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The only cupcake book you will ever need
1001 Cupcakes, Cookies and Other Tempting Treats - Suzanna Tee
Member Name: cerys82
1001 Cupcakes, Cookies and Other Tempting Treats - Suzanna Tee
Advantages: Comprehensive, great tasty recipes
There is a real trend at the moment for home baking and afternoon tea books. The cookbook market in particular is flooded with cookbooks, however I think this book may be the ultimate one, not least as it contains 1001 recipes.
The book itself is well presented. Hardback, but has a loose leaf cover which as with all cookbooks, I would advise that you would remove before attempting to cook as it will get messed up. The spine is quite flexible meaning that it is easy to put flat and cook from. Inside the book is really well put together and very modern and attractive, featuring attractive but clear text and lots of pastel colours and attractive photography.
There is a introduction which includes some really useful information to look at before baking. This include a guide to the 'star ingredients' of baking and tips on how to select the right ones for your use. Then it moves onto 'equipment and helpful techniques' such as tips on the equipment that you may need and instructions on how to toast nuts and melt chocolate. Then there are tips on 'assuring success' with your cooking some of which are general and others which are specific to certain types of baking. Then there are short sections on how to store your baking and presentation. Following this is a two page spread detailing recipes on 15 types of icing.
Then onto the recipes. Any particular two page spread has upwards of four recipes on it, often many more. The basic concept is that there is one recipe that is detailed in full and then one or more variations on that basic recipe to incorporate different flavours. For example, the first recipe is for 'iced fairy cakes' but on the same page are simple instructions to vary this to make them mocha, lemon, chocolate and nutty. Each recipe is clearly presented and the ingredients are split into those for the actual food and another section for the topping. A photograph accompanies each recipe which helps especially when trying to follow the guidance on how to decorate the cakes.
As this book has so many recipes, I will list recipes that I think are of particular note in each section.
Cute cupcakes and buns:
The aforementioned iced fairy cakes, butterfly cakes, gingerbread cupcakes, carrot and orange cupcakes, apple streusel cupcakes (amazing!), warm molten centred chocolate cupcakes (drools), gooey chocolate and cream cheese cupcakes, warm spiced apple pie cupcakes, strawberry shortcakes, sticky toffee square, cinnamon rolls, scones, Madelines, churros, saffron buns, doughnuts, English muffins, bagels,
Crowd-pleasing cookies and biscuits:
Chocolate cookies, cookies and cream sandwiches, classic oatmeal biscuits, chocolate Florentines, macaroons, lebkuchen (just lovely), fortune cookies, various variations on refrigerator cookies (essentially dough that can be made in advance and kept in the fridge and freezer ready for rolling out and cooking at a later date), chocolate fudge squares, chocolate mint cookie sandwiches, peach daiquiri cookies (yes these include rum), almond tuilles, lavender cookies, gingernuts, Christmas cookies including tree decorations, Viennese fingers, s'mores, various biscottis, oatcakes, breadsticks, cheese straws.
Blissful brownies and bars:
Chocolate brownies, black Russian brownies (with Kahula), nutty flapjacks, fruity flapjacks, chocolate peppermint bars, oaty chocolate caramel squares (gorgeous), chocolate marshmallow fingers, no-cook chocolate fingers,
Muffins such as the following: blueberries, brandied peach, Caribbean rum and raisin, spiced chocolate, low-fat, dark chocolate and ginger, wheatgerm banana and pumpkin seed, sweetcorn polenta, granola, carrot cake, jam doughnut, mini orange and cardamom, mint chocolatechip (my favourite), pumpkin, marshmallow, caramelized onion (!), chicken and sweetcorn, courgette and sesame seeds, Italian pesto, mini prawn and parsley, tuna and olive, tomato and basil,
Profiteroles, cinnamon knots, croissants, apple Danish (and variations), strawberry tartlets, apple strudel with cider sauce (firmly on my to doo list), fudge variations, macaroons, petis fours, baklava, Chocolate Easter egg nests (these take me back!), bakewell slices, Italian baked sweet ravioli, peppermint creams (which I absolutely adore and are an absolute keeper of a recipe), brandy snaps, truffles, chocolate ice cream bites, Honeycomb toffee, meringues, chocolate mousse.
I think it goes without saying after what I have listed above that this is a hugely varied and comprehensive book. I bought mine from The Works for the absolute bargain price of £6.99. The sheer number of recipes means that you would never run out of ideas. I have done several recipes from this book, mainly cupcakes and muffins and found them to be easy to follow and producing really good results. The variety of different styles included mean that you can gain a lot of new different skills. Also, they vary in difficulty, and by difficulty I largely mean how fiddly they are to make.
A particular bonus to me is that they have opted for a lot of savoury options as well which makes this book even more versatile as the savoury muffins in particular can prove a particularly quick breakfast when prepared in the days before.
With keeping your storecupboard up with the basic ingredients, I have found that you can bake things up at basically anytime depending on what else, sweet or savoury, that you happen to have lying around. I think that this would also be an excellent book for parents wanting to get their children involved in baking for the first time, they would probably get particular enjoyment from the decoration aspects.
I think the book itself is really attractively presented and something that I often just flick through to get ideas. I envisage getting years of enjoyment out of this book and am really impressed that something with so many recipes at such a low prices is so well put together with a vast number of really tasty and useful recipes .
Summary: One of my essential cookbooks
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