Baker's Royale - Naomi Robinson

Baker's Royale: 75 Twists on All Your Favorite Sweets by Naomi Robinson is jammed full of desserts, but not just any desserts - these  desserts are modernized classic recipes or what I fondly refer to as Naomi-ized desserts. In 75 recipes for all seasons and occasions, the popular blogger turns familiar desserts on their heads: macarons get a s'mores treatment; pavlova is gilded with Snickers and brownies; profiteroles get a make over with pecan and caramel crunch and so much more. Naomi's book is one of my top cookbooks of 2017.

I've been a follower and fan of the blog, Baker's Royale, from the beginning way before the rest of the world knew Naomi was a star. Her food shots are what all photographers dream of shooting and her recipes are exciting and fun. For years, I hounded the woman about her cookbook (where is your cookbook!?) but life and a new baby slowed things down a bit. Baker's Royale, the cookbook, has made its debut and it is everything I hoped for and well worth the wait.

Naomi has a style that others long to copy in both her recipes and how she captures those dishes behind the lens. Her recipes aren't pretentious or fussy.  A simple Chocolate-dipped orange and Earl Grey shortbread cookie looks elegant and sophisticated under Naomi's spell. Measures are given in weight and volume and chapters are organized as follows: Cookies, Brownies, and Bars; Pies and Tarts; Plate-Scraping Cakes; Single Servings; Confections; and Cool Treats and each filled with desserts that will wow you and whomever you choose to share, if you choose to share. 

Special thanks to Naomi and Running Press for sharing the Bananas Foster parfaits with us today and for providing three copies of her book for our contest below.


Bananas Foster Pudding Parfaits
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This is one of those classic desserts to which I gave a modern update by replacing the pyrotechnics with a simple pan sauté. And then I flipped it into a pudding parfait and finished with brûléed bananas and a sprinkling of caramel popcorn for a crunchy fun finish.

Makes 6 (8-OUNCE/235 ML) SERVINGS

For the pudding

  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups (590 ml) whole milk, divided
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons gold rum
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the whipped cream topping
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar

For the brûléed bananas

  • 3 medium bananas, peeled and cut on a diagonal into 1/4-inch/6 mm slices
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) demerara sugar
  • 1 ounce (31 g) caramel corn


TO MAKE THE PUDDING: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup/60 ml of water to a boil, using the handle of the pan to swirl the mixture (do not stir directly). Cook until a dark amber color is reached, about 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully add 1 1/2 cups/350 ml of the milk, as the mixture will bubble wildly.

In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together remaining 1 cup/240 ml of milk and the cornstarch. Add the eggs and whisk until combined. Add the milk mixture to the caramelized sugar mixture. Return the pan to medium-high heat and cook until thickened, making sure to stir continuously, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum, vanilla, and salt. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool slightly. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface and transfer to the refrigerator to chill completely, about 4 hours.

TO MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip the cream and granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.

TO MAKE THE BRÛLÉED BANANAS: Sprinkle the cut side of the banana slices with demerara sugar, then use a kitchen torch to brûlée until browned and toasted.

Assemble the parfaits by evenly dividing the pudding and whipped cream among six 8-ounce/235 ml cups. Top with the banana slices and caramel corn.

Reprinted with permission from BAKER'S ROYALE © 2017 by Naomi Robinson, Running Press, Photos by Naomi Robinson.


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Amdona  on  12/9/2017 at 2:24 PM

    The salted chocolate chip pecan cookies look delicious

  • lgroom  on  12/9/2017 at 3:06 PM

    Mmmmm ... Strawberry and Earl Grey tart sound good.

  • mpdeb98  on  12/9/2017 at 4:10 PM

    Burnt caramel custard pie

  • ravensfan  on  12/9/2017 at 4:14 PM

    Apricot coconut bars

  • eileen2015  on  12/9/2017 at 6:35 PM

    Salted chocolate chip pecan cookies

  • matag  on  12/9/2017 at 8:18 PM

    Black and white panna cotta

  • jr0717  on  12/9/2017 at 11:20 PM

    The chocolate affogato mousse cake, for my mother. That's basically every flavor and texture she loves in one cake!

  • Ambrosia  on  12/9/2017 at 11:37 PM

    Raspberry Almonds Opera cake!

  • heyjude  on  12/10/2017 at 12:00 AM

    Fluffernuffer Tart

  • AnnaZed  on  12/10/2017 at 1:46 AM

    Monster cookie bark

  • skipeterson  on  12/10/2017 at 1:50 PM

    Mississippi mud pie

  • ktwalla  on  12/10/2017 at 2:55 PM

    Strawberry and Lemon Cream Coconut Cake

  • lpatterson412  on  12/10/2017 at 2:58 PM

    Strawberry and Lemon Cream Coconut Cake!! Beautiful book!

  • kmn4  on  12/10/2017 at 3:00 PM

    Cherry almond cake

  • Dannausc  on  12/10/2017 at 5:37 PM

    Cherry almond cake

  • RoseMGenuine  on  12/10/2017 at 9:00 PM

    Peach and bourbon lattice pie

  • contest718  on  12/10/2017 at 10:10 PM

    Salted dark chocolate chip and roasted pecan cookies

  • sarahawker  on  12/11/2017 at 8:50 AM

    Chocolate-dipped orange and Earl Grey shortbread cookies

  • sgump  on  12/11/2017 at 12:19 PM

    The black tea cake with blackberry lime jam and honey whipped cream sounds nice!

  • rchesser  on  12/11/2017 at 12:45 PM

    London fog blueberry hand pies!

  • maestra  on  12/11/2017 at 10:57 PM

    Caramel, pear, and walnut cake with crème fraîche whipped cream would be the first thing I make!

  • nadiam1000  on  12/12/2017 at 7:44 AM

    caramel popcorn cookies

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/13/2017 at 8:14 AM

    Fluffernuffer tart

  • sipa  on  12/13/2017 at 9:32 AM

    Peach and bourbon lattice pie

  • NaomiH  on  12/13/2017 at 12:37 PM

    Beer and pretzel truffles

  • JuneHawk  on  12/13/2017 at 8:52 PM

    Moscato poached plums over vanilla whipped cream

  • daniellespinato1  on  12/14/2017 at 1:19 PM

    Wow...everything sounds so good in the index but I'm especially intrigued by the burnt caramel custard pie.

  • kitchenclimbers  on  12/15/2017 at 2:58 PM

    burnt caramel custard pie

  • leilx  on  12/15/2017 at 8:06 PM

    The salted dark chocolate and roasted pecan cookies would be my first choice. I’m always looking for a better chocolate cookie!

  • t.t  on  12/16/2017 at 12:51 AM

    Chocolate mousse fudge brownies

  • tarae1204  on  12/16/2017 at 9:00 AM

    Rocky road cookies

  • RSW  on  12/17/2017 at 10:51 AM

    Caramel-filled chocolate crinkle cookies

  • tennyogirl  on  12/17/2017 at 11:55 PM

    Strawberry and Earl Grey Cream Tart

  • Siegal  on  12/18/2017 at 1:45 PM

    I want to make the graham Dutch apple pie

  • LaurenE  on  12/18/2017 at 2:31 PM

    Apricot coconut bars

  • stargirl  on  12/18/2017 at 6:37 PM

    Speculoos brownie cake

  • wjsisung  on  12/19/2017 at 11:43 AM

    Caramel popcorn cookies

  • bstewart  on  12/19/2017 at 3:14 PM

    Salted dark chocolate chip and roasted pecan cookies

  • eboos  on  12/20/2017 at 9:47 AM

    Caramel-filled chocolate crinkle cookies. Caramel and chocolate are two of my favorite things. Yum!!

  • ltsuk  on  12/21/2017 at 9:42 PM

    mini cinnamon rolls

  • jezpurr  on  12/22/2017 at 12:34 PM

    Hard to choose, lots of yummy recipes, probably something with chocolate!!! ^_^

  • Maefleur  on  12/22/2017 at 3:26 PM

    Oh my yes! The burnt caramel custard pie!

  • mishmash1  on  12/23/2017 at 10:18 AM

    Oh my....treats and favorite

  • mcrimmins  on  12/23/2017 at 10:29 AM

    Mississippi Mud Pie sounds great.

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  12/23/2017 at 8:06 PM

    Chocolate-dipped orange and Earl Grey shortbread cookies sound amazing, as does everything in the book.

  • BMeyer  on  12/23/2017 at 8:58 PM

    chocolate pear tart

  • stephanieyee  on  12/24/2017 at 12:47 AM

    rocky road cookieds

  • percussion03  on  12/24/2017 at 8:28 AM

    Burnt caramel custard pie

  • RickPearson54  on  12/24/2017 at 9:23 AM

    Chocolate Pear Tart

  • peglynn  on  12/24/2017 at 10:50 AM

    Chocolate mousse fudge cookies!

  • Patoliv1312  on  12/26/2017 at 10:29 AM

    I love the Bananas Foster pudding parfaits. Bananas Foster is one of my favorite desserts. Served with homemade Vanilla ice cream of course.

  • tararr  on  12/27/2017 at 8:44 AM

    Earl Grey shortbread cookies

  • sdg8trgrl  on  12/27/2017 at 9:18 PM

    Toffee ice cream with whiskey caramel ribbons

  • Uhmandanicole  on  12/28/2017 at 1:36 AM

    Black and white panna cotta

  • motherofpearl81  on  12/28/2017 at 7:17 AM

    Chocolate and raspberry ooey-gooey bars

  • verorenee  on  12/28/2017 at 4:02 PM

    Speculoos brownie cake

  • linmin  on  12/29/2017 at 11:06 AM

    Peach and Bourbon Lattice Pie

  • AngelaLCooks  on  12/29/2017 at 9:46 PM

    Caramel popcorn cookies

  • lhudson  on  12/30/2017 at 9:18 AM

    Caramel popcorn cookies

  • Rina63  on  12/31/2017 at 7:47 AM

    Mississippi mud pie

  • lascatx  on  1/1/2018 at 4:01 PM

    You had me at Pavlova and Snickers -- then I saw Strawberry and Earl Grey Tart. Might have to do two firsts at once.

  • EmilyR  on  1/1/2018 at 4:05 PM

    Kitchen sink cookie bars - dark chocolate and oatmeal!

  • sequoia55  on  1/1/2018 at 8:58 PM

    Speculoos brownie cake

  • auntietina  on  1/1/2018 at 9:31 PM

    Salted chocolate and caramel cashew clusters. YUM!

  • brigitm  on  1/5/2018 at 9:57 PM

    Chocolate affogato mousse cake.

  • jluvs2bake  on  1/6/2018 at 3:01 PM

    Chocolate-dipped orange and Earl Grey shortbread cookies

  • Julia  on  1/6/2018 at 3:20 PM

    Peach and bourbon lattice pie.

  • Scotsman61  on  1/6/2018 at 8:54 PM

    Beer and pretzel truffles

  • VeryVigario  on  1/7/2018 at 7:59 PM

    London fog blueberry hand pies

  • Karla123  on  1/9/2018 at 6:50 PM

    Berry blast smoothie pops for a hot summer's day.

  • orchidlady01  on  1/11/2018 at 2:19 AM

    Chocolate mousse fudge brownies

  • Laura1  on  1/14/2018 at 6:52 AM

    chocolate pear tart

  • smartie101  on  1/16/2018 at 4:12 PM

    burnt caramel custard pie!

  • lauriesk  on  1/16/2018 at 6:53 PM

    I would try the Chocolate mousse fudge brownies first.

  • laffersk  on  1/17/2018 at 3:33 PM

    Sour cherry lime pie

  • jmay42066  on  1/17/2018 at 10:16 PM

    Mississippi mud pie

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