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Who would have thought that a good store would limit its customers to a specific number of cupcakes? Or that a down-home bakery, without the patisserie appellation, would have garnered such a following in sophisticated Manhattan? In the second of her cookbooks (following The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, 1999), bakery owner Torey adopts 75 easy recipes to home ovens--with the appropriate preparations, of course. Whether cookies or coffee cakes, cheese pies or ice creams, her sweet stuff is always distinguished by a twist in traditional ingredients--banana bread enlivened by coconut and pecans, or a white chocolate ice cream made crunchier with peanut brittle. Recipes rarely take up more than one page; directions are eminently understandable. Barbara Jacobs
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Located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, the near-shoebox-size Magnolia Bakery has become a destination for lovers of all-things sweet. The reason? From the beginning its owner Allysa Torey and her staff have offered cakes (and particularly cupcakes), pies, and other pastries that are utterly unpretentious but deeply satisfying in a grandmother-would-have-made-it-if-she-could-have way. More from Magnolia Torey's second book, adds to her already impressive recipe roster 75 formulas that range from Pear Streusel Breakfast Buns, and Pumpkin Walnut Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting, to Chocolate Pecan Pudding Pie, and Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Included also are recipes for signature specialties like Magnolia's Chocolate Cupcakes and famous banana pudding, plus a section on frostings and sauces. All are easy to do, even for beginning bakers, and all have the straightforward Magnolia appeal. --Arthur Boehm
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I did not purchase the first cookbook based on the criticisms of several disappointed Magnolia fans/friends. But, on a whim I purchased the second book. The cupcakes, of course, are fabulous. But it was the other desserts that ended up really wowing me. Torey is very creative, but not in such a heavy-handed way. All the recipes are classic with easy to find ingredients and simple preparation techniques.
So far I've made:
*Raspberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Buns (beyond words, fabulous)
*Pumpkin Walnut Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting (great for the fall, produced a very cakey, moist cookie--unique)
*Apricot Cream Cheese Struesel Bars (very good, but my least favorite so far)
*Brownies w/Caramel & Peanut Butter (Thumbs way up. My friends were on the floor after one bite. "Best ever.")
*Apple Tart w/Hazelnut Brown Sugar Crumble (Similar to a traditional Apple Crisp, but with an amazing crust and the hazelnuts provide great texture)
*Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust (So simple to make and a lovely combination of tastes)
*Peaches and Cream Pie with Sugar cookie crust (just as amazing as it sounds. The cookie crust could stand for a little improvement, but the filling was amazing.)
*Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (One of the best I've ever made)
I agree with previous reviewers that more photos would have been nice, but the delicious sweets more than make up for this single missing ingredient.