Even the most enthusiastic home bakers may admit there are times when they really only need a few muffins for breakfast or a couple of cream puffs for a dinner party—not a dozen or more of each. When standard recipes won't reduce neatly (how do you halve an egg, for example?), frustration ensues. Nakos, a Shape, Southern Living and Cooking Light contributor, takes more than 250 classic cakes, pies, cookies, cobblers, puddings and breads and downsizes their proportions to yield just the right number of goodies for small families, singles, newlyweds, empty-nesters or the leftovers-averse (do such people exist?). Nakos certainly is creative: she uses tin cans to bake two-layer coconut cakes and chocolate cakes, jumbo muffin tins for Peach Pie and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, and small loaf pans for Moist Fudgy Brownies. Meanwhile, a full-size loaf pan turns out Mississippi Mud Cake or Gingerbread Roulade, and one regular baking sheet does the job for Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti. Small-batch baking as formulated by Nakos is liberating: with quick mixing, baking and clean-up times, the whole process of producing, say, eight Pecan Snowball Cookies for tea time, or two Honey Apple Oatmeal Crisps for a sweet breakfast, is less overwhelming.
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The small cake recipes in here are great, but the brownie recipe is terrible. It is great to have the small batch amounts though.Published 4 months ago by Andrea
Small is REALLY small, like 4 cookies or cake the size of a small soup can....a little too small for us so either have to double these or half a larger recipe... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paula K
needs some work on the presentation to the public, it taste good but does not do good at home. for me.Published 5 months ago by Karen Borkenhagen
This is what I have been looking for. I started to read it and got some ideas.Published 5 months ago by OMD
Very helpful to make smaller batches with a very nice outcome.Published 6 months ago by S. M. Prinke