“ Author: Edd Kimber / Format: Hardback / Date of publication: 08 September 2011 / Genre: Cookery / Subcategory: Cookery Dishes & Courses / Category: Baking & Icing / Publisher: Kyle Books / Title: The Boy Who Bakes / ISBN 13: 9780857830456 / ISBN 10: 0857830456 „
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As a home baker and cake decorator I'm always on the look out for some inspiration. I'm a fan of the BBC's 'The Great British Bake Off' so when I stumbled across 'The Boy Who Bakes' by a previous winner, Edd Kimber I snatched it up at the absolute bargain price of £3.99! I already had a recipe book by previous winner, John Whaite (also reviewed) so I was hoping this would be as good.
The book is overall very attractive, a good size and filled with photographs of all the delicious treats that this book promises to teach you to make. It opens with the same old, 'useful equipment' but thankfully in this particular book it is limited to just 2 pages. This is followed by 5 sections, Cakes, Bars & Cookies, Pastry, Desserts and Ice Creams & Basics. All very clear and self explanatory. Each recipe opens with a personal introduction by Edd Kimber to why it is special.
I have flicked through this book many times, I browse recipe books like most people flick through a magazine and I'm always keen to expand my collection. I have to admit I haven't gotten round to trying out many of the recipes. I baked the fudge brownies for a bake sale and received no complaints and my brother happily devoured 2 in front of me.
I recently had a request from a customer for a fruit tart, my comfort zone lies entirely with cake but I thought I'd give it a go. One of the specifications was that the tart needed to contain Crème Patissiere and I remembered spotting this recipe in Edd Kimber's book and there is was under 'Pastry Cream'. I'd never even attempted it before but following his close instructions I successfully achieved my first crème patissiere, as any chef would I sampled it and it was delicious. I'm not a big fan of custards but this had a real fresh taste, was deliciously vanillarilly and not too sweet.
I'm definitely looking forward to testing out some more of his tempting treats and will be on the look out for more his recipe books at bargain prices including 'Patisserie Made Simple' and 'Say It With Cake'