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The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

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Notes about this book

  • bgbmus on December 27, 2015

    I made the Apple Pie, my first encounter with Beranbaum's recipes. It is painstaking, extremely detailed, and labor intensive. When my friends arrived, I told them that if they'd describe the pie as anything other than absolutely exceptional, we'd burn the book. We all agreed, it was absolutely exceptional. It's was, of course, the best apple pie I have ever tasted.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Chocolate cuddle cake

    • Jane on February 08, 2015

      This looked good but not really my kind of cake. The sponge is very light and airy - I prefer mine denser and fudgier. The Kahlua flavored ganache around the sides was good. The caramel cream topping was also nice. I just didn't really feel the results were worth the amount of effort. Also the top of my cake shrunk in (though I followed the very detailed instructions to the letter) so it was more of a mound than a straight-sided cake.

  • Molasses crumb cakelets

    • gastronom on January 16, 2015

      Excellent flavor, a little too sweet. Did not have the required size pans. This may have contributed to the cakelets falling apart and much longer baking time.

  • 100% whole wheat walnut loaf

    • gastronom on January 16, 2015

      Very good flavor. Dense. Probably would be better baked in cast iron dutch oven, which would enhance crust.

  • Sour cherry pie

    • TrishaCP on December 26, 2015

      I didn't make the crust in this recipe, or have the concentrated cherry juice, but this was still the best sour cherry pie I've ever made. I too used a basic top crust and it worked just fine.

    • bching on November 15, 2014

      The concentrated cherry juice is a good addition. Lovely filling. I skipped the lattice in favor of a basic top crust.

  • White chocolate Club Med bread

    • chawkins on March 29, 2015

      The loaf turned out beautifully, the dough was quite easy to work with. But I guess I'm just not a fan of white chocolate, I'm not enamored with this loaf, will not make again.

    • Zosia on April 10, 2015

      For white chocolate lovers. As chawkins noted, the dough is quite easy to work with and bakes up nicely. I loved the technique of wrapping the chocolate-filled loaf in a "sheet" of plain dough to prevent exposed pieces of chocolate from over-browning. I'm tempted to try this on fruit-filled loaves where the exposed dried fruit often burns as the loaf bakes. The cinnamon raisin bread for the rum raisin French toast (page 440) uses the same dough recipe - not very sweet but butter-rich with a very soft crumb.

  • Pizza rustica

    • PiaOC on April 10, 2015

      Great addition to an antipasto platter. Easy recipe to follow. I was surprised that passing the ricotta through a sieve made it so much smoother. Loved the combination of sweet pastry and savoury filling. It was also good with a salad a couple of days later.

  • Blueberry buckle

    • Zosia on August 13, 2015

      I made a rookie mistake and left the sugar out of the cake. The sugar!! Amazingly, this dessert was still pretty good. The "cake" was more like a biscuit in texture which was not a bad thing served with delicious lemony roasted blueberries. I said nothing, dusted the top of each serving liberally with powdered sugar, and watched as everyone devoured it. I can only imagine how fantastic this would be if made correctly.

  • Rhubarb upside-down cake with strawberry meringue

    • Zosia on January 25, 2015

      Nice balance of vanilla cake and tart topping. I loved the idea of the meringue instead of whipped cream but it was a little sweet....perhaps unsweetened fruit puree instead of preserves/jam would be better. Also, the rhubarb yielded very little liquid while it macerated but lots while it baked; the cake was almost self-syruping as it absorbed the pool of liquid that came out of the pan with it and was very moist as a result. This looked pretty the day it was made but the rhubarb could have used some sort of glaze on day 2 to brighten it up.

  • Cream cheese butter cake

    • Zosia on October 29, 2014

      Easy to make and delicious with the most velvety crumb I've ever produced. Definitely a keeper.

  • Light lemon curd buttercream

    • Zosia on October 29, 2014

      Made by beating butter into a batch of lemon curd, it retains the tart, lemony goodness of the curd but acquires the creaminess of a more conventional buttercream. A half batch covered the cream cheese butter cake perfectly.

  • White Christmas peppermint cake

    • Zosia on December 21, 2014

      If you're a fan of white chocolate peppermint bark, you'll love this peppermint flavoured white cake with white chocolate buttercream that relies on crushed candy canes for much of its visual impact and flavour. The cake is finely crumbed and moist, and the buttercream rich and creamy but a little spongy so I couldn't achieve a perfectly smooth finish even with a warmed bench scraper. The layers of chopped candy partially melted into the buttercream make for a very pretty slice.

  • The red velvet rose

    • Zosia on November 19, 2014

      The photo on the back of the book led me to dig up my much underused rose-shaped bundt pan to make this cake. Not normally a fan of red velvet, I've discovered that a little extra cocoa powder in the cake and a raspberry glaze give it new life. You do want to glaze the cake several hours before serving since it takes that long for the raspberry sauce, which looks like far too much when it's first applied, to absorb into the cake.

  • Marble in reverse with custom Rose blend ganache glaze

    • Zosia on August 10, 2015

      I didn't quite see the point of this cake. It looked like a marble cake but tasted like a good chocolate cake with a delicious ganache glaze. The vanilla portion was completely overwhelmed by all the chocolate.

  • The chocolate FloRo elegance with caramel buttercream

    • Zosia on January 04, 2015

      A chocolate-caramel confection that's worth every minute (and a lot of them are required!) of making it. The chocolate cake is incredibly light and tender and is complemented perfectly by the white chocolate-caramel buttercream. It wasn't quite as intensely chocolatey as I expected based on the description but the chocolate glaze helped. Be warned, with the multi-component buttercream and glaze, making the parts, cooling them to the correct temperature, and assembling the cake was almost an all-day affair.

  • Banana split chiffon cake

    • Zosia on November 02, 2014

      This cake is as ethereal as the author promises - so tender it's actually a bit wobbly! Though I used the recommended pan size, my batter was very close to the top before baking and the cake rose and developed a mushroom top during baking; removal from the pan was quite the challenge. The suggested accoutrements sound like a fun way to serve it, but I loved it plain.

  • Flaky cream cheese scones

    • Zosia on April 17, 2015

      The dough required quite a bit of handling to come together and was quite stiff when it finally did; rolling it out was easier than pressing it into shape. Surprisingly, it baked up into moist, tender and flaky scones as promised, but they were a bit too rich and sweet for me.

  • Coconut crisps

    • Zosia on August 30, 2017

      Very nice cookies that weren't too sweet, had a pleasant crisp texture and tasted of coconut. They were also easy to make using a food processor. Some chilling time is required before baking and here I deviated from the instructions by rolling the dough out before refrigerating. I cut some larger (3") for ice cream sandwiches made with RLB's pure passion ice cream from the pie and pastry bible.

  • Rum raisin French toast royale

    • Zosia on April 10, 2015

      The delicious loaf of cinnamon swirl raisin bread needed to complete the recipe didn't last long enough to generate any stale slices for French toast so the review is for the bread alone. I'm not certain the beaten egg was needed to prevent the cinnamon sugar and dough from separating during baking - I've made other recipes that didn't include it that turned out well; I used the leftover to glaze the loaf. This dough recipe is also used in the white chocolate club med bread (page 447) so I doubled it and made a loaf of each.

  • Babka

    • lkgrover on August 16, 2015

      Made 8/14/2015 for a Saturday brunch with sixteen people. Babka with almond filling is not too sweet, so perfect for brunch. Received many compliments. I recommend making the biga (starter) and doing the first proofing the night before baking (if you're baking is limited to evenings after work). Doing it all in one night leads to a very late night!

  • Cran-raspberry upside-down cake

    • joanhuguet on February 24, 2015

      Unfortunately, this one did not work for me. I felt that the caramel and the sweet raspberry jam overpowered the bracing acidity that I want in a cranberry dessert. The cake texture was a bit odd and dense, as well. More baking powder needed, I think.

  • Strawberry shortcake Génoise

    • swegener on May 01, 2015

      This was my first genoise cake and it was both harder and easier than I thought. Most of the steps are just fidly, not hard. The hardest part for me was folding the flour in--I mistakenly used a spatula when I should have used a whisk. The whole think turned out quite well--I doubled the strawberries for the top and it was gorgeous with the glaze.

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Reviews about this book

  • Food52

    2015 Piglet Community Pick. I have never considered myself much of a baker, but with my friend Rose’s expert guidance, I am certainly getting better!

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  • Saveur.com

    ...it revealed itself to be a treasure both for experienced bakers and novices alike. Beranbaum gladly takes the reader by the hand with an introduction that includes “golden rules” for baking...

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  • Tasting Table

    These seven words will have hard-core bakers jumping for joy: Rose Levy Beranbaum has a new book. And when the revered baking authority writes a book, it's an encyclopedic thing of buttery beauty...

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