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Chocolate and Baking - Gina Steer

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Genre: Food & Drink / Dieting / Author: Gina Steer / Paperback / 384 Pages / Book is published 2006-02-28 by Flame Tree Publishing Co Ltd

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      05.07.2011 14:57
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      This cook book has delicious recipes, its a joy to bake them but you need some equipment.

      My cousins parents own a restraunt and my grandad used to bake wedding cakes. Its only natural that i became enthralled by the art of baking. I bought this handy little cook book for £9.99 off Amazon but right now its reduced to £6.99! As a chocolate addict, seeing this book was a dream come true! Now you will notice that this book is not A4, its smaller but i would say that it contains near enough 200 beautiful recipes. I haven't had a chance to try many of the recipes in this book but the ones i did turned out apsolutely fantastic. I dont know about you guys but i find baking very fun and a great way to spend my spare time.

      Since i never had a food mixer/processor or a blender at the time i opted for one of the more basic recipes.
      I tried to make the whipped shortbread. They didn't turn out great as well they were as flat as a pancake but they were to die for. Mmmmm... the smell of homemade shortbread!

      There are 2 different catagories of recipes. The first catagory is called baking, none of these include chocolate and tend to be lighter deserts. The second catagory is of course the chocolate one. There are so many recipes in this catagory and every single one of them are equally as delicious. Some of the recipes within the book are easy, some are average and some are hard which is great for beginners as they can work their way up the recipes until their mastering the advanced recipes such as the Dark Chocolate Layered Torte which has 6 different layers!

      My suggestion is that if you plan on buying this book then you really do need a food processor/mixer atleast and possibly a blender and a whisk of course. Nearly all of the recipes in the book require one of these 4 items and its a pain being restricted to the easier and more basic recipes as those are the ones which tend to not need any of these.

      The recipes in this cook book are very easy to follow and overall is great value for money especially now as the book is reduced on Amazon.

      This review is also on Ciao under the username Connor131

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      13.02.2010 17:46
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      Get it onto your bookcase!

      This little recipe book was gifted to me last christmas, and up until now, I haven't really had a chance to look at it.

      First impressions; the cover shows a picture of some wonderful chocolate cookies which look scrumptious! The book itself is smaller than most recipe books (it's a square, smaller than A5 sized little thing) but it's still thick and full of recipes. As the title suggests, it's focussed on the sweet side of cookery, with all the recipes being orientated around either chocolate or sweet things. The recipes range from the extravagant 'Rich Chocolate Cupcakes' to the homely 'Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies', with over 300 hundred recipes included, so there really is something for everyone in here. The recipes seem to get progressively harder as the book goes on, ending with a chocolate chip ice-cream recipe.

      I've only had the opportunity to make a few things from this book, but by far my favourite recipe is the chocolate cookies recipe. There are so many different ways of making chocolate chip cookies that sometimes you don't know where to begin, but the simple layout of this means that you can get stuck right in straight away. The recipe doesn't call for anything too complicated, it's simple techniques that everyone knows how to do and can grasp quickly. It also provides instructions for those who have a food processor or hand whisk and those who don't - so you don't need to buy any special equipment to make the things in here. Like I said, I made the chocolate chip cookies and they were a massive success. I cooked them for slightly less time than was recommended and they came out beautifully soft and crisp round the edges. However, they have hardened very quickly - which is not great when you've got 25 of them!

      The book also includes a section on hygiene in the kitchen and nutrition. These are both short, almost obligatory sections, but very interesting to sit and read if you have time. They are very basic and really stuff that people should know already - like you need to cook eggs thoroughly to ensure there's no salmonella lurking - but it's nice to have a reminder, and also turns the recipe book into something for the younger cook. I would say this book is definitely aimed at the first time baker, because of the layout, ease of access and simple recipes. The index at the back allows you to look up quickly what you want to cook and where you can find it in the book.

      I would recommend this recipe book if you're looking for a simple but efficient guide to making all sorts of cakes, cookies and chocolatey goodies. Even if you're into your flashy TV chefs with techniques coming out of their ears, this is a good staple to have on your shelf! It would be particularly useful for those just starting out in baking as it is well layed out and easy to follow.

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        18.09.2009 17:47
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        The simple book Chocolate and Baking

        This is a small and handy book for novice bakers addicted to sweet treats. The recipes are easy and simple to follow and mostly do not require any equipment that you wouldn't already have in the house.

        The book is well presented with a picture of the final product on the right page and the list of ingredients and simple recipe on the left. The pictures are realistic and I've found that if you practice enough, your end result should look pretty much as advertised.

        There is a large section of recipes for tarts and pies as well as some warm puddings and desserts that are useful for the upcoming cold wintery nights. One thing this book does lack is recipes for cupcakes, I believe there is only one cupcake recipe, which is a shame as this are usually something I love to bake.

        The book also has a small but useful nutritional guide at the start so that you keep in mind that you should probably eat healthily and not get too carried away in just making the desserts from this book.

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