Rage Baking – Cookbook Promotion

Enter our US/CA giveaway to win a copy of Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Butter, Sugar, and Women’s Voices by Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford. Please note the authors’ events that begin on February 17th are shared on our calendar. As of today, Rage Baking is a part of the buy three books for the price of two on Amazon. Buy copies for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or just because you love someone. I laughed when I saw that Amazon has it listed as a #1 best seller in pressure cooking!

This weekend I came across a T-shirt that read “I bake because punching people is frowned upon.” How many of us can relate to that statement? Stephanie Panecasio wrote for the website Mindfood: “By using baking as a form of behavioral activation, bakers that struggle with depression or other mood disorders can escape into a focused activity, occupying the whole mind/body spectrum. This redirection of thoughts is a subconscious form of therapy.”

Or, as I phrase this type of exercise yoga with flour.

Rage Baking offers more than 50 cookie, cake, tart, bread, and pie recipes as well as inspirational essays, reflections, poems, and interviews with well-known bakers and impassioned women and activists. These women include Carla Hall, Ruth Reichl, Dorie Greenspan and more. The book is filled with gorgeous photos by Jerrelle Guy (Black Girl Baking) and the late Nancy Rudolph (photographer and mother-in-law of Kathy Gunst) provided the black-and-white photos that open each chapter.

More than a cookbook with a political statement, Rage Baking is a testament of strength. While reading the essays, we know we are not alone. We can feel the many hands that reach out in support. While many of us are struggling for an answer to the question “how the hell did we get here?” – the authors and contributors of this powerful work assure us we can make a difference. Rise up, take solace in the power of flour, fury and women’s voices, and, lastly, punch some dough.

Special thanks to Tiller Press for sharing the recipe below from Rage Baking for our members. We have also linked to two other online recipes from this title which were featured on NPR’s Here and Now:

Tahini chocolate chip cookies [Kathy Gunst]
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Makes about 24 cookies

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (130 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾  teaspoon baking soda
  • A generous pinch of Maldon or other sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½  cup tahini, well stirred
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (10- to 12-ounce) bag bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chunks,
  • chopped, or chocolate chips (about 1 ¾ cups)
  • About ¼  cup white sesame seeds

Chocolate chip cookies are everywhere. And while I never tire of a good chocolate chip cookie, I wanted to take this classic to the next level. So I added tahini (roasted ground hulled sesame paste) and it hit the perfect note. The cookies are not overly sweet, and the tahini gives them a rich, nutty flavor, much like peanut butter but far more interesting. A sprinkling of crunchy toasted white sesame seeds and coarse sea salt is the perfect finishing touch. The dough can be refrigerated for at least four days or frozen for up to two months.

Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl.

Beat the butter, tahini, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed in an electric mixer or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 3 minutes, until fluffy and fully incorporated, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times as needed. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix for 1 minute more.

With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate, being careful not to overmix. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight. (This might sound fussy, but the cookies are honestly better after the dough has had a chance to rest.)

Position two racks evenly in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Scoop out a generous tablespoon of the dough, roll it into a ball, and place it on the prepared pan, making sure not to place the cookies too close together. Repeat with the remaining dough, dividing the cookies between the prepared pans. Lightly moisten your palm and gently push the cookies down to flatten them. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and press them lightly to make sure they adhere to the dough.

Bake for 6 minutes, then rotate the pans 180 degrees and switch their positions from top to bottom and bottom to top. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes more, until the cookies are almost deep golden brown around the edges, but still somewhat pale in the center. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the cookies with the sea salt, gently pressing it into the cookies to adhere.

Let the cookies cool for at least 5 minutes on a wire rack then serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

From RAGE BAKING by Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford, published by Tiller Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Copyright © 2020 by Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford. All rights reserved.

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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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100 Comments

  • riley  on  February 12, 2020

    Three-citrus flan with makrut lime

  • Kristjudy  on  February 12, 2020

    Rum raisin brownies

  • cbrowne  on  February 12, 2020

    The chocolate cherry biscotti!

  • stepspior  on  February 12, 2020

    Rhubarb cake [Kathy Gunst] I would love to bake this because Rhubarb is the coming of Spring

  • miggsy  on  February 12, 2020

    Tahini chocolate chip cookies

  • NaomiH  on  February 12, 2020

    Ricotta rice pudding pie [Lisa Ludwinski]

  • RSW  on  February 12, 2020

    Tahini chocolate chip cookies

  • sarahawker  on  February 12, 2020

    Classic Southern pecan pie

  • eveaway  on  February 12, 2020

    Chocolate-raspberry rugelach!

  • hbakke  on  February 12, 2020

    Rhubarb cake

  • lauraw192  on  February 12, 2020

    Chocolate raspberry rugelach sounds so good!

  • matag  on  February 12, 2020

    Maple walnut pull-apart bread

  • calguire  on  February 12, 2020

    Chocolate raspberry rugelach

  • MarciK  on  February 12, 2020

    Chocolate raspberry rugelach

  • ennsee  on  February 12, 2020

    I would love to make the Rhubarb cake recipe first.

  • Shelley.b  on  February 12, 2020

    Chocolate cherry biscotti

  • ravensfan  on  February 12, 2020

    Lemon bars [Vallery Lomas]

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  February 12, 2020

    Im-peachment upside down cake because the title captures rage baking

  • Shelmar  on  February 12, 2020

    Maple walnut pull-apart bread

  • antpantsii  on  February 12, 2020

    Don’t call me honey cakes

  • mpdeb98  on  February 13, 2020

    Chocolate pistachio buttercrunch

  • Cathyschuh  on  February 13, 2020

    cherry chocolate biscotti

  • fignora  on  February 13, 2020

    Chocolate raspberry rugelach – I have not had good rugelach since we left Chicago.

  • dbranigan27  on  February 13, 2020

    I would try the Drop dead! pecan spice cookies [Betty Fussell].

  • vlgessford  on  February 13, 2020

    I can’t wait to try these tahini chocolate chip cookies!!!

  • NancyLynn  on  February 13, 2020

    rhubarb cake!

  • kmn4  on  February 13, 2020

    Rum raisin brownies [Julia Turshen]

  • Samjbutler  on  February 14, 2020

    Swedish visiting cake.

  • Lori12345  on  February 14, 2020

    Those cookies!

  • roxlet  on  February 14, 2020

    Maple walnut pull-apart bread

  • mcrimmins  on  February 14, 2020

    Rainbow Cookies

  • notme  on  February 14, 2020

    Thepla

  • Pizzacat13  on  February 14, 2020

    Baklawa

  • vglong29  on  February 14, 2020

    Chocolate raspberry rugelach

  • stuff  on  February 14, 2020

    So many of my favorite authors, that are also women, in one place, how will I choose? This likes a great book!

  • sequoia55  on  February 15, 2020

    Chocolate raspberry rugelach

  • Tabby72  on  February 15, 2020

    I’ll try the rhubarb cake!

  • mph993  on  February 15, 2020

    maple-walnut pull apart bread

  • jgkite  on  February 15, 2020

    The Lemon Cream Cheese “Pound” cake sounds right up my alley.

  • bevie19  on  February 15, 2020

    Rhubarb cake!

  • elysek  on  February 15, 2020

    Chocolate raspberry rugelach

  • LaurenE  on  February 15, 2020

    Rhubarb cake

  • LeMinou  on  February 16, 2020

    Cherry chocolate biscotti

  • nadiam1000  on  February 16, 2020

    Maple walnut pull-apart bread

  • Timetobakecookies  on  February 17, 2020

    chocolate pistachio buttercrunch

  • RickPearson54  on  February 17, 2020

    rum raisin brownies

  • Siegal  on  February 17, 2020

    I like the tahini cookies

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  February 17, 2020

    Mami’s rum cake

  • floridagld  on  February 17, 2020

    Drop Dead Pecan Spice. WE LOVE any nut recipe and/or cookie recipe.

  • demomcook  on  February 17, 2020

    Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake

  • Sfgordon  on  February 17, 2020

    maple walnut pull apart bread!

  • JessHeilman  on  February 18, 2020

    Tahini chocolate chip cookies!

  • rchesser  on  February 18, 2020

    Maple Walnut Pull Apart Bread

  • K8CanCook  on  February 18, 2020

    I would like to try the Thepia recipe….I have not tried Thepia before, and it looks like something I could use with a lot of different dishes originating from India and a few points east.

  • Tracey11  on  February 18, 2020

    Tahini chocolate chip cookies

  • YarmElizabeth  on  February 20, 2020

    Maple walnut pull-apart bread.

  • brigs03  on  February 20, 2020

    Chocolate pistachio buttercrunch

  • jr0717  on  February 20, 2020

    The chocolate cherry biscotti

  • virjeania  on  February 21, 2020

    You had me at pecan….Drop dead! pecan spice cookies

  • debbiehb  on  February 21, 2020

    Lemon bars [Vallery Lomas]

  • martinealarge  on  February 22, 2020

    The book seems to have caused some controversy – this is from the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/21/dining/rage-baking-book-tangerine-jones.html?fbclid=IwAR2ZAYRtQXsRh2z68ewH6GkAuOOr_r2T_uUTECtAjkOZXrkyj-jO6lOIToY

  • Dannausc  on  February 22, 2020

    Lemon bars

  • Aproporpoise  on  February 23, 2020

    Rye Ginger Scones!!

  • moralla  on  February 24, 2020

    Blueberry buttermilk buckle

  • Mtetpon  on  February 25, 2020

    Pecan pie

  • ebs  on  February 26, 2020

    It has to be Im-peach-ment upside-down cake [Virginia Willis]

  • Laura1  on  February 26, 2020

    Chocolate raspberry rugelach

  • BMeyer  on  February 26, 2020

    rum raisin brownies

  • EmilyR  on  February 29, 2020

    Three-citrus flan with makrut lime… or anything I can channel my rage.

  • TammyDee  on  February 29, 2020

    I’d try the Buttermilk Biscuits recipe from Maxine Siu. There’s nothing that beats a hot biscuit.

  • t.t  on  March 1, 2020

    Swedish visiting cake

  • sheraneprish  on  March 1, 2020

    zucchini almond bread

  • love2chow  on  March 1, 2020

    Don’t call me honey honeycake

  • termite  on  March 2, 2020

    Trying to decide between the Drop Dead spiced pecan cookies and the chocolate raspberry rugelach….

  • lgroom  on  March 2, 2020

    Lemon bars

  • Samjbutler  on  March 3, 2020

    Blueberry buttermilk buckle

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  March 4, 2020

    chocolate pistachio buttercrunch found on page 30

  • Karla123  on  March 4, 2020

    Grape and rosemary focaccia…what a special Italian treat.

  • jezpurr  on  March 5, 2020

    Root beer cake with chocolate-root beer glaze [Carla Hall]!!!^_^

  • MOSteen  on  March 6, 2020

    Chocolate cherry biscotti

  • JEWGAL777  on  March 6, 2020

    maple walnut bread

  • skyejaden  on  March 8, 2020

    I want the rainbow cookies!

  • DJBWA  on  March 11, 2020

    Chocolate pudding

  • KitKatCat  on  March 14, 2020

    Maple walnut pull-apart bread

  • vhfvhf  on  March 15, 2020

    tahini chocolate chip cookies

  • choppergirl  on  March 15, 2020

    Chocolate pistachio buttercrunch

  • janv  on  March 15, 2020

    intrigued with the Spiced parsnip cupcakes with maple cream frosting

  • mnhemphill  on  March 15, 2020

    Lemon bars

  • kathay708  on  March 19, 2020

    Drop dead! pecan spice cookies – love the name!

  • Lora724  on  March 19, 2020

    I love lemon anything so Lemon bars.

  • trudys_person  on  March 20, 2020

    I need to make the Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies – I have two jars of tahini in the fridge, bought by accident. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • kalex426  on  March 21, 2020

    The rye ginger scones are intriguing

  • rychepet  on  March 22, 2020

    Power muffs—love the name & the ingredients!

  • percussion03  on  March 22, 2020

    ricotta and almond cake

  • Aminata95  on  March 23, 2020

    Rum raisin brownies

  • dan031082  on  March 25, 2020

    Classic Southern pecan pie

  • aimeeq111  on  March 28, 2020

    rainbow cookies!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stricklinhome  on  March 29, 2020

    Tahini cookies

  • RSW  on  March 30, 2020

    Chocolate cherry biscotti

  • hibeez  on  April 2, 2020

    gotta try pigs in a blanket.

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