- Hardcover: 223 pages
- Publisher: Fireside Books; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (January 1, 2000)
- ISBN-10: 0739410172
- ISBN-13: 978-0739410172
- Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,398,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bake Sale Cookbook: Quintessential American Desserts Hardcover – January 1, 2000
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Brownies, seven-layer bars, Rice Krispy treats, fudge, lemon bars, chocolate-chip cookies--these are just a few of the unforgettably sticky standbys that every bake sale offers and that turn Sally Sampson's The Bake Sale Cookbook into such an irresistible read. There are seven recipes for brownies alone, as well as recipes for such classics as gingersnaps, snickerdoodles, and banana bread. While moms baking on a deadline will want to stick to the chapters on cookies and bars, more adventurous bakers will appreciate the chapters on cakes and pies, which round up several core recipes (for pound cake, coffee cake, and apple pie) that are easy, quick, and delicious. You'll find yourself reaching for this no-frills baking book more often than is good for your waistline! --Sumi Hahn Almquist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
In this refreshingly low-key collection, Sampson (The $50 Dinner Party; Recipes from the Night Kitchen) matches more than 100 "quintessentially American" goodies to that most familiar of fund-raisers. Tempting cookies and bars vie with coffeecakes, quick breads, muffins, pies, turnovers and cakes of all kinds. Sampson found her inspiration in many places. Jam Thumbprint Cookies were adapted from Joy of Cooking. The recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies "varies ever so slightly from the recipe" on the Quaker Oats box. There are also selections from friends and many have been reworked from recipe "treasure boxes" passed on by a friend's mother, herself a professional fund-raiser baker. Selections range from the ultra kid-friendly Peanut Butter and Jelly Drops and Rice Krispies treats to such adult pleasers as Hazelnut Shortbread and Greek Cognac Cookies. The standouts, however are the coffecakes. Some are scented with cardamom; others are enriched with prunes and sour cream or walnuts and rum. The recipe format can be annoying, as instructions are given in lengthy paragraphs rather than manageable steps, and for some reason, Sampson uses kosher salt in all her recipes. Also, the selections here are no more geared to bake sales than those found in any standard pastry book; certainly they aren't any easier or faster to make. Many demand lengthy preparation and clean up. On the other hand, the results are likely to be crowd pleasers, which is the crucial ingredient for any successful bake table, not to mention any brunch or dinner party. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've baked recipes out of all sections of the book but pies. The recipes have all turned out as represented, with no failures so far.
My greatest pleasure with using this book is that these are indeed quintessential American desserts, as stated on the cover. I get a kick out of some of the newer dessert books claiming to be American classics, but turn out to be made with whatever ingredient combinations happen to be in the current cooking magazines! Nothing exotic here, and the only expensive items will be the nuts and possibly some spices not already on hand. I consider this important in bake sale items, because I try to hold my cost per item down to a reasonable level.
I did read the one 'one-star' review from someone in Philly who stated these aren't really bake sale items and regretted lack of bake sale guidance. Well, I've been baking for bake sales for many years now, for friends with various organizations, and I really have never seen a trend. If I'm asked to bake, I just ask for a general idea of what they'd like to sell (i.e. cake, cookies, etc.) and then go on my own. In fact, I just finished baking 3 cakes on a Halloween theme for a bake sale today. So, I really don't see the point. . .
Anyway, these are treats that can be enjoyed by everyone, not just for bake sales. A great book for the less-experienced baker and also a good gift idea!
My husband made the applesauce cake with our children without any difficulty; some of these recipes are straightforward enough for beginners.
One caution I would add is that when the recipes call for a range of sugar, you might want to choose the lower end of the range.
I think the reviewer who disparaged the author for submitting others' recipes in her book may have overlooked the fact that most cooks benefit from others' aid. What cook works in a vacuum? I appreciate when an author is forthright enough to give credit where it's due. Molly Katzen is a famous example; she credits quite a few recipes in her cookbooks to the cooks who worked in her restaurant. I have no problem with a "group approach" when the recipe contributors are clearly acknowledged and those recipes were solicited because the author thought they were perfect for this book.
As for the peanut butter recipe, one can't expect the poor woman to try an item she abhors just to say she tasted it; what good would that do in terms of testing? And yet, what American bakesale cookbook could be complete without peanut butter? I think she did the right thing.
I give the book four stars only because four and a half is not an option; the book is, in my view, quite good. Give this a try if you have young children and a lot of bakesales ahead of you.
Go to this book for good, reliable recipes for all the classic American desserts. When you make this book's Snickerdoodles, you will feel that you have really made Snickerdoodles. This book's shortbread will please all shortbread lovers, the lemon bars are very fine lemon bars indeed, and the pound cakes (all three recipes) will satisfy your desire for real pound cake.
This certainly means that this book will be your go-to book for bake sales, but I think it also makes it a handy book for those of us who make dinner every day and like to include dessert sometimes.
It's a trustworthy cookbook.
The Banana bread is absolutely the best I've ever made, and I highly recommend the Lemon Glazed Pecan and Coconut Squares.
Some other delicious sounding recipes include; Fresh Ginger Gingerbread, Classic Butter Cake, and Three Layer Mint Brownies.
Ms. Sampson has included helful hints about where not to overbeat, how recipes were developed and option add ins or variations to some of the basic recipes.
What is missing is storage information with each recipe - how long it will keep- fridge, freezer or room temp and even pacakging for selling at bakesales would have been nice since that is THE premise of the book. Still it's a keeper and all the recipes I've tried have been successful!
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