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The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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Beginning with the gorgeous cover photo with its embossed silver pomegranate edges, this is a beautiful cookbook that has pulled out all the stops. The six main sections, which represent the major Jewish holidays chronologically (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Passover and Shavuot), are color-coded, making it easy to quickly flip to a particular section. Beginning with a handy kosher baking encyclopedia that covers basic baking equipment and tips for cookies, cakes, tarts, mousses and pastries, you'll also find friendly advice on plating desserts, timing and planning holidays, and baking for Jewish lifecycle events.
I instantly fell in love with several of the High Holiday desserts, including the elegant apple and honey challah rolls, whole-wheat chocolate babka, and the babka bites. I found the dough for the whole wheat chocolate babka easy to work with; you use a combination of white whole wheat and all-purpose flour. The babka bites are great for impromptu guests or events; the recipe makes about 48 and they freeze well. Also, because these are individually portioned in mini-muffin cups, they're also less messy than handing out slices of babka.Read more ›
In the kosher tradition, dairy desserts cannot be served after a meat meal, which is why this book (and her previous one, The Kosher Baker) is a must not only for people interested in Jewish recipes, but also for those who are dairy intolerant. Paula received her pastry diploma from the Escoffier school in pastry, which helps explain the chic & understated perfection of her sweet creations.
The Babka Bites, which were labeled "moderate" because of the time needed for the dough to rise, will probably be the next recipe we try. We're big fans of the Babka recipe from The Kosher Baker, and these look pretty tasty. The Red Velvet Layer Cake is on our list, too. Also, I'm glad that Chanukah is so early this year, so I can make the Churros and Funnel Cakes - not that I need to wait for the right holiday to make the desserts.
I'd expect any Kosher holiday cookbook to have a good Passover section, but I was still impressed with the selection in this book. I will definitely make the Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes and the Flourless Chocolate Amaretti Cake for the next Passover, which sound good enough to eat the rest of the year as well.
In addition to the recipes themselves, the pictures are gorgeous, and the notes at the beginning and throughout the book really helped to explain the right way to make the desserts. So, overall, I'm very happy with this book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to impress their families and friends - and themselves - with delicious desserts for their holiday tables.
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I love this book and I bought it used in fantastic condition and I'm picky!Published 11 days ago by AH
I love the recipes.
The ones I have tried have turned out good and they taste great.
I recommend this.
The recipes look wonderful however I have not had a chance to try them yet so rating the book at this time is not really fair to Ms. ShoyerPublished 8 months ago by Randy Perlson
I bought this cookbook when it was first published, leafed through it and put it aside for Passover. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A Reader
The recipes look great although I have not tried any of them yet. I have tried many of the recipes in Paula Shoyer's first book, The Kosher Baker, and was very pleased with them.Published 10 months ago by Debra Green