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Wish I Could Enjoy These Recipes More...
on May 10, 2015
My review is based on only two recipes I've tried thus far in this book. When you invest time in purchasing ingredients and actually preparing the recipe, however, even a few less than successful outcomes can be disheartening. I've made the triple chocolate cookies a few times, and each time was disappointed in them because the amount of chips totally overwhelm the cookie--leaving very little actual cookie. It's as if the only reason for the cookie mixture (minus the chips) is to simply bind the chips together. Way, way too much. Just grab a bag of chocolate chips--oh, okay, three different kinds--and down them and save yourself some time. The second recipe that disappointed was the "Banana-Nut Bread" I made last night. Even though I removed it from the oven after 50 minutes, not the specified 55 to 60 minutes, it was dry, dry, dry. Oh, and kind of lacking in taste. In fairness to the author, I did substitute 2% milk for whole milk. Also, I did not toast the nuts, and used all all-purpose flour rather than 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose and 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, neither of which actions would have impacted on moistness. I find it hard to believe that 1/2 cup of 2% rather than whole milk would affect the moistness that much. But perhaps I'm wrong, so I do welcome other bakers' opinions here. The lack of flavor, though can't be blamed on anything other than the ingredients used in the recipe. I realize it's a recipe for bread, not cake, but perhaps a hint of vanilla? The only way I will enjoy this bread is either to toast it and put some butter on it, or eat it with coffee or tea to help it go down. Being an artist type, I will say that visually the book is impressive. Also, good, helpful basic information about baking is given, which is great for beginners. I just wish I could enjoy something I baked using this cookbook more.