Davis, daughter of the woman who founded the renowned Pacific Northwest bakery Grand Central, shares secrets for 85 breakfast pastries, scones, cookies, pies and other baked goods in this reliable resource. Would-be pastry chefs looking for culinary showmanship will likely be disappointed by Davis's rustic recipes, but those with an appreciation for solid, buttery fare will be swooning over the results from recipes like individual bread puddings, Belgian waffles, Lemon Cream Sandwich Cookies and a rich Raspberry Port Trifle. Unfortunately, those results are always thoroughly described in Davis's instructions-not a problem for the bulk of recipes (tarts, cakes, sticky buns) but problematic for more unusual entries like Dutch Babies or biscuit-like Jammers. Still, Davis makes up for these occasional lapses with useful pro tips like how to freeze pies, pie dough and cake batter to maximize efficiency come production time. She also provides proper techniques for a range of skills, from dough handling to building and decorating the perfect layered birthday cake. Readers passionate about their baked goods are sure to find a wealth of favorites.
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“At last, we have a long overdue glimpse into one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bakeries. This book is comprehensive, fun, and enticing!”
–Cory Schreiber, founder of Wildwood and coauthor of Rustic Fruit Desserts
“The recipes in this book are just like Grand Central Bakery: brilliant but not flashy, tasty but not self-absorbed, and full of homey charm. You will be smitten!”
–Tom Douglas, chef-owner of Dahlia Lounge, Lola, and Serious Pie, and author of Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen
“There is a familial quality to good baking, a no-nonsense wholesomeness with the scent of freshly baked muffins. Piper and Ellen have captured this, as well as the wonderful style and character of Grand Central Bakery favorites. This is a practical and functional book that is bound to become lovingly tattered on your shelf.”
–Greg Higgins, chef-owner of Higgins Restaurant and Bar and recipient of the James Beard Award Best Chef: Northwest
I love the bakery in Portland, and cannot wait to make some of these goodies!Published 18 days ago by Michelle O
I purchased this book recently when we were in a Grand Central Bakery in Seattle, and I am NOT disappointed! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stella
This is a great cookbook for the home baker. Every recipe I've tried so far has turned out very well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by EverydayReader
I bought one Grand Central Baking Book for me and one for my culinary instructor and their program. I will use one of the recipes from this book and present it as my dessert for my... Read morePublished 17 months ago by kathy murray
I love the tutorials.
Picture guidance start to finish.
I author is a local girl(Goldendale, WA) I do LOVE that!
I know one of the co-collaborators--the food stylist and writer Ellen Jackson--so I had to get it. But I discovered that it's great literature. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Susan Bernstein
Every time I visit Portland Oregon I eat something at one of the Grand Central locations and dream about it for months afterward. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Luckyclucker
includes all the fabulous baked goods from Grand Central, clear and well written.
Formatted for easy reading, as many details as you want to create an excellent product.