her first order for a cake to be sent to Africa she decided to turn her hobby into a mail-order business and Meg Rivers Artisan Bakery was born. After Meg's death in 2001, family friend Julian Day took over the running of the bakery. In this artisan cookbook, Julian has collected the bakery's most popular recipes - inspired by English afternoon-tea classics, but with a sprinkling of influences from elsewhere in the world. There are chapters on Family Cakes, Small Cakes, Traybakes, Cookies, Loaves and Tarts, and recipes for Ginger Cake, Wheat-free Chocolate & Hazelnut Torte, Flapjacks, Amaretti Cookies, Apricot & Nut Loaf, and Lemon Tart. Julian Day has lived and worked in Warwickshire almost all his life. He ran his own food wholesaling business for many years, then in 2001 he was approached to acquire the mail-order bakery business of Meg Rivers Cakes. Establishing a new bakery in a converted cow shed near Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, he began production using the original Meg Rivers recipes. He continues to run the business with the help of two of his four daughters.
Presents more than two hundred baking recipes from around the world, including Taipei coconut buns, Moroccan biscotti, and Tibetan Overnight skillet breads, in a collection complemented by photography and personal anecdotes.