The Fannie Farmer Baking Book by Marion Cunningham

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  • Recluse on January 27, 2011

    A great no-frills baking book. The recipes were well-tested, and are absolutely reliable. I was devastated to hear that this book was out of print, but my Mom gave me her old copy for my birthday, and I treasure it.

  • nielsena on August 20, 2010

    Amazing American old school, classic, recipes.

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  • Basic master recipe: Classic angel food cake with white mountain frosting

    • Gachabot on June 19, 2020

      Maple Angel Food Cake - substituted maple sugar and maple extract - used 16 large egg whites to get 2 cup yield - outstanding!!!! Served it with maple bourbon whipped cream and fresh strawberries- out of this world delicious.

  • Sour-cream spice cake

    • stef on November 08, 2017

      Interesting cake. No butter or oils. I baked mine in a Bundt pan. 40 minutes. Nice and moist and spicey

  • Chocolate bran cake

    • annapanna on August 30, 2013

      I really wanted to like this cake because I love to use buttermilk and I like the idea of combining bran and chocolate. I tried the recipe twice and both time the cake turned out a bit dry. I think I will try one last time and leave it in the oven for a shorter time. I added the honey chocolate frosting as suggested and the end result was very pretty and shiny. I liked the taste of honey in combination with the cake but my husband didn't, so next time I'll probably skip it.

  • Basic master recipe: Quick bread

    • jaelsne on September 23, 2012

      I checked my chocolate quick bread early, and removed it from the oven. My oven is usually spot-on. The taste was fine, but it nwas very dry. If you make this recipe, check it much earlier than suggested!

  • Kona Inn banana bread

    • jaelsne on December 06, 2011

      Wonderful recipe! The outside of the bread was very dark after baking for the recommended amount of time. I was afraid that the bread would be dry, but it was rich and moist and delicious.

  • Zucchini bread

    • laurenlangston on August 21, 2017

      This is decent but not particularly mindblowing. I used a very big, "old" (read: left on the vine for more than 3 hours) zucchini so it was on the dry side. I doubled it (see: big zucchini) and put it in a bunch of smaller loaf pans to give away and that worked fine.

  • Basic muffins

    • ashallen on October 26, 2020

      This basic recipe hasn't changed since my 1965 edition :). My older edition does mention the possibility of using an additional egg and up to 1/2 cup sugar, however, and omitting 2 tbsp from the 2 cups of flour if using all-purpose vs. pastry flour. It also has a variation called "orange muffins" which has disappeared from later editions that calls for mixing in 3/4 c diced candied orange peel. That's the variation I made, using homemade peel I'd packed in syrup that's very tender. I also used the extra egg, the 1/2 c sugar, and an extra 1/4 tsp salt since I thought all that orange peel might need some balancing out. I subtracted the 2 tbsp of flour. These were surprisingly good - the large amount of orange peel was really delicious. The basic cake part did its job supporting the peel and had a slightly springy (but not tough) texture. On its own, it'd be on the plain side, but it's a fine background for various add-ins or spreading with butter and jam.

  • Irish soda bread

    • louie734 on March 19, 2014

      Added 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds to this. Before I added the currants, the dough seemed too dry, but I'd plumped them in a couple of tablespoons of hot water, so I drizzled in the soaking liquid until I got the right consistency - in this type of bread I prefer a sticky dough. Made a nice big loaf with lots of currants and not too sweet or cakey. Exactly what I was looking for in an American-style Irish soda bread. Could add another teaspoon of caraway - we really like the flavor. PS Subbed skim milk soured with vinegar for buttermilk.

  • Cinnamon rolled biscuits

    • stef on November 25, 2016

      Page 576. What a great fast recipe. Omitted raisins and walnuts and piped a little icing

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