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Baked Occasions: Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays, and Informal Celebrations Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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Baked Occasions is exactly what it sounds like: a baking book dedicated to turning out holiday desserts. It is arranged by month instead of by category such as cookies or cakes. Some of the holidays are expected: Italian Christmas Cookie Cake on Christmas or Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake with Milk Chocolate Glaze on Valentines Day. Others are a blast and clearly illustrate the authors' sense of fun (as well as why I keep buying their books), such as: a Coconut Bundt Cake with a Dark Chocolate and Coconut Filling to celebrate Dolly Parton's birthday (January 19th, if you're curious) or Derby Cookies to celebrate the Kentucky Derby.
The book begins with the typical "user's manual" introduction: what pans and implements will be used in the recipes and what main ingredients will be most used. I particularly enjoy the anecdotes at the beginning of each recipe. It's always fun to find out where the authors get their inspiration and pick up tidbits about perfecting each recipe. The recipes are well-written and give ingredients by both weight and volume. There are a few unusual ingredients (such as a purple yam powder and some gel colorings that are all available on Amazon). I think this is a book for the moderate level baker. Many of the recipes call for several components to make a finished dessert.Read more ›
The only major difference in terms of style with this cookbook is the fact that there's no paper cover for the hardback. Otherwise, they go through all the kitchen tools and ingredients you'll need, including their specific preferences for certain brands in a few cases, with sourcing options at the end of the book. As before, each section has an overall story at the beginning, and then there's a cute little blurb in front of each individual recipe. Some of these recipes are quite complicated and may span several pages, but they have included notes with options for reducing the time (coconut sheet cake) or replacing a hard-to-find ingredient (purple yam in the Gonzo cake)
I was worried that there would be some "too similar" recipes, because how creative can two people be with four cookbooks in six years and lives to carry on? While there are definitely some obvious elements that are repeated across the four books, the recipes presented here are fresh and intriguing takes on their previously-established favorite ingredients (booze, coconut, chocolate, lemon, caramel, etc), with a couple completely different entries (Meat and cheese utopia easter pie). The inclusion of a vegan option - Hippie (chocolate) Cake is really nice to see. My lactose-free roommate is very excited.Read more ›
Always fun, always tasty. I keep their cookbooks and will never part with them even after I've tired of other cookbooks and donated them to book sales or given them to friends. Like all of the Baked cookbooks, this one's a keeper.
A strong sense of the nostalgic runs throughout, including homemade Pop Tarts, fruit crisps, buttermilk, sheet, and pound cakes, and if you think you hate tapioca pudding, wait until you've tried the chocolate espresso tapioca pudding with Kahlua whipped cream. There are also charming, witty interludes that give more insight into Matt and Renato's upbringing, culinary influences, and traumatic Halloween experiences (and mega kudos for mentioning the Sandra Lee Kwanzaa cake!).
"Baked: Occasions" also edges into "fancy" territory with several showstopping ombré cakes and a rainbow-hued icebox cake for Gay Pride ("somewhere between a semifreddo and a mousse, all chocolaty, whipped-cream heaven - only 100 percent gayer"). However, the recipes in "Baked: Occasions" are often multi-step and perhaps best suited to those who already have some prior baking experience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gift for my stepdaughter. She loved it. She has all the baked books.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book. Great receipes . Very happy with my purchase.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a fabulous book, both for the recipes which are challenging but fun, and for the witty, humorous and endearing stories that go along with them!Published 3 months ago by Gina S.
I always love their writing style in all of their books (I love the personal touch) and have owned the previous two and have keeper recipes from both of them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Policarpio
Way too many sprinkles used in the recipes. Also, authors couldn't resist keeping their political views out of a cookbook. Page 208 - "We are definitely not Republicans. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed the lst book more than this, though great authors, chefs; very entertaining, as well as a
good resource for baked goods with Pizzazz!!
Bought this as a gift and it was well received. Great recipes, thoroughly explained. If you like to bake, this is your book.Published 8 months ago by Joan