The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own by Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox

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Notes about this book

  • Poyma on March 30, 2017

    Brownies-- wow, yum! Substituted 1 cup of wheat bran for the flour and no one was the wiser. Upping the fibre content makes these delicious chocolatey brownies a bit more healthful (I hope, anyway).

  • Bethcote on April 04, 2015

    Lamington Cakes are awesome here!

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Apple cider muffins

    • gastronom on September 16, 2014

      For me, this made a huge amount of batter. I made 12 muffins and an 8-inch square cake. Nice and moist but the flavor was not impressive. Maybe my apples were too small. Wish she gave us weights for the ingredients.

  • Pecan shortbread cookies

    • gastronom on March 30, 2013

      Tender cookie with outstanding vanilla and pecan flavor.

  • Banana cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream

    • gastronom on April 20, 2014

      Delicious--cupcakes are moist and tasty. Peanut buttercream is mild and not too sweet. Cupcake batter would be great even without frosting. Could bake as a small cake.

  • Lemon steamed pudding

    • gastronom on March 30, 2013

      Delicious, light, and perfectly lemony.

  • Back-to-school raspberry granola bars

    • PatriciaScarpin on June 22, 2011

      These bars are addictive! A friend of mine has made them too and her kids loved it. http://technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com/2011/05/back-to-school-raspberry-granola-bars.html

  • Milk chocolate hazelnut panna cotta

    • Astrid5555 on December 16, 2012

      This is simply Nutella and cream, thus a big hit with the kids. Took very long to set properly though (might be due to my inexperience with powdered gelatine, since I normally use only gelatine leaves).

  • Banana malt ice cream

    • wcassity on January 01, 2021

      Delicious. Deep molasass-y taste you have to adjust to.

  • Strawberry ice cream

    • twoyolks on June 25, 2013

      The vanilla gives it a different flavor from what I was expecting in strawberry ice cream.

  • Peach ice cream

    • twoyolks on August 17, 2020

      A really nice peach ice cream. The ice cream takes on the flavor of the peaches well and the fresh peach bits are also nice.

  • Chocolate chip scones

    • twoyolks on December 27, 2016

      These were easy and quick to make. They tasted fine but I've had better scones.

  • Brioche cinnamon rolls

    • twoyolks on December 28, 2015

      I had trouble getting the dough to rise. I think that heating the eggs prior to incorporating them into the dough may have killed the yeast.

  • Carrot cupcakes with mascarpone cream frosting

    • swegener on February 01, 2015

      These were good--a dense traditional carrot cupcake. They didn't win the cupcake cook off.

  • Brown butter waffles

    • stacymarkow on April 11, 2020

      Do not crisp up in the waffle maker, and brown butter flavor is completely lost. There are many other waffle recipes out there that are far superior to this.

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Reviews about this book

  • Fine Cooking

    DeMasco...has made her mark...with her signature desserts... Here, she shares her recipes, along with heaps of helpful tips and sidebars on varying the recipes to make them your own.

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Reviews about Recipes in this Book

  • Pumpkin spice bread

    • Lottie and Doof

      t was really lovely. A good texture and just the right amount of flavor. It is great toasted with some salty butter or a spoonful of apple butter.

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  • Rustic blueberry cornmeal tart

    • Lottie and Doof

      I am pretty down with galettes, so this Karen DeMasco recipe for a rustic blueberry tart in a cornmeal crust seemed perfect. It also seemed like a perfect accompaniment to that sweet corn ice cream...

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  • Sour cherry scones

    • Arctic Garden Studio

      Nicole made this recipe with pears and hazelnuts and said "Let's just say that I was home alone and ate the entire batch over three days. I liked them, yes I did."

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  • ISBN 10 1299182445
  • ISBN 13 9781299182448
  • Published May 08 2012
  • Format eBook
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Random House
  • Imprint Clarkson Potter

Publishers Text

James Beard Award--winner Karen DeMasco, who first came to national attention as the pastry chef of Tom Colicchio's Craft, Craftbar, and 'wichcraft restaurants from 2001 to 2008, approaches the art of baking in a unique way. Building on the savory cooking philosophy of using seasonal ingredients to create dishes with pure flavors, Karen makes acclaimed desserts that are both simple and elegant. Now, she shares her secrets and techniques in her first cookbook, The Craft of Baking, designed to help home bakers think imaginatively in order to expand their repertoires with new and fresh combinations.

Using the bounty of the seasons as inspiration and Karen's clear instructions, both beginners and experienced bakers will find it easy to let their creativity take the reins. Learn how to make Karen's celebrated sweets, such as Apple Fritters with Caramel Ice Cream and Apple Caramel Sauce, White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream, and Raised Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts. Then check out the tips on "varying your craft" to transform Grandma Rankin's Cashew Brittle into Pumpkin Seed Brittle and to alter a cobbler recipe to make Rhubarb Rose Cobbler in the spring or Mixed Berry Cobbler in the summer, for example. Karen's suggestions for "combining your craft"--such as serving Almond Pound Cake with Apricot Compote and Lillet Sabayon--reveal how easy it is to take desserts to the next level.

Karen's ingenuity is boundless. All types of sweets, from muffins and scones to pies and cakes to ice creams and custards, are her mediums for exploring flavors. With Karen's simple techniques, unique flavor combinations, and inventive ideas, The Craft of Baking will change the way you think about baking and equip any home cook with the skills and creativity to create amazing, one-of-a-kind desserts.



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