- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang (2010)
- ASIN: B005C1H7M6
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented
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The one problem I've run across is in editing. For example, in the grasshopper bars, one of the butter measurements is given first in tablespoons, with the stick equivalent in parenthesis, while another butter measurement is opposite. If I weren't paying attention that could have caused a goofup.
Then I was thinking about making the speculaas, and read through the recipe/instructions. The instructions mention cardamom, which is not listed in the recipe. A careful editor would have caught that. I haven't done an in-depth read of many more recipes, but this is slightly disappointing. But only slightly. If I could, I'd rate this a 4.5. Very fun recipes overall, and inventive combinations of flavors/textures/etc. Two thumbs up!
Baked: Explorations list of recipes does not disappoint. I book marked recipes I can't wait to try out. Baked recipes are not the boring , same-old-same-old stuff that has nearly identical results in most cookbooks. They have such a fun variety, with cute recipe twists. Like 'Nutella Scones', 'Orange Creamsicle Tart', 'Almond Joy Tarts', 'Chocolate Mint Thumbprints', Chocolate Salt & Pepper sandwich cookies, a bunch of cakes, and candies like a recipe for homemade 'Mallow Cups'. I am going to make their Sweet & Salty Brownies this weekend, and maybe for Halloween. I also bookmarks Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting, Muddy Mississippi cake, and Chocolate Hazelnut Spread.
I was worried this book would have repeat recipes, or recipes that would take the back seat compared to the first book. My worries are over, I think I'll celebrate with some homemade Baked brownies!
P.S.- I'll let ya'll know how they turn out :)
I made the Sweet & Salty Brownies a lil' while ago. I couldn't wait for them to cool to room temp, and I cut into it while they were still warm (not hot).Read more ›
I like this book but I could have liked it a lot more. If weights were included, this likely would be a 5-star review. As it is, 3 stars.
This cookbook delivers each and every time. My end product always looks just like the picture in the cookbook. I especially like that nothing has been overly sweet or rich. Recipes in this cookbook yield beautiful tasting desserts that are clearly made with love. The baked goods will make you shine as a baker. I highly recommend this cookbook.
Each recipe throughout the book comes with a "Baked Note" that gives some sort of extra tip or hint for that recipe. Many of the recipes have a picture accompanying them, and they're the kind of pictures that make you want to bake everything in the book all at once. One note - there are volume measurements, but there are no weighted measurements.
The first three recipes that I made were the three that I bought the book for and all three were sweet/savory or salty combinations: the pumpkin cheddar muffins, the cowboy cookies, and the sweet and salty brownies. The pumpkin cheddar muffins were very good. They were moist and had a nice, mostly savory, flavor to them.
The cowboy cookies were good oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I made a batch after they had been in the fridge for four hours, and they were on the crisp side. I let the dough sit in the fridge overnight before I baked the second batch, and the cookies were chewier and weren't as thin.
The sweet and salty brownies were a disappointment, though. I made them three times, and they didn't turn out well any of the three times. They were fine, but they weren't as exciting as I'd hoped they'd be. After reading other people's rave reviews, I'm not sure what went wrong when I made them, but they weren't as good as I'd hoped that they would be, and, while I like salty and sweet, the saltiness was a bit overwhelming. However, there are enough good recipes in this book that I still felt like it deserved a 4 star review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was satisfied and appreciate that there is an option to buy used.Published 7 days ago by Lorraine Beauchamp
Quick Delivery, I have a cookbook addition and I love this book.Published 22 days ago by Christopher Polfus
I feel disappointed. Compared to their first book, the writing seems contrived and somewhat arrogant. I wish I could get my money back.Published 1 month ago by Frank Varney
I haven't made anything that wasn't amazing...only problem is I keep going back to what I love..black and white, buckeyes and the best whoopee pies EVER.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fun read with lots of interesting recipes. Most of them seem easy enough for a fairly experienced home cook, although sometimes the ingredients are not what might normally be... Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. Mayowski
this book is awesome and very well written. I really admire their courage and baking skills. I recommend to everyone, from pro pastry chefs to the homebakers. Amazing!Published 12 months ago by Mister S