- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062349805
- ISBN-13: 978-0062349804
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 130 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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About the Author
Duff Goldman studied at the Corcoran School in Washington, D.C., and was a young graffiti artist of some notoriety. He started working for acclaimed Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf while attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He studied pastries at the Culinary Institute of America and worked at the French Laundry under acclaimed pastry chef Steven Durfee, at the Vail Cascade Hotel and Resort, and at Todd English's Olives restaurant in Washington, D.C., before opening Charm City Cakes in Baltimore in 2000. Duff is also a sculptor and artist, and a musician who plays bass in the rock band . . . soihadto . . . . He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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His bar and cookie recipes look easy to moderately challenging. He's got easy bread recipes for people who've never worked with yeast, and more complicated recipes (sourdough, anybody?) for those who are ready. I'm both nervous and excited to try to create my first sourdough starter (which I didn't even know was a thing).
His cake decorating section I felt deviated from the overall aim of the book (i.e., easy and non-intimidating). I would have liked less info on fondant and project ideas, and more instruction on how to frost cake, do pretty piping with buttercream, and maybe some sprinkle work. I'll probably not delve into fondant work unless I take a class.
I'm most excited to try his cinnamon roll recipe and his Swiss buttercream recipe. Least excited about anything fondant related.
If you're worried you might not learn any new techniques, I'd still recommend you pick this up for the great recipes and the adorable narrative that Duff and co-author Sara provide.
Update: cinnamon roll recipe was easy enough to follow. My boyfriend complained that they were too sweet and needed more time in the oven. This is after I had already extended the baking time.
Popcorn ball recipe produced an addictive snack that I had to give away to get out of the house. Win.
The "good-a** fudge" recipe called for a candy thermometer. I followed the recipe precisely and my fudge never set. After several hours of waiting, I poured the chocolate goo back in the pot and boiled again, this time letting it sit at the temp and bubble for a bit longer. We'll see if it sets.
Tonight I made the vanilla birthday cake and American butter cream. Buttercream tasted like eating a stick of butter and the cake was a little dense and not very sweet. Great textures but no flavor.
I'm disappointed that while the recipes are precise, there seem to be flaws. I actually found a mistake in the fudge recipe. It calls for you to set up a bowl of cold water in step one, but never tells you what to do with it.
I originally borrowed it from the library and before my lease time was up I had already ordered a copy.
The book is concise and easy to follow. The explanations of the ingredients the variety of recipes and the inclusion of vegan and gluten free recipes as well is much appreciated. Also, the cake decorating section is "awesome". Yes this book should be titled Awesome 😀👏🏻
Recipes found in this book include twinkies, avocado cake (among louds of delicious vegan and gluten free Recipes!), pop tarts, and sour dough bread. So much yumminess....