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Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers Paperback – February 15, 2011
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The original Small-Batch Baking also had a lot of recipes I wasn't particularly fond of for various reasons having to do with me being a picky eater. A chocolate-focused small-batch baking book? Absolutely perfect. It's just me eating them, after all; my husband doesn't like cakes and isn't all that particularly fond of most cookies either, and we don't have any children (yet). Small batches of chocolate treats for me to eat over a weekend make this book absolutely perfect.
Being the professed chocoholic she is, Maugans saw a need for a small-batch cookbook for chocolate lovers. And thank goodness she did! In the introduction to the book she explains that her go-to dessert choice is always something with chocolate. I couldn't agree more. Out at a restaurant I always go for chocolate desserts over any others. Often I won't have a dessert if there is nothing with chocolate in it. I, too, love chocolate and I know that I'm not alone. This is a book I'll use often.
Smartly so, Maugans begins the book with a chapter called "Small-Batch Chocolate Baking Know-How" which explains everything you need to know to start small-batch baking. From the equipment needed, to ingredients and measuring techniques, to storage of ingredients, it's all spelled out. Then the fun really begins. The chapters unfold from cakes and cupcakes; to pies, tarts, and cheesecakes; to puddings and soufflés; to muffins, scones, shortcakes, and loaves; to desserts that are "better with chocolate"; to holiday desserts, and finally liquid pleasures. I'd say the gamut of possibilities is well-covered.Read more ›
The book begins with well-written instructions on the equipment you need to succeed with this cookbook. Ms. Maugans points out full-sized implements, such a stand-mixer, are just overkill for these smaller recipes. Now that I've had the experience of working through a variety of the recipes, trust me, this is very true.
An enjoyable benefit to the recipes is simplified clean-up. On one day I completed five test recipes. I simply washed the small mixing bowl, beaters for my electric hand mixer and a couple measuring cups between each batch. Great results with less clean up? Now that's a real pleasure in the kitchen.
I do quibble with one of her equipment points however. The larger-size can recommended for some of the recipes is definitely the right size except for one problem: if you only need two servings of any recipe, you certainly don't need twenty servings of hominy or tomato sauce just so you can have the correct size baking tin. Fortunately, you have other options.
I found the sizes I needed in two different places. First, a local craft store had the smaller tart and spring-form pans in stock. They averaged about $7.00 each in Northern California where I live. If you are the kind of person who enjoys the hunt, however, I'd suggest visiting a couple thrift stores. I understand not everyone enjoys this kind of shopping--no worries, that craft store has just what you need.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would have given this another star if there were more pictures in the cookbook.Published 4 months ago by Kathleen R. Uelmen
The book's recipes seem worthy, but it's a real bummer there isn't a photo for each recipe. In fact, there are hardly any photos at all. Read morePublished 13 months ago by sasha s.
Great recipes and thank you for helping me make smaller portions. Is it bad that I am doubling the recipes???Published 16 months ago by R. Jones
a little hard to use, I world rather cut a cake mix in half . was not wroth the money I spentPublished 16 months ago by Karen Borkenhagen
Fantastic recipes, and great for 1-2 people. Did I mention the recipes are great? Yum!!Published 18 months ago by AlisonA
Just wonderful. Came earlier then expected and in great shape. Very Happy with purchase.Published 21 months ago by S. Cook
I bought this book along with her other baking for 2 cookbook. This one... is my favorite of the two. Chocolate recipes that come out toothsome! Read morePublished 21 months ago by LadyK
Great . Best recipes -- need a larger batch. Perfect size for watching calories. Or small bites on Friday night .Published on June 7, 2014 by dv