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love the style, but not a lot of the recipes
on November 25, 2012
I love Baked Explorations, so I decided I'd get this one. The 10 ingredients all sounded like things I typically like, especially since I LOVE the salted caramel brownie recipe from BE.
The styling of this book is fantastic, I love the intro page for each ingredient. They are nicely done and filled with neat little bits of information and trivia on the ingredients.
So far, I have only made the pumpkin cheesecake bars, which were good, but the recipe felt poorly done to me. There was a lot of prep work for the crust of the bars, and it made directions like preheating the oven for baking the crust very out of place. There's at least 90 minutes of wait time before they ever make it to the oven, excluding the prep work. And the note about cracks meaning you overbaked the cheesecake seemed absolutely silly for something topped with frosting! This may be nitpicky but both these things just seemed odd to me.
Other than that, I find myself struggling to find anything that really stands out as worthy to make, especially compared to Baked Explorations. I was actually considering returning the book to Amazon after my first read through but the pumpkin cheesecake bars changed my mind.
The booze chapter is highly disappointing because it is nearly entirely whiskey. I would have liked to see at least one recipe involving beer and one involving wine, both are great for baking too. Instead it's a very small section that is dominated by whiskey and bourbon.
But I am giving it three stars, because there is a lot in here, and it might be better suited to other people's tastes. Perhaps you do a better job managing time and remembering what a recipe says, or boozy baking is irrelevant to you. All the Baked books have been fantastic, so even if this one ends up my least favorite, it's still got to have a few gems in it.