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Appel and Torey are owners of the eponymous Manhattan bakery, which turns out the kind of white-cake treats that graced most tables decades ago. Retro deserts include Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake, made with Nabisco wafers, and Oatmeal, Raisin, Almond Cookies. These recipes are classics, with a few updated touches. Pecan Pie was handed down from a Texas grandmother; Magic Cookie Bars are packed with chocolate chips and coconut and sweetened with three cans of condensed milk. The unfortunately named Dump Cake is a throwback to old women's magazine recipes, consisting of cherry pie filling, canned pineapple, cake mix, pecans and butter. These super-sweet, mostly buttery items hark back to a pre-cholesterol eraAevidenced by Chocolate Chip, Peanut, Banana Loaf, which the authors describe as "healthy." A chapter on cheesecakes offers Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake and White Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake. A section of baking tips includes little new information for even novice cooks (e.g., advice such as measuring accurately and watching cookies carefully to guard against burning). The same can be said of this book as a whole: these recipes are good, if ordinary. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Mary Alice Kellogg The Shuttle Sheet The kind of old-fashioned time warp baking so good you'll wonder, is it legal?
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684859106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684859101
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Worthington on April 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I consider myself to be an avid and skilled baker/cook. I have been baking and cooking successfully for well over 22 years. I got this book and MORE FROM MAGNOLIA as gifts from a friend who is a big fan of the cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery in New York. I was very careful to follow the recipes exactly and I most certainly am not a beginner. The first recipe I tried was Magnolia's Vanilla Cupcakes. The cupcakes turned out okay; a bit on the dry side and I would have used maybe a bit more vanilla. I tried two more recipes (Devil's Food Cupcakes and Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake) just to give the books the benefit of the doubt. I used only the freshest, highest quality ingredients and I was extra conscientious when following the recipes and the results were still mediocre. The cupcakes were dry and the layer cake was bland. Old-fashioned is a quality I like in my baking but dry and bland are qualities no one likes. I have heard so much praise about the goods at the Magnolia Bakery that it leads me to wonder if the recipes in the cookbooks have been adjusted to turn out inferior results. The book itself is easy to follow, well-written, and laid out neatly. The lack of so many pictures did not bother me at all and the pictures they did include were beautiful and attractive. But the recipes are what matters the most in any cookbook. The results have been consistently just okay. I really expected a lot but I'm sorry to say I'm disappointed.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a teacher who has a dream of owning a corner bakery like the Magnolia Bakery one day. Therefore, I cook desserts for the faculty at my school at least once a week. Everything I've made from this book has received rave reviews. The day I made the apple walnut cake, two of my colleagues went out bought the cookbook for themselves. The caramel pecan brownies and the chocolate sour cream cake were also a hit. Also, the white chocolate macadamia cookies are much better than the ones at the mall cookie store. This book is a must have for every new bride!
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on December 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
You will find this book a great resource on basic baking items such as muffins, cakes, and cheesecakes. This is not the book for you if you are looking for something completely original, but is perfect if you are looking for really good recipes for standards. I liked that the instructions were extremely clear, there was no room for error when preparing the recipes. This is one of the most detailed books in this respect that I have seen. All the recipes that I have tried have come out well. I also like the fact you do not need exotic recipes for this book. Most ingredients can be readily found in your pantry. If you are looking for a resource for classic bakery recipes this book is for you. The page design is lovely, and there are many pictures to go along with the recipes.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By VA on May 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had read about this book on another website and was immediately intrigued by one of the recipes listed. It was an orange vanilla chip cookie that was supposed to taste like those old fashioned orange creamsicles. The day I bought the book and brought it home, I baked those cookies and took them to a bake sale at work. They were a big hit. I made about 5 dozen and they were quickly gone.
When I was mixing the dough, I thought the authors had made a mistake. The dough was very dry and difficult to mix. I had thought about adding extra eggs. I decided to go ahead and bake the first batch. They baked up thick, soft, chewy, and delicious. They didn't spread and become thin. They were surprising light-tasting and made everyone want more.
The other recipes look just as wonderful and I look forward to trying them all. They are simple, with no complex ingredients and the instructions are very clear. Even a first-time baker would have no problem with these recipes. The only complaint I had was that there were too few pictures.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By An Amazon Fan on August 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I must agree with others who found that the recipes simply do not work. I have been baking for over 30 years and have had great success with other cookbooks, but the recipes I have tried in this book are *complete disasters*. The cakes and cupcakes come out flat and dry. The icing recipes are very sweet and make very large amounts. I would caution cooks too not use these recipes for special occassions, bake sales, etc. unless you have first tried the recipes so you can make adjustments. In all fairness, it seems to be a problem caused by adjusting recipes to smaller batches coupled with insufficient testing. My supermarket flour and home oven have worked fine with baking recipes from many other chefs.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. Gutierrez on June 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What sweet treats Alyssa Torey and Jennifer Appel whip up in this wonderful cookbook! I haven't yet had the good fortune of visiting the Magnolia Bakery when in NYC but I've heard so much about them. I'm a sucker for classic old-fashioned desserts (Mexican family, loving the kitchen, all sorts of goodies, what can I tell you?) and got this book along with the "More From Magnolia". Well... in the course of only a few days, I'd baked about 5 different desserts from both the books. They're wonderful! The Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Buttercream was an especially big hit... marvelous!

It's true that this book is not a primer on baking and you should have at least a basic knowledge but the instructions are easy to follow and the pointers very helpful. I have to disagree with the reviewers who state that the recipes don't come out right. I love baking but I'm certainly no pro and I haven't had any problems whatsoever, neither have any friends or family members who have borrowed them.

So, yes, expect to be breaking your diet often with the sweet, sugary goodness that you find in between the pages of this wonderful book. Very, very recommended!
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