Rose's Baking Basics by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Rose Levy Beranbaum about her latest cookbook, Rose's Baking Basics: 100 Essential Recipes, with More Than 600 Step-by-Step Photos.  Below, I will share some details from that wonderful experience as well as provide you with a review of this must-have book for cookbook lovers and bakers alike.

Rose's Baking Basics was written with the novice baker in mind but presented in a way that experienced bakers will appreciate and value. What is noticed immediately are the wealth of photographs which detail each step of the recipe process. The amount of work that went into the photography alone is staggering. I am an experienced baker and following Rose's recipes in this title is effortless.

As in all of Rose's books, measurements are given in weights and volume but here she also lays out mise en place instructions as well as countless details to ensure success. Tips are scattered throughout and called "baking pearls." Do you want to know how far Rose will go to make sure you deliver perfect results? She has provided us with the approximate weight of final batters - just in case we may have forgotten an ingredient, such as sugar. I will admit that I have made that error before. So each cookie bakes perfectly and each cake layer is even. 

Rose is known for preciseness and Rose's Baking Basics is her gift to her fans of recipes that are perfected - her best pie crust (flaky perfection), best yellow cake, and so forth. Which recipes are her favorites: Triple lemon cake, Flourless chocolate cake, and the Chocolate caramel tart (especially the Dark chocolate caramel tart variation) to name a few. For the event, I made Rose's chocolate chip cookies and they were a huge success both at home and at the bookstore. Rose wants the ingredients to shine through and her recipes limit sugar and salt - to the level necessary for delicious results.

Of course, I had to ask Rose about cookbooks and she has quite the collection. Who are her favorites? Yotam Ottolenghi, Helen Goh, Erin McDowell (who styled Rose's Baking Basics), Jean Anderson's Doubleday Cookbook and of course works by Julia Child and Paula Wolfert.

What's next for Rose? She shared that before she left for her current book tour, she turned in her manuscript for her next title. Look for Rose's book on ice cream due out in 2020. Next books will be a tome devoted to wedding cakes and then a memoir. Rose is a great story-teller - her memoir will be fantastic. Of course, she keeps up with her blog which is indexed for our members and shares numerous videos, links to her Craftsy class and more. I don't think the woman sleeps.

Besides baking, cooking and writing, Rose also spends time on perfecting kitchen products. I have her Perfect Pie Plate which helps those who are crimping impaired to achieve a beautiful crust. 

Her latest endeavor is her Signature Series which includes products that produce ultimate results include, but is not limited to, these items: 

There is also a cherry pitter, mini roller and other products in the works. Rose's manufacturer, American Products Group, Inc., is offering a set of her Trinity spatula set to three members in our giveaway below (in addition to the publisher, Houghton Mifflin, providing three copies of her cookbook).  

Our will take you inside Rose's book so that you will see the detail provided to each recipe. This preview features the following

Just a reminder, this title is one of our main selections in the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club this fall. And in case you missed the mention above, Rose is on tour so be sure to check out our calendar to see if she is coming to your area. 

Special thanks to Rose for her time and generosity and to Houghton Mifflin and American Products Group for their efforts in our giveaway below.


The publisher is offering three copies of this book and American Products Group is providing three sets of Rose's Trinity spatula set to EYB Members in the US and Canada. Two of the entry options is to answer the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

What product of Rose's line at American Products Group would you like to try?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on November 18th, 2018.

163 Comments

  • FireRunner2379  on  10/3/2018 at 6:19 PM

    I'd like to try the Date nut roll cookies.

  • rchesser  on  10/3/2018 at 6:19 PM

    Sweet chocolate cookie tart crust (Chocolate pâte sucrée).

  • FireRunner2379  on  10/3/2018 at 6:21 PM

    I'd like to try Rose's Magic Rolling Pin.

  • Kristjudy  on  10/3/2018 at 6:28 PM

    Triple lemon velvet cake

  • lauriesk  on  10/3/2018 at 6:32 PM

    I would make the BlueRaspberry crisp.

  • mcrimmins  on  10/3/2018 at 6:35 PM

    Chocolate Wafers sound good.

  • lauriesk  on  10/3/2018 at 6:36 PM

    I would try Rose's Fast Tracks Rolling Rails.

  • rlmolnar  on  10/3/2018 at 6:39 PM

    Deeply Chocolate Biscotti and the Magic Dough Pastry Mat.

  • Kristjudy  on  10/3/2018 at 6:40 PM

    I would love to try the rolling rails

  • cookshelf58  on  10/3/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Date nut roll cookies; Rose's Magic Dough Mat

  • smartie101  on  10/3/2018 at 7:04 PM

    Deluxe Puffs

  • theheritagecook  on  10/3/2018 at 7:08 PM

    My husband would love to have her biscotti!

  • Maefleur  on  10/3/2018 at 7:43 PM

    I would like to try the marzipan cookies!

  • ebs  on  10/3/2018 at 8:02 PM

    Cream cheese crunch pound cake

  • Mariarosa  on  10/3/2018 at 8:15 PM

    I can't resist lemon butter squares. And I'd love to try the Magic Dough Mat!

  • Roxy12  on  10/3/2018 at 8:40 PM

    Triple Lemon Velvet Bundt Cake—we have a nice Meyer lemon crop right now!

  • ADeeRD  on  10/3/2018 at 9:17 PM

    I would like to try her Date Nut Roll cookies- dates are so good in baked goods. I would also like to try her rolling pin- its nonstick and looks innovative.

  • ToPieFor  on  10/3/2018 at 9:22 PM

    Buttermilk cupcakes and I'd love to try the Magic Dough Pastry Mat.

  • kristinthiel  on  10/3/2018 at 9:58 PM

    My lemons are starting to come out so definitely the Triple Lemon Velvet bunds cake!

  • kristinthiel  on  10/3/2018 at 10:00 PM

    Oops I mean Triple Lemon Velvet bundt cake, darn auto correct, lol!

  • prairieschooner1  on  10/3/2018 at 10:06 PM

    Rugelach

  • tennyogirl  on  10/3/2018 at 11:21 PM

    Walnut powder puffs

  • demomcook  on  10/3/2018 at 11:30 PM

    Babka swirl loaf

  • tennyogirl  on  10/3/2018 at 11:36 PM

    Rose's Fast Tracks

  • lpatterson412  on  10/3/2018 at 11:55 PM

    French chocolate tart! I also would love to try Rose's fast tracks!

  • riley  on  10/4/2018 at 12:55 AM

    Rose's Fast Tracks and Marzipan Cookies

  • vickster  on  10/4/2018 at 6:52 AM

    Triple Lemon Velvet Bundt Cake

  • ravensfan  on  10/4/2018 at 7:21 AM

    Molasses sugar butter cookies

  • ravensfan  on  10/4/2018 at 7:23 AM

    Rose's Fast Tracks Rolling Rails

  • kmn4  on  10/4/2018 at 8:33 AM

    Triple lemon velvet bundt cake

  • kmn4  on  10/4/2018 at 8:37 AM

    Fast Tracks Dough Thickness Rails

  • rchesser  on  10/4/2018 at 10:44 AM

    Roses's Magic Dough Pastry Mat.

  • matag  on  10/4/2018 at 11:27 AM

    Rose’s magic dough mat

  • matag  on  10/4/2018 at 11:28 AM

    Beer Bread

  • MittenRD  on  10/4/2018 at 1:47 PM

    Triple Lemon cake! :-)

  • eatysmith  on  10/4/2018 at 4:04 PM

    Rose's rugelach!

  • eatysmith  on  10/4/2018 at 4:07 PM

    "Visit American Product Groups and leave a comment about which of Rose's Signature line you would like to try." Rose's Pie Recipe Deck!

  • JRumi  on  10/4/2018 at 4:50 PM

    Blue raspberry crisp

  • JRumi  on  10/4/2018 at 4:52 PM

    Rose’s Magic Rolling Pin

  • sgump  on  10/4/2018 at 6:27 PM

    'Tis the season--I'd try the apple pie!

  • jr0717  on  10/4/2018 at 10:19 PM

    The Glazed mocha chiffon sounds divine!

  • jr0717  on  10/4/2018 at 10:20 PM

    I'd try the magic rolling pin first!

  • Whyvette  on  10/4/2018 at 11:14 PM

    I’d like to try the chocolate spangled meringue kisses and Rose’s Magic Dough Rolling Mar.

  • sipa  on  10/5/2018 at 11:37 AM

    Peaches and cream kuchen

  • Siegal  on  10/5/2018 at 2:34 PM

    I want to make the swirl babka

  • jmay42066  on  10/5/2018 at 9:39 PM

    Apple galette

  • jmay42066  on  10/5/2018 at 9:45 PM

    Rose's Magic Dough Mat

  • t.t  on  10/6/2018 at 2:02 AM

    Japanese milk bread

  • t.t  on  10/6/2018 at 2:04 AM

    Rose's Fast Tracks

  • heyjude  on  10/6/2018 at 2:33 AM

    Clinton St Brookies

  • heyjude  on  10/6/2018 at 2:34 AM

    I'd love the rolling pin.

  • debbiehb  on  10/6/2018 at 5:40 AM

    Classic spritz cookies

  • antpantsii  on  10/6/2018 at 6:48 AM

    My Best Brownies- with cream cheese in the ingredients it must be good!

  • Frogcake  on  10/6/2018 at 8:21 AM

    Triple lemon velvet cake is one of many I’m going to try.

  • Lmocooks  on  10/6/2018 at 9:40 AM

    Apple Galette

  • Lmocooks  on  10/6/2018 at 9:41 AM

    I'd like the Magic Dough Pastry Mat

  • Laura1  on  10/6/2018 at 10:49 AM

    rugalach and the magic dough pastry mat

  • mpdeb98  on  10/6/2018 at 10:49 AM

    Lemon butter squares and the Magic Rolling Pin

  • milgwimper  on  10/6/2018 at 12:25 PM

    Marzipan Cookies and the Fast tracks.

  • BMeyer  on  10/6/2018 at 12:34 PM

    chocolate caramel tart

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  10/6/2018 at 12:59 PM

    Frozen pecan tart.

  • LaurenE  on  10/6/2018 at 11:16 PM

    Rose's Fast Tracks Rolling Rails

  • KittyPride  on  10/7/2018 at 1:02 AM

    I would make Triple lemon velvet bundt cake first.

  • CassieD82  on  10/7/2018 at 4:25 AM

    Scottish shortbread cookies!

  • hirsheys  on  10/7/2018 at 8:14 AM

    I would make the pate sucre and buy the baking mat to roll it on!

  • amandabeck  on  10/7/2018 at 12:09 PM

    peanut butter cream cheese frosting (and I guess some chocolate cake to go with!)

  • amandabeck  on  10/7/2018 at 12:09 PM

    peanut butter cream cheese frosting (and I guess some chocolate cake to go with!)

  • janv  on  10/7/2018 at 3:53 PM

    some great Coffee buttercream would be nice

  • janv  on  10/7/2018 at 3:56 PM

    roses Magic Dough Mat

  • MiMi60  on  10/7/2018 at 5:04 PM

    I would like to try a Apple galette and I would like to have Rose’s All-American Pie Kit

  • choppergirl  on  10/7/2018 at 5:37 PM

    Chocolate spangled meringue kisses

  • choppergirl  on  10/7/2018 at 5:41 PM

    The magic rolling pin

  • RGolding  on  10/7/2018 at 9:06 PM

    I'd love to make the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies and I'd love to have Rose's Perfect Pie Pan.

  • sipa  on  10/8/2018 at 12:00 PM

    Babka swirl loaf

  • jennycooks1971  on  10/9/2018 at 1:42 PM

    Milk chocolate caramel tart

  • sarahawker  on  10/9/2018 at 1:47 PM

    Scottish shortbread cookies

  • sarahawker  on  10/9/2018 at 1:54 PM

    I'd love the magic dough mat, I don't have a lot of counter space, this would be awesome.

  • smartie101  on  10/10/2018 at 6:44 PM

    carrot muffins

  • smartie101  on  10/10/2018 at 6:45 PM

    I'd like to upgrade to the Magic Rolling Pin

  • okmosa  on  10/11/2018 at 7:52 AM

    I’ve been on a search recently for a family favorite brownie recipe!

  • Bwalker  on  10/11/2018 at 11:29 AM

    Oatmeal cookies are a family tradition- always trying new recipes. I would love to try the magic rolling pin.

  • kimtrev  on  10/11/2018 at 1:41 PM

    Rose's Rugelach and Fast Tracks Dough Thickness Rails

  • RoseMGenuine  on  10/11/2018 at 9:35 PM

    I would try the carrot cake and I think I need a magic dough mat!

  • banba1  on  10/12/2018 at 2:53 AM

    I'd bake the Clinton Street rookies, and need a magic dough mat!

  • Steben  on  10/13/2018 at 1:50 AM

    The marzipan cookies

  • annieski  on  10/13/2018 at 1:25 PM

    I'd try the Fast Tracks. They look a bit nicer than the very practical dowels that I bought at the hardware store.

  • amylou61  on  10/14/2018 at 4:34 PM

    I'd like to try the Lemon butter squares.

  • jezpurr  on  10/16/2018 at 6:40 PM

    The Dough Mat!!!^_^

  • jezpurr  on  10/16/2018 at 6:48 PM

    The Glazed Mocha Chiffon!!!^_^

  • NaomiH  on  10/17/2018 at 10:53 AM

    Frozen pecan tart

  • NaomiH  on  10/17/2018 at 10:54 AM

    Rose's Magic Fast Tracks

  • BridgetL  on  10/17/2018 at 1:49 PM

    Orange Chiffon, I love anything with orange!

  • herosky  on  10/17/2018 at 7:51 PM

    I would try pumpkin pie first since we're so close to the holidays. This is also my favorite kind of pie, and I've never attempted to bake one from scratch. I like the dough mat offered on Rose's website the best.

  • Kblg  on  10/19/2018 at 1:10 AM

    The first recipe I would try is peaches-and-cream-kuchen and I would want to get Rose’s Magic Fast Tracks.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  10/19/2018 at 2:23 AM

    I want to make the raspberry almond sandwich cookies.

  • Dannausc  on  10/19/2018 at 6:31 PM

    Lemon butter squares and the magic rolling pin

  • Alleycat  on  10/19/2018 at 7:44 PM

    I would hit the cookies first. Chocolate chip and then shortbread.

  • JoanN  on  10/19/2018 at 7:56 PM

    First up would be Rose's Rugelach, because I can't believe she improved on the recipe in "Rose's Christmas Cookies."

  • Bekstayo  on  10/19/2018 at 8:01 PM

    I want to make the milk chocolate caramel tart, after having bought Rose's magic dough mat to roll out the pastry!

  • Bekstayo  on  10/19/2018 at 8:14 PM

    And I'd love the magic rolling pin so that the pastry wouldn't stick.

  • BethBakesBest  on  10/19/2018 at 8:35 PM

    I've made her rugelach before, but I'd definitely make them again!

  • Littlebirdchoc  on  10/19/2018 at 8:59 PM

    I would TOTALLY try the Lemon Butter Squares - MMMMMM!! LEMON!!!!

  • Alleycat  on  10/19/2018 at 9:17 PM

    Rose's magic tracks and mat would be si helpful! The tracks are genius.

  • sequoia55  on  10/20/2018 at 3:59 AM

    marzipan cookies

  • Aliped  on  10/20/2018 at 5:04 AM

    I would like to try the no knead bread. I would like to try the Fast Tracks Rolling Rails.

  • BMeyer  on  10/20/2018 at 6:30 AM

    chocolate caramel tart

  • BMeyer  on  10/20/2018 at 6:31 AM

    chocolate caramel tart

  • LizyB  on  10/20/2018 at 6:53 AM

    Chocolate spangled angel food cake & Rose's Fast Tracks!

  • Wooby  on  10/20/2018 at 6:58 AM

    Lemon butter squares to start!!

  • RSW  on  10/20/2018 at 7:54 AM

    Fudgy praline pecan meringue ice cream sandwiches

  • Dlaraneta  on  10/20/2018 at 8:03 AM

    Lemon bunds cake

  • RSW  on  10/20/2018 at 8:36 AM

    Rose's fast tracks.

  • wanda72  on  10/20/2018 at 9:04 AM

    I want to try the triple lemon bundt cake!

  • Rosesrpink50  on  10/20/2018 at 1:17 PM

    Lemon Curd Whip Cream

  • mrscahughes  on  10/20/2018 at 1:48 PM

    Any and everything

  • sallansd  on  10/21/2018 at 3:44 PM

    Walnut powder puffs

  • sallansd  on  10/21/2018 at 3:47 PM

    Rose's Magic rolling pin

  • Xyz123  on  10/21/2018 at 4:02 PM

    Milk Chocolate Caramel Tart!

  • Sfgordon  on  10/22/2018 at 3:59 AM

    I'd try the Babka swirl loaf

  • Sfgordon  on  10/22/2018 at 4:08 AM

    I'd also like to try Rose's Fast Tracks.

  • threefourpfeif  on  10/22/2018 at 8:35 PM

    My best brownies look tasty!

  • EmilyR  on  10/22/2018 at 11:35 PM

    Peanut butter cream cheese frosting

  • EmilyR  on  10/22/2018 at 11:38 PM

    The link wasn't working for me this one works : http://www.apg2020.com/rose_index.html ... I'd love Rose's magic dough mat.

  • LABeachGal  on  10/23/2018 at 1:03 AM

    I would love to try the Lemon butter squares!

  • LABeachGal  on  10/23/2018 at 1:05 AM

    The Rose's Magic Dough Mat looks great!

  • KarenGlad  on  10/23/2018 at 6:15 AM

    That magic rolling pin and the fast tracks even though I wouldn't need them to make Deeply chocolate biscotti

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  10/23/2018 at 7:15 AM

    the Scottish shortbread cookies found on page 36

  • tararr  on  10/23/2018 at 12:10 PM

    Chocolate wafers

  • marsmomma  on  10/23/2018 at 12:57 PM

    I'd make the Chocolate chocolate chip cookies first, I'm still trying to find the perfect (for me) cookie recipe!

  • marsmomma  on  10/23/2018 at 12:59 PM

    Rose's Magic Dough Mat looks like it would be a great tool for a beginner like me to use.

  • purviska  on  10/24/2018 at 7:29 AM

    the swirl babka

  • purviska  on  10/24/2018 at 7:31 AM

    Rose's Magic Dough Mat

  • Mardeen11  on  10/24/2018 at 4:50 PM

    I NEED the Magic Dough Mat!

  • atesari  on  10/24/2018 at 5:41 PM

    Apple pie and the magic dough mat. : )

  • upstatemissy  on  10/24/2018 at 9:26 PM

    I would love to try the Fudgy praline pecan meringue ice cream sandwiches first.

  • modbaker  on  10/24/2018 at 11:12 PM

    I LOVE carrot cake and would love to try her version! And the Magic Dough Mat sounds fantastic.

  • DemelzaPoldark  on  10/26/2018 at 7:57 PM

    I love lemon, so my first recipe to try would be Triple lemon velvet bundt cake

  • Jenamarie  on  10/27/2018 at 8:02 PM

    Milk chocolate caramel tart

  • Jenamarie  on  10/27/2018 at 8:05 PM

    Fast Tracks Dough Thickness Rails

  • AnneOther  on  10/29/2018 at 7:41 PM

    I've been wanting to try making a cream cheese pie crust, so the first thing I would make is the "perfect flaky and tender cream cheese pie crust" using the "by hand" method.

  • MCDForm  on  11/1/2018 at 4:55 PM

    Every cake needs crunch: Cream cheese crunch pound cake

  • jberry  on  11/2/2018 at 11:04 AM

    As fall rolls in, most start making weighty cookies. I might like to keep'em light this year so we can eat more, Cocoa Meringues.

  • ket06e  on  11/2/2018 at 1:43 PM

    peanut butter and jelly thumbprints. and the magic dough mat looks great

  • mlanthie  on  11/2/2018 at 2:16 PM

    Love lemon so it would have to be the Triple lemon velvet bundt cake.

  • Carpecookie  on  11/3/2018 at 9:02 AM

    Triple lemon velvet bundt cake

  • hillsboroks  on  11/3/2018 at 12:42 PM

    Triple lemon velvet bundt cake sounds divine!

  • elsid22  on  11/3/2018 at 1:45 PM

    Mmmm Beer bread (said like Homer Simpson).....

  • jluvs2bake  on  11/3/2018 at 4:13 PM

    raspberry almond sandwich cookies

  • jluvs2bake  on  11/3/2018 at 4:17 PM

    dough mat

  • nadiam1000  on  11/4/2018 at 8:03 AM

    Rose's Rugelach Rose's Magic Dough Mat

  • jberry  on  11/5/2018 at 1:32 PM

    I like the looks of the Magic Slice NON-SLIP cutting board

  • jnstewart  on  11/5/2018 at 2:05 PM

    Marzipan cookies

  • a1apple  on  11/6/2018 at 4:45 PM

    Fudgy pudgy brownies and Magic Dough Mat

  • KarenDel  on  11/8/2018 at 12:18 PM

    Scottish shortbread cookies

  • KarenDel  on  11/8/2018 at 12:21 PM

    Rose's Magic Dough Mat

  • ljkish  on  11/11/2018 at 8:22 PM

    Date nut roll cookies

  • ljkish  on  11/11/2018 at 8:28 PM

    I'd like the Rose's Magic Dough Mat.

  • outsidereader  on  11/12/2018 at 6:28 AM

    I would like to make the Clinton Street brookies.

  • outsidereader  on  11/12/2018 at 6:35 AM

    I would like to try Rose's Magic Rolling Pin.

  • orchidlady01  on  11/13/2018 at 2:35 AM

    Cream cheese crunch pound cake

  • orchidlady01  on  11/13/2018 at 3:15 AM

    I'd love to use the Rose's Magic Fast Tracks Rolling Rails and the Rose's Magic Dough Mat.

  • Willdllilly  on  11/13/2018 at 5:54 PM

    definitely the rugelach!!

  • jemans  on  11/14/2018 at 7:41 PM

    the babka swirl loaf looks divine!

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