Pastry Love: A Baker's Journal of Favorite Recipes by Joanne Chang

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  • Apple-vanilla pound cake

    • Astrid5555 on May 29, 2020

      What a delicious pound cake, very tender crumb. We loved the addition of thinly sliced apples on top. Did not use the powdered sugar on top since my apples were sweet not tart. Perfect!

    • Zosia on January 11, 2020

      Lovely cake with excellent vanilla flavour. The tart apples were a nice addition but not absolutely necessary as the cake was delicious on its own. I couldn't find information on whether the cake flour used in the recipes in this book should be bleached or unbleached - perhaps I missed it or should have assumed unbleached as that's what's specified for all-purpose? - so used my go-to bleached cake& pastry flour blend. I was quite happy with the texture of the cake which was fine-crumbed and very tender.

    • mduncan on May 24, 2020

      The texture of this cake is exactly what I'd want in a perfect pound cake, however this cake's much too sweet for me, even before the addition of the powdered sugar. Ingredients call for "thinly sliced" apples but I clearly sliced mine too thin. If I made this again, I'd reduce all sugar by half and slice the apples 1/8-1/4" thick.

  • Japanese cotton cheesecake

    • Astrid5555 on September 13, 2020

      Delicious, light and fluffy, not very sweet, similar to a soufflé. Slightly overbaked already at 30 minutes, so keep a close watch. Highly recommended!

    • anya_sf on April 21, 2020

      This cake was easy to make. Never having eaten this before, I didn't know what the texture should be like. It was much drier and more cake-like than I expected, similar to ricotta cheesecake but even lighter. I thought it would be more moist - not sure if I overbaked it. The flavor was lemony and just sweet enough. We enjoyed it with blueberry compote.

    • Kinhawaii on July 30, 2020

      Will definitely make again - not creamy & rich like the usual cheesecake but light, like a cheesecake cloud. Following NYT comments, used more lemon zest & upped the vanilla using vanilla paste. Took 25-30 minutes in my oven- the recipes I have made so far in this cookbook have been taking 5-10 minutes shorter. We enjoyed it plain - we thought it was like other Japanese desserts - on the less sweet side, with very delicate flavoring. Used the microwave on medium to low, 20-30 seconds at a time to soften the cream cheese - one less pot to wash.

  • Strawberries and cream chiffon cake

    • Astrid5555 on June 12, 2020

      Light, fluffy, delicious! Perfect summer cake, will repeat with peaches!

    • Rachaelsb on June 04, 2020

      Wonderful cake. Light and incredibly moist. Ratio of whipped cream, strawberries to cake is perfect. And I agree with previous comment on this cake...peaches would be amazing!!!

    • bwhip on March 14, 2020

      Lovely cake. Simple, light and fluffy. Layers were quite thick, making for a nicely tall cake. In the photo it looks like the amount of whipped cream might be a little much, but we found it to be just right. Ratio of cake to fruit is just a bit higher than we’d prefer, but the cake is light and tasty, so it’s not a big deal. My wife mentioned she thought this would be really good made with peaches, too, and I agree.

    • anya_sf on June 18, 2021

      Excellent cake, light with just the right sweetness. I made 1/2 recipe using 6" pans; baking time was the same. Served with extra strawberries. Next time I'd make slightly more whipped cream for better coverage.

  • Pecan sandies

    • jbuchman on April 10, 2020

      Easy and great.

    • pie4u on May 27, 2020

      Super easy and delicious cookie.

  • Ricotta-cherry scones

    • ncollyer on February 10, 2020

      Agree with Zosia - these were tender and delicious. Not overly sweet either. Next time will make mine smaller. They freeze well.

    • Zosia on January 21, 2020

      These were tender, fruity and delicious. The book provides directions for using a stand mixer but I made them by hand, grating frozen butter into the dry mixture before stirring in the wet ingredients. My frozen sweet cherries were enormous so I quartered them for a more even distribution. I used white whole wheat flour and divided the dough into 12 generously sized scones instead of 8. Bake time in my oven for these slightly smaller scones was 25 minutes.

    • anya_sf on March 12, 2020

      I didn't notice until too late that the recipe calls for only 125g pitted cherries (225 g unpitted) and added about 200 g pitted frozen cherries, but appreciated the extra fruit. Using my ~1/3 cup scoop, I got 13 scones. I froze them but didn't notice the egg wash/sugar step, so skipped that and didn't miss it, although they probably would have been prettier. Baked from frozen at almost 375 degrees (accidentally), they took about 35 minutes. They were really delicious. Next time I'd halve the cherries for more even distribution.

    • Kinhawaii on December 20, 2020

      Agree with everyone- tender & delicious. I used a scoop & got 16 3-4 inch scones. Took half hour to cook. Pandemic cooking- used creme fraiche, sour cream & milk thickened with lemon juice, & frozen not fresh cherries- next time will try it with the specified dairy.

  • Alina's milk bread

    • potatooryam on December 21, 2020

      Really delicious bread and the dough is lovely to work with. Mine was slightly under baked at 40 minutes, but a few minutes longer would have perfect.

    • Zosia on September 14, 2020

      Wonderfully light and fluffy and just a little bit sweet. The directions were excellent so it was quite easy to make and shape.

    • mamacrumbcake on May 07, 2020

      This is a wonderful example of Japanese milk bread—soft, fluffy, delicious. The dough is a dream to handle and even with the tangzhong, the recipe is not difficult. It literally looked like the Michelin Man during oven spring. I could not believe the heights to which this bread rose—it just crested over the rim of the pan when it went into the oven. The recipe says it is best the day it is made, but even two days later it is still very fresh and nice to eat, even without toasting.

  • Rhubarb brown sugar pie

    • hirsheys on June 15, 2020

      Rhubarb pie is pretty much my favorite thing, so I tried this one because I thought the brown sugar sounded yummy and because of pie4u's positive review. It took me almost an entire day to bake, and I cursed myself the whole time, asking why I didn't just make my mom's super easy, super yummy version. It is *delicious* though. Really, really, good. I'm now kind of obsessed with figuring out which parts of the fussy recipe are necessary and which parts can be axed. (Do I *really* need to prebake the crust?) Anyway, it's a keeper.

    • pie4u on May 27, 2020

      Rhubarb pie is my husband's absolute favorite so I bake (at least) one every year in the spring when our patch is ready for harvest. This is a bit different than my usual pie. My regular version doesn't use egg and cake flour as thickeners (I use tapioca flour) and I don't usually blind bake double crust fruit pies. That said this was a truly delicious version. I liked the flavor that the brown sugar brought to the party. Great pate brisee, but I'm not fully sold on the blind bake. I get the reason (rhubarb can throw off a lot of moisture) but you can't create a lattice with a pretty fluted edge. Pie flavor A pie appearance B-.

    • pie4u on May 13, 2021

      I have revisited this recipe a year later (rhubarb season!) and I have great news no need to mess around with blind baking the bottom crust (unless you really want to). What I did to ensure a well baked bottom was...I pre-heated the oven to 425 with my baking steel and a half sheet pan on the middle rack. When I was ready to bake I dropped the temp to 400, put the pie on the half sheet pan and baked the pie for 15 minutes at this higher temp. After 15 mins, I dropped the temp to 350 for the remainder of the bake. The only other adjustment I made was to substitute instant clearjel for the cake flour. No soggy bottom, beautifully baked, flaky, crust top and bottom. My husband has declared this his favorite rhubarb pie.

  • Anzacs

    • Rachaelsb on January 20, 2020

      I had had Anzacs years ago at a small gourmet shop in Brookline, MA - Virginias. The most wonderful turkey sandwiches, but that is another story. They also made Anzacs which I have always remembered - just captured my cookie love. Joanne Chang's come close - not quite - fall a bit thicker than I remembered but pretty close!! Delish and stay fresh for a while (or at least as long as they last!)

    • Lepa on March 23, 2020

      I totally messed up, because I was distracted and baking with my son, and added all the oats and coconut to the batter instead of reserving some for coating the cookies. I think that made my dough a bit dry and crumbly so it was difficult to make cookies. They were delicious once baked, though. I will make these again- and do a better job of following directions!

  • Whole wheat maple-blueberry scones

    • Rachaelsb on January 08, 2021

      Perfection! So easy to make and perfect scone texture and flavor.

    • Zosia on February 14, 2020

      Nice, tender scone that wasn't overly sweet even with the glaze. I substituted Greek yogurt for the creme fraiche which seemed to work quite well.

    • bwhip on February 16, 2020

      Ooh yes, these are excellent. I was concerned they might be overly sweet, but they’re just right. A really nice combination of flaky and cakey. Delightful.

    • anya_sf on February 07, 2020

      I love that these are shaped ahead of time and refrigerated so you can easily bake them fresh in the morning. I made 14 smaller scones and they baked in about 20 minutes. My glaze was probably a bit too thick and tricky to spread. I really enjoyed the combination of blueberries and maple.

    • Xyz123 on February 15, 2020

      Wow! These are so good! I’ve made 3 double batches in less than 3 weeks. I store them in the freezer so every time a craving hits, I just pop a few in the oven and in no time, they’re ready to enjoy.

  • Gluten-free ham and cheese puffs

    • Zosia on January 18, 2020

      I made these twice, a half recipe each time. In the first attempt, I had difficulty incorporating the eggs into the dough at low speed; a few minutes on medium speed made it come together. Also, my batter was a little loose and spread on the baking sheet; I ended up with puffy discs rather than the spheres I was expecting. For my second attempt, I used Rose Levy Beranbaum's food processor method for choux pastry and only 1.5 eggs (instead of 2). Much better. I imagine another brand of tapioca flour might behave differently. Regardless of shape, both batches were delicious and somewhat addictive. I omitted the ham and made them half the size. They baked in 25 minutes.

  • Mushroom and thyme brioches

    • Zosia on January 14, 2020

      I used the whole wheat brioche dough for these. After it proofed in the fridge, the chilled dough was shaped, filled and baked without an additional rise. I made the roasted mushroom duxelles the day before while I made the dough so these were assembled and ready for baking in the time it took for the oven to preheat. They were delicious but very rich. I served them with a green salad for dinner but they would be great for brunch though I would make them smaller - 8 or perhaps even 10. The whole wheat flavour of the brioche was not very noticeable.

  • Vegan chocolate-banana muffins

    • Zosia on January 09, 2020

      I used white whole wheat flour in these tender, cake-like muffins. They were quite chocolatey thanks to the chopped chocolate (I think the chocolate flavour would be quite mild without them) but the bananas managed to hold their own. I baked the batter in a regular tin and filled the cups to the top as directed. They rose a small amount (as expected) but they spread quite a bit over the top of the tin. I hadn't greased the top but they released easily. We enjoyed them.

    • anya_sf on January 17, 2020

      I baked these in a regular muffin tin using jumbo liners and got 10 bigger-than-usual muffins. They rose more than expected. I'm not a chocolate-for-breakfast person, so to me these could easily be served as cupcakes for a child's birthday party, but I still enjoyed them. If I made them again for breakfast, I'd use white whole wheat flour, omit the chocolate chips (to make them less dessert-like), and possibly decrease the sugar a tad.

  • Country feta pies

    • Zosia on February 06, 2020

      Very tasty. The pops of bright tomato flavour made these otherwise basic spinach cheese tarts much more interesting. Though I hadn't planned to, I added extra spinach as my leaves froze in the refrigerator overnight. After thawing and squeezing the liquid out, I had 90g, all of which went into the cheese mixture. Rather than rolling and re-rolling the dough to cut 8 circles, I divided it into 8 pieces (approx 40g each) and pressed them into the moulds. I'm not sure they needed it, but I baked them an extra 10 minutes to get a little more colour on the bottom of the pastry.

    • anya_sf on September 24, 2020

      I made 1 large 9" pie using about 100 g spinach. Baking time was an hour. The pie got a little soggy right in the center, probably due to the extra spinach, but otherwise turned out well. We enjoyed it very much.

  • Gluten-free lemon raspberry chia muffins

    • Zosia on March 05, 2020

      I made these with all-purpose and whole wheat flours and substituted Greek yogurt for creme fraiche so I can't fairly rate the recipe. They were tender and the flavour, which wouldn't have been affected as much by my changes, was excellent. A half recipe made 11 regular muffins that baked in 19 minutes.

  • Gluten-free apple spice pecan muffins

    • Zosia on February 29, 2020

      These had great flavour - I particularly liked the combination of almond with apples and spice - but if it hadn't been for the apple pieces, would have been dry. I believe I over mixed the batter and deflated the egg whites too much as they didn't rise much and the cake portion was not tender as described in the head notes. I used light buckwheat flour. Edited to add: texture was much more tender on second day

    • anya_sf on January 06, 2020

      With the muffin cups filled to the rims as instructed, I only got 11 muffins, not 12. I skipped the glaze and thought the sweetness was just right for breakfast. The muffins were fairly hearty, but still tender and not too heavy.

  • Blackberry-buttermilk muffin cakes

    • Zosia on January 31, 2020

      These were very nice vanilla flavoured muffins with almost as much fruit as cake. I made 18 regular sized muffins and baked them at 375F by mistake so they were done in only 20 minutes. Their colour was good and the crumb was tender so I don't think they were adversely affected by the higher temperature. I used only blackberries and substituted white whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour for all purpose and cake flours respectively.

    • anya_sf on January 10, 2020

      Frozen raspberries worked well here, especially since they're smaller than blackberries (with blackberries, I'd cut the large ones). Using my regular muffin scoop, I got 20 muffins. Baking time was around 30 minutes (although my oven is misbehaving lately, so I'd check early with small muffins); the tops did not brown much, so don't use that as an indicator. As the title says, these muffins are more cake-like and sweet than the kind I usually prefer. They were pretty good. I baked them the night before, so they probably would have been better fresh from the oven. The texture was tender, but slightly gummy.

    • Kinhawaii on December 04, 2019

      Nice muffins- buttery & tender, used mostly blackberries with a few blueberries. Only other flavoring was vanilla so used vanilla paste. I was afraid to fill the cups as full as advised having had overflow problems with other recipes but a few I made ended up almost filling the cup- didn’t overflow but did make flatter looking muffins like those pictured in the book. None were domed but flatter.

    • SweetLittleBytes on January 21, 2021

      These work great with fresh blueberries. Frozen blueberries didn't work as well.

  • Persian love cookies

    • Zosia on January 24, 2020

      Tasty cookies with intriguing flavour and chewy texture. The cardamom was quite strong when they were freshly baked but mellowed and melded with the other ingredients over time; I preferred them on the second day. I found the published erratum regarding the salt but I think there's also an error in the weight of the pistachios; a rounded half cup chopped weighed 75g (not 175g) and that's all that was needed to coat the cookies. The dough wasn't at all sticky so the nuts didn't want to adhere; flattening the cookies on the plate of chopped nuts before transferring them to the baking sheet worked best for me.

  • Ossa dei morti

    • Zosia on February 23, 2020

      Not a pretty cookie but a delicious one. They are exceptionally crunchy with a surprisingly lacy interior chock full of almonds. They are quite sweet, of course, but great with a cup of coffee. I found them easiest to pipe without a metal tip and with a 1"/2.5cm hole in the bag; the batter did stiffen as it sat but was still pipeable after 20 minutes. I thought I was piping the correct size but my yield was 40 cookies rather than 24.

  • Lemon sugar cookies with lemon glaze

    • Zosia on February 14, 2020

      Really lovely, lemony cookies. The dough was very easy to work with and the cookies baked up crisp. My yield was 38 with re-rolling dough scraps so I made 1.5 times the recipe for the glaze.

  • Whole wheat brioches à tête

    • Zosia on January 14, 2020

      This is the book's master recipe for whole wheat brioche. 2/3 of my dough went towards the mushroom thyme brioches leaving enough to make 3 brioches à tête. Apart from making a sponge, the method was the same as the all white flour master brioche and the dough was remarkably similar as well....smooth and silky. It was slow to rise and had huge oven spring so the baked buns were quite large. They were light and airy with a strong whole wheat flavour. Family loved them. (I used Rogers brand flours)

    • anya_sf on November 02, 2020

      It was easy to just make 2/3 recipe for the sticky buns. The dough was easy to make in a stand mixer - just had to pause several times to push the dough down and increase the speed to medium-low. Same as Zosia, the dough was slow to rise with lots of oven spring.

  • Whole grain pull-apart rolls

    • Zosia on March 01, 2020

      These were light and fluffy and though they were good, didn't taste much like whole grain bread. The dough came together quickly in a stand mixer but it was slow to rise; I baked the buns after a 2-hour proof (22C/72F kitchen) even though they weren't quite ready but I couldn't wait longer. I brushed them with the leftover egg white and sprinkled them with salt just before baking. They were done in 20 minutes.

    • Lepa on April 08, 2020

      These were okay but not great. We enjoyed them but I prefer a Parker House Roll.

    • anya_sf on February 05, 2020

      The dough was fairly easy to mix by hand. In my cold kitchen, the rising time was longer. The rolls only took 20 minutes to bake. They're only about 1/4 whole wheat, so they baked up tender and fluffy. The salty butter topping was yummy.

  • Master lemon curd

    • Zosia on March 14, 2020

      I love this curd! Bright and zingy flavour and not too rich. I made sure to cook it until it reached 185F.

  • Ashley's birthday cake

    • Zosia on March 19, 2020

      It's described as an old fashioned chocolate cake but it was a much better version than any I've ever had (or made). It was rich and chocolatey with a fine moist crumb. I baked the batter in 3 pans with cake strips so the layers were perfectly flat and didn't require trimming. I applied most of the syrup to the bottom and sides of each cake layer as the untrimmed tops didn't absorb it very well. The cake was frosted with the book's Chocolate Pudding Buttercream. Excellent with a glass of cold milk.

  • Chocolate pudding buttercream

    • Zosia on March 19, 2020

      I know this as a cooked flour frosting (Joanne's name for it is much more appealing). This is my first time making a chocolate version and it was as smooth and silky as its vanilla counterparts, with a good, but not too intense chocolate flavour. I did find that it was a little more temperature sensitive than some other types of buttercream; it was a little too soft and loose to work with at ~23C but too stiff at 20C (temperature at which I initially tried to frost Ashley's Birthday Cake).

  • Summer blueberry-peach cobbler

    • Zosia on September 01, 2020

      This cobbler was all about the delicious fruit with just a little lemon and sugar to enhance it. The biscuit topping was very good too, rather plain in flavour but wonderfully tender with golden, crunchy parts. Family loved it! I made a half recipe baked in a deep dish pie plate and used the leftover egg white for the biscuit wash.

  • Vietnamese espresso profiteroles with spicy chocolate ganache

    • Zosia on July 07, 2020

      This was a fantastic dessert! The sweet, bitter and spice flavours were complementary and balanced. Though there were 3 components, (choux pastry puffs, no-churn coffee ice cream, ganache), each was easy to make and could be stashed away in freezer or refrigerator until required.

  • Brown butter-peanut rice crispy treats with peanut butter ganache

    • Zosia on February 06, 2020

      This is an amped up version of Joanne Chang's brown butter rice crispy treat recipe from Flour (my go-to recipe) that includes salted peanuts in the cereal mixture and a silky peanut butter ganache topping. Completely decadent and delicious according to family et al. I added extra cereal to the mixture as I wanted to finish the package so my bars weren't as gooey as they should have been. I cut into 48 pieces.

    • Littlebirdchoc on June 22, 2020

      Everyone loved these! Family, friends, neighbors....loved it! Super easy to make.

    • mamacrumbcake on March 17, 2021

      The family did not love this. No one cared for the peanuts in the treat itself. Family thought they were distracting and out of place. The peanut butter ganache tasted off and the peanut butter flavor did not really come through. And finally, the family thought there was too much marshmallow. This recipe does have double the proportion of marshmallow compared to most other recipes.

  • Lime cream pie with brown sugar graham crust

    • Zosia on March 14, 2020

      Excellent pie (and quite painless to make). It has great lime flavour without too much sharpness and the firmer filling makes serving easier. I forgot to add the zest to the cream so sprinkled on the top.

    • Littlebirdchoc on June 12, 2020

      Super easy recipe. Only thing I would change would be to leave out the corn starch. Gave the whipped cream a strange chalky taste, unless I did something wrong.

    • Kinhawaii on January 13, 2020

      We really enjoyed this. I like the thicker lime filling & lime zest in the topping. My current oven is usually pretty close to the recommended cooking times but the crust was done several minutes earlier & the filling was hardly wobbly after 20 minutes, when the cooking time given was 30 to 40 minutes. Delicious!

  • Mocha chip cookies

    • Zosia on January 17, 2020

      My family likes all things coffee and chocolate so these were a hit. The coffee flavour was strong, though balanced by the chocolate and rye, and there was a slightly bitter aftertaste from it, not surprising since each cookie had 1.5tsp ground espresso in it. The texture was as described with crunchy edges and chewy centre. My yield was 24 monster cookies.

  • Simple lemon spiral

    • Zosia on March 14, 2020

      Lovely and very lemony with just enough cream and sugar to balance the tartness of fruit. I found the cake very fragile and difficult to roll and it had an almost pudding-like texture. I wonder if one could get away with using less syrup and still have a moist cake that's easier to handle and more cake-like in texture. Note that the rolled cake must be frozen for 4 hours or up to overnight before icing and then should thaw for 3 hours before serving.

  • Super Bowl cupcakes

    • Zosia on January 28, 2020

      These were a huge hit! The cupcakes were moist, fine-crumbed and very chocolatey and were complemented by the peanut butter buttercream (reviewed separately). The batter was made with the reverse creaming method, beating butter into the dry ingredients. It took a few minutes longer at a higher speed than the recipe indicated for my dough to come together in this step. I made 20 cupcakes (62g each) that baked in 20 minutes. I substituted sour cream for creme fraiche and creamy peanut butter for chunky and added salted peanuts for garnish to compensate for the latter.

    • Jviney on February 07, 2021

      These were really, really good. I set my oven timer to the short side of the cooking time range, but the cupcakes were dry. Paired with the peanut butter frosting and the Ruffles and the chocolate, it didn’t matter. Super fun for the Super Bowl.

  • Peanut butter frosting

    • Zosia on January 28, 2020

      Incredibly silky, creamy and smooth (I used creamy instead of crunchy peanut butter) with good peanut flavour. I did think it could have used less sugar but the salty garnishes on the super bowl cupcakes balanced that out. A Swiss meringue buttercream - which I've never made before - forms the base of this frosting. The recipe doesn't include temperatures of ingredients so I did a little research and made sure to bring my egg white-sugar mixture to 185F. The recipe made a generous amount for 20 regular sized cupcakes (without snacking!)

  • Olive oil cake with fresh grapes

    • Zosia on March 23, 2020

      Rich moist cake with a pleasant citrusy flavour. Substitutions were made: zero fat Greek yogurt for whole milk Greek yogurt; fiori di Sicilia for almond extract; red grapes for green.

    • anya_sf on July 29, 2020

      Nice cake, easy to make, very moist. The instructions didn't say to grease the pan (just line bottom with parchment), but I did - can't tell if it was necessary. I squeezed as many grapes on top as I could and the cake handled them. Different fruits would be good too.

  • Eggnog cheesecake with gingerbread people

    • Barb_N on November 27, 2020

      I was able to make this ahead for Thanksgiving. I did not make gingerbread cookies for crust or people to top it. I used purchased gingerbread cookies (the ones usually purchased for the pretty tin). My husband (from NYC environs) declared this the Best Cheesecake he’s ever tasted. Agreed

    • Kinhawaii on December 11, 2020

      Yummy! Used bourbon- not for those who don’t like bourbon or rum- it stayed quite strong even the next day. I made the gingerbread but not having a small cutter tried using a different shape- it was a very sticky dough. Tried to refrigerate it after rolling it out between parchment with lots of flour but it was too soft, even tried freezing it for a bit, eventually just baked it & used pie cutter shapes when it came out of the oven before it hardened. The gingerbread tasted good but not sure why it was so soft, did by weight & rechecked. I was also going to not strain it but could see lumps of creme fraiche. Unlike her other recipes for me, took the full time to bake. Would make again.

  • Spelt croissants

    • tarae1204 on January 17, 2021

      I actually just made the croissants (using AP flour not spelt) from Chang's 1st book Flour. Reading anya_sf's note, I encountered the exact same things. Please know end results were delicious despite issues! I too proofed overnight in fridge, and they went from looking flaky and risen to deflated. I used Plugra butter. Butter seeped all over during bake, and I used a flat sheet. Rimmed better. I too did not want underbaked croissants and baked full 40 minutes. I wouldn't say they were doughy but maybe they could have gone longer. I compared the AP flour recipe in Flour recipe to the spelt flour in Pastry Love -- very similar. Despite these concerning moments in the process, and despite the 36 hours from start to finish, the croissants were still delicious and I hope to make more. The recipe in Tartine (both original and 2019 revision) is very different! Worth trying next.

    • rrobb on February 21, 2020

      Be sure to let these rise long enough. I let the shaped croissants rise twice as kong in my cool 70F house, but they ccoukd have used longer as the butter leaked out when basking and the layerss wwere too tight. That being said, they tasted fantastic and it was the easiest croissant dough I’ve ever worked with.

    • anya_sf on August 02, 2020

      The initial dough was very sticky even after 5 minutes of kneading, but at that point it seemed somewhat smooth. It was easy to work with after chilling. Rolling and shaping seemed to go okay. I used Plugra butter. I made a 12th "mutant" croissant with the leftover edges. The croissants seemed too crowded on 1 pan, so I used 2. After the initial rise, they looked great - large and puffy. I had high hopes. But after refrigerating them overnight to bake in the morning, they flattened out somewhat, and after proofing for the final 40 minutes, they looked totally deflated. So I guess they were overproofed? They leaked a lot of butter in the oven (which I thought was due to underproofing) and never recovered their height. Although they looked golden brown, I should have baked them an extra 5 minutes, as the centers were a bit doughy. I've tried several croissant recipes, but have a lot more to learn, as I've never achieved perfection. I will keep trying and would consider this recipe again.

  • Syrian nutmeg cake

    • Lepa on January 05, 2020

      This cake is unusual, delicious and easy to make. I normally don't like iced cakes so I hesitated to add the topping but it is not too sweet- more like a lightly sweetened creme fraiche.

  • Brown butter cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

    • stpbcyld50 on January 15, 2020

      Very good and very rich. Uses a lot of butter in the brioche base. Not your tall and fluffy cinnamon rolls. These don't bake all together and are much more rich. Tasty, though!

  • Ciabatta

    • bwhip on December 06, 2020

      This ciabatta was fantastic. Prefect combination of thin, crispy crust and soft, chewy interior. Great flavor with just the right amount of salt. Easy to make with clear instructions. We’ll make this again for sure.

  • Honey whole wheat bread

    • bwhip on February 18, 2020

      I've made this three times now, and we just love the flavor and texture of the bread. My only reservation is that it never rises as much as I expect it to, and because of that the loaves are fairly small and dense. It may be because our house just isn't warm enough during the various resting stages (though I try to keep it pretty warm then to help the process). Still, we really love the bread and we'll keep making it.

    • anya_sf on May 21, 2020

      I just made 1 loaf and wish I'd made 2 - we loved the hearty flavor and texture of this bread! Mixed by hand, the dough was too stiff to get fully combined by stirring, but it did during kneading. My loaf rose surprisingly high with lots of oven spring. After 30 minutes of baking, it started browning too much, so I tented it with foil; it needed 43 to bake (interior temperature around 200 F).

  • Parmesan-chive scones

    • bwhip on December 15, 2019

      Decided to try these tonight as an accompaniment to some chicken soup I'd made. Delicious! We really enjoyed them, and they were quite easy to prepare. Flaky, tender, flavorful. Made the house smell wonderful too!

  • Double chocolate rye cookies

    • bwhip on November 23, 2019

      Really good, chocolatey cookies - though I think next time I'll use regular all-purpose flour instead of the rye flour, which was interesting but a little odd here to our taste, both in flavor and texture.

    • Xyz123 on August 13, 2020

      These are my new all time favorite cookie!!!!

  • Ginger-peach crumb cake

    • anya_sf on July 14, 2020

      I made 1/2 recipe in an 8" round pan (2" high), which nearly filled it, so with the full recipe I imagine a pan with high sides would be needed. The cake seemed done after 50 minutes, but I wasn't certain due to the moisture from the peaches, so I left it in another 10 minutes. That turned out to be just right. I substituted plain Greek yogurt + sour cream for the creme fraiche and added a few extra peach chunks. The cake was moist and tender, and the ginger went well with the peaches. My family really liked it.

    • hilarie on June 18, 2020

      Delicious, moist cake that is quick and easy to put together. I felt like the peaches got lost, but I'd make again with different fruit.

  • Orange-almond pudding cake with chocolate ganache

    • anya_sf on August 07, 2020

      My family loved this cake. I made 3/5 recipe in a 6" pan (done in 1 hr 10 min) and half the ganache. Used candied oranges left over from another recipe and didn't have quite enough, but the orange flavor was still good. The orange pieces sank to the bottom - maybe too large? Not sure why this is called a pudding cake, as it's just a cake, but maybe because it's nice and moist despite no oil. Don't make the ganache too far ahead as the book instructs or it will harden too much. I had to reheat it and it wasn't as smooth and glossy anymore, so only did 1 coat of ganache (using all of it) - tasted great, just not as pretty.

  • Stone fruit and berry financier cake with toasted meringue

    • anya_sf on April 13, 2020

      I made half the recipe in a 6"x3" high springform pan. A wider pan probably would have worked better. The initial baking time was 18 minutes, but the center ended up a little wet, so perhaps the full 20 minutes were needed. For the fruit, I used sliced strawberries and blackberries. The uncooked meringue filled the cake pan, then rose a lot during baking, so it split in the middle and threatened to fall apart over the sides. Thankfully, it didn't. It shrank upon cooling, but looked a mess. The meringue got quite dark, so I reduced the oven temperature to 325 after 20 minutes; it seemed done after 40 minutes total. Overall, I liked the different flavors and textures in this cake. However, the financier layer was a little heavy, the meringue was ugly and dark (didn't taste burnt, but might have at the higher temperature), and I would have liked more fruit (but that probably would have yielded too much liquid).

  • Pumpkin-pecan bread pudding

    • anya_sf on February 16, 2020

      I made a full recipe minus the pecans for a pot luck, and a half recipe with pecans for home. Both versions were made with pre-sliced white sandwich bread, using 12 slices for a full recipe. The bread wasn't stale, so I dried it somewhat in the oven. I ran out of half-and-half, but whole milk worked. The half recipe baked in 1 hour. The pudding tasted like pumpkin pie, but wasn't super sweet; we enjoyed it with vanilla ice cream. I'd gladly eat leftovers for breakfast.

  • Swedish Napoleon

    • anya_sf on January 02, 2020

      I attempted to make half the recipe and it was a disaster, but much of that was due to miscalculating the size of the puff pastry and also oven failure while baking the puff pastry. For half a recipe, I used 1 sheet TJ's puff pastry, rolled out to 15" x 8", then cut in thirds, but those pieces were too small for the volume of fillings. Due to my temperamental oven, the pastry ended up puffing too much, making layering virtually impossible. Extrapolating to the correct size, I still think the pastry may not be able to easily accommodate all the filling - definitely roll it out as large and thin as possible. The whipped cream also wasn't stiff enough to easily layer; the weight of the top pastries and pastry cream caused it to squeeze out immediately. Some gelatin might help. At any rate, we ended up eating everything "trifle style" and the various components were delicious together. The topping is quite sweet, so only use as much as needed to make it pretty.

  • Apple jam

    • anya_sf on January 02, 2020

      I made this for the Swedish Napoleon and it was very tasty. You need to check on it and add more water periodically so it doesn't scorch, but it definitely needs to get very thick to be layered.

  • Raspberry topping

    • anya_sf on January 02, 2020

      Easy to make and pretty, but very sweet, so use sparingly.

  • Master pâte sucrée

    • anya_sf on July 06, 2021

      Different method for pate sucree, like making cookie dough, but worked well.

  • Master single-crust pâte brisée

    • anya_sf on June 07, 2020

      The first time I read the recipe, I was intimidated, but actually it was quite easy to make. With the egg yolk and milk, it's more like pate sucrees I've made than pate brisee. It was relatively easy to roll and baked up tender and flaky.

  • Master frangipane

    • anya_sf on January 15, 2021

      Simple to make, easy to halve the recipe, great flavor. Could maybe add a bit of almond extract to boost the almond flavor.

  • Master pastry cream

    • anya_sf on January 02, 2020

      Easy method, tasty. Makes a fairly thick pastry cream which can be layered.

  • Master quick puff pastry dough

    • anya_sf on October 28, 2020

      This was my first time making rough puff and overall it turned out well. I used Plugra (not sure if I should have) and needed a little extra water for the dough to come together (weather was also extremely dry). After a few turns, the dough started to soften too much despite my cool kitchen, so I chilled it before rolling further. Made 2 days before using, the dough baked up nicely with lots of layers.

    • anya_sf on January 15, 2021

      Although the recipe says the dough can only be frozen for a few days, it still baked up beautifully for me after having been frozen for 2.5 months.

  • Spring ricotta pie with fresh berries

    • anya_sf on July 07, 2021

      The pie shell was overly dark after 25 min; next time check after 20. I may have rolled it a little too thin as it shrank slightly on one side (but mostly didn't shrink). I was able to patch that with some raw dough and put a pie shield around the rest of the edge so only that part browned while the filling baked. The filling took 55 min to set. The pie tasted wonderful: light, fresh, and citrusy with just the right sweetness. We had extra berries on the side. Like most ricotta pies, the filling was a bit grainy, but I did use supermarket ricotta.

  • Plum-frangipane tart

    • anya_sf on January 31, 2020

      I substituted jarred pears cut in quarters for the plums. My 10" tart pan is a ceramic one-piece pan, which I used, but the pastry sides shrank a lot during blind baking, and I wonder if the pan material was a factor. I was still able to use the shell since the filling was shallow. Both the crust and filled tart were done 5-10 minutes sooner than the stated time, so check early. Even though the tart overbaked a bit, it was still moist and delicious.

    • Kinhawaii on November 18, 2020

      Will make again. Had a bunch of plums on the tart side so this filling helped balanced that. I used Dorie’s pastry so haven’t tried this version & covered the crust rim after prebaking it. My plums were green not red on the inside, cut into sixths. It baked in a little more than an hour for me - as anya_sf advised. We really enjoyed this warm & at room temp.

  • Cherry crumb pie

    • anya_sf on June 07, 2020

      I used a deep 9.5" pie plate to hold all that fruit. The crust needed to be rolled larger than 11" (more like 13") to fully line the pan and edges, so it was fairly thin. I've never prebaked a fruit pie crust that was going to get baked again. I worried it would get too dark, but it turned out fine. The crust was still tender and flaky. The prebaked crumbs were quite crunchy, almost too much so (update: softer and, for me, better on day 2). After 1 hour 5 minutes of baking, the fruit still wasn't visibly bubbly, but I didn't want the pie to get darker, so I took it out. My cherries weren't super juicy, yet what juice there was remained thin, despite the cornstarch. I wonder if tapioca starch would work better. The flavor was very good, with just the right sweetness. The pie was gone in 2 days so I'd say that's a strong recommendation.

  • Butter crumbs

    • anya_sf on June 07, 2020

      I used bleached all-purpose flour instead of cake flour, sifted as instructed. The crumbs barely clumped together, but formed more clumps upon baking. As a topping for the cherry pie, the crumbs turned out very crunchy.

  • Fresh peach crostatas

    • anya_sf on August 11, 2020

      Wonderful - tender, flaky pastry, lightly-sweetened peaches and a touch of almond. They are large - I had half for dessert, the other half for breakfast. My teenage son ate a whole one though. There were so many peaches, it was hard to fold the crust over neatly and I worried they'd open up while baking, but they didn't.

  • Galette des rois

    • anya_sf on January 15, 2021

      I scaled this down to use 1 lb quick puff pastry dough (recipe from this book), rolling into a 9" square and using a 7" upside-down cake pan to create the circle. Despite sealing the edges as well as I could, a little bit of filling leaked out. I also cut the design a little too deeply, as some filling leaked through the top. Nevertheless, the galette tasted wonderful, the pastry beautifully crisp and flaky.

  • Chaussons aux pommes

    • anya_sf on October 28, 2020

      I used leftover apple butter from another recipe. Although I sealed the edges of the pastries, when the instructions said to press down on the filling, I pressed too hard so some apple butter leaked into the seams and out of the pastry during baking. Fortunately most of the filling remained inside, and the pastry (rough puff) baked up light and flaky. The chaussons aux pommes tasted wonderful.

  • Vegan carrot-ginger muffins

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      Very nice, like carrot cake for breakfast, but healthier. The muffins rose more than expected. I made 12 regular muffins and they were done in 27 minutes. The texture was slightly dense and gummy, which could be because they have no egg, but also could have been because I initially forgot the oil and had to stir it in at the end.

  • Currant spelt oat scones

    • anya_sf on December 28, 2019

      I didn't have enough creme fraiche, so used 100 g each creme fraiche and buttermilk, which worked fine. I bet all buttermilk would work. I shaped the scones ahead and froze them, then baked from frozen. They took over an hour to bake, but my oven may have been off. The scones were crumbly, tender, and barely sweet. We enjoyed them.

  • Cranberry-pecan bread

    • anya_sf on December 27, 2020

      I had problems with this recipe, some (but maybe not all?) of which were my fault. The sponge accidentally sat at room temperature for 10 hours before being refrigerated. After the honey was added to the dough, it became super soft and soupy. I added a little extra flour and turned the mixer to medium to try and loosen the dough from the bottom of the bowl, but the dough was still very slack and sticky. I refrained from adding more flour until it was time to shape the loaves, which I was unable to do without a generous amount of flour, some of which I kneaded into the dough. The shaped loaves were quite squat and soft. I probably let them proof too long (lost track of time). They rose outwards but not upwards at all. Also, the oven may not have been sufficiently preheated; there was no oven spring. The resulting loaves were wide and flat, not too attractive. However, the bread was absolutely delicious, with an open, chewy crumb. We loved it toasted with butter.

  • Fig-walnut bread

    • anya_sf on November 25, 2020

      I made 1 loaf, which was a little harder to knead in the stand mixer due to low volume. I needed to add about 1/4 cup extra flour. The loaf took 40 minutes to bake (tested with a thermometer). The bread was hearty and delicious. We enjoyed it toasted with butter and fig preserves. Next time I would cut the figs and nuts a little smaller.

  • Panettone

    • anya_sf on January 01, 2020

      My first ever panettone turned out pretty well. The instructions were fairly easy to follow, but timing the starter was tricky. I didn't plan well and ended up using the starter after 42 hours; it still smelled okay, so I went with it. In the dough I used SAF gold instant yeast. The dough was quite sticky, so using a stand mixer was key, and I recommend using it to mix in the fruits. When handling the dough, I oiled the counter, my hands, and the bench scraper. My cake pans were only 2" high, so I made 5" collars. I'd bought paper molds, but was worried they were too short; in hindsight, they would have worked, as the baked breads were shy of 5" tall. I aged the risen dough for the minimum 10 hours, then baked 1 hr 20 min. I had a hard time telling when they were done - ended up taking the temperature. The sugar from the topping melted, causing the breads to stick to the pan (another reason to use baking paper). The morning after baking, the panettone was delicious and still moist.

  • Overnight starter for panettone

    • anya_sf on January 01, 2020

      Easy to mix together ahead of time, but plan your timing carefully. If you miss the initial 36 hour window and refrigerate the starter, you have to refresh the starter, then let it sit at room temperature 12 hours before using.

  • Panettone topping

    • anya_sf on January 01, 2020

      A mixture of sugar, almonds, and egg, this was a delicious topping for panettone, but crumbled easily upon slicing, and the sugar melted along the edges of the bread, making it stick to the pan.

  • Vinal Bakery multigrain English muffins

    • anya_sf on January 15, 2020

      I made the poolish ahead, but did not plan the rest of my baking schedule well, so the second rise ended up being 2 hours instead of 45 minutes (although at very cool room temperature), and the final rise after shaping was overnight in the refrigerator instead of just 4 hours. For that final rise, I placed a sheet pan on top of the rounds so that they would spread outwards more than upwards, and I believe that helped. I weighed the dough and got 9 muffins (slightly over 140 g each) instead of 10. The muffins took an extra 5 minutes in the oven to reach the correct temperature. I loved the flavor and texture of these muffins, which I'd consider ideal for whole grain English muffins. The crumb is not as open as traditional muffins, but I believe that's due to the whole grains (although could also be overproofing). The muffins were large and quite delicious.

  • Henry's apricot walnut raisin loaf

    • anya_sf on January 20, 2020

      I used the whole wheat brioche dough, which was easy to make as long as you have a powerful stand mixer. The bread was buttery and light; the combination of apricot jam, raisins, and walnuts was really nice. One problem I had was separation in the spiral. I'm not sure if I didn't roll it tight enough, or perhaps some egg white would help it stick. Be sure to butter your pan well, especially the sides, as the sugar topping can cause the loaf to stick.

  • Garlicky cheesy monkey bread

    • anya_sf on January 20, 2020

      Since I used 455 g whole wheat brioche dough for the apricot loaf, I just had 475 g left for the monkey bread, which I divided into 5 95-gram pieces. Gruyere cheese was a good substitute for fontina. Using jumbo muffin liners, I could only fit 5 pieces of dough in each, so I ended up with 6 breads anyway. I should've checked the oven sooner, as they were somewhat overdone after 25 minutes, although they still tasted good. I also forgot to remove the liners while they were still warm, and they were nearly impossible to pull off, even though I'd greased them. They breads were light, buttery, cheesy, and delicious.

  • Hot cross buns

    • anya_sf on April 12, 2020

      I made 1/2 recipe and used leftover candied orange peel from a Bouchon Bakery recipe. In my kitchen, the dough needed an extra hour to proof both times. Although I'm familiar with the roll shaping technique, I found it difficult to do with such a rich dough, which was easy to mold like play-dough, but not elastic like regular bread dough. The sides cracked upon baking, probably because I couldn't shape the dough balls taut enough. There was just barely enough glaze to pipe the crosses. The buns were sweet, rich, and quite good, but a bit heavy with all that fruit. I don't usually like candied fruit in hot cross buns, and I didn't love it here even though it was homemade - oh well. I still prefer Bouchon Bakery's hot cross buns recipe.

  • Clove glaze

    • anya_sf on April 13, 2020

      Faint clove flavor, good for hot cross buns. Makes just barely enough for the buns. I needed the extra teaspoon of milk to get the right consistency.

  • Challah

    • anya_sf on September 24, 2020

      After mixing even just the first 5 minutes, the dough was fairly smooth, not "shaggy". The shaping method was easy and yielded an attractive loaf. The challah was just lovely - soft textured with good, not-too-sweet flavor. It still tasted fresh the day after baking.

  • Almond croissants

    • anya_sf on August 05, 2020

      Although my spelt croissants didn't turn out perfectly, the almond croissants were still fantastic. I just made 3 and half the syrup probably would have been enough for 6. I could only fit about 2 Tbsp frangipane on each croissant. I prepped them the night before and baked them in the morning. Yum!

  • Apple cider sticky buns

    • anya_sf on November 02, 2020

      This was a 3-day project, making the components on day 1, shaping the buns on day 2, and baking the morning of day 3. I'd chop the apples slightly smaller next time - easier to roll. I wasn't sure if I could just refrigerate the shaped rolls overnight as I'd usually do, since they immediately started weeping liquid. I decided to freeze the shaped buns on a pan for several hours (early on day 2), then just before bed, placed them on the goo in the baking dish in the fridge. The morning of day 3, they proofed at room temperature, but even after 2.5 hours, they had barely puffed - looked more like they were sinking into the massive quantity of goo. But since they had puffed a little (and I was hungry), I baked them; they rose a lot in the oven. Made with whole wheat brioche dough, the rolls had a slightly nutty flavor that went well with the delicious caramel apple goo, and were still plenty tender. Although the goo was super yummy, 2/3 the amount would probably be plenty.

  • MG rye bread

    • anya_sf on October 03, 2020

      I made one loaf and had to substitute treacle for half the molasses. When rising, it never really doubled in size, even with extra time (the dough was quite heavy). Although this bread doesn't have a lot of rye, the flavor was still there; using dark rye may have helped. The bread was sturdy, dense, and rather sweet, but with enough sourness to make it great for ham sandwiches.

    • jenburkholder on August 03, 2020

      This was good, but nothing special.

  • Rhubarb-strawberry jam-n-butter biscuits

    • Kinhawaii on November 26, 2019

      I didn’t make the jam but because the biscuits don’t have any sugar, smothered them in my favorite raspberry jam. They were quite brown 5 minutes early (my oven is usually pretty accurate at 350) & were much better right out of the oven with lovely crunchy outsides, flaky too. Next day to reheat them to the same crispy outside made them much drier. Others thought these were too dry & for them perhaps I needed to have taken them out probably 10 minutes earlier. I think I prefer some sugar in my biscuits. I liked the addition of vanilla - but also substituted vanilla paste for the bean & extract.

  • Plum upside-down cake

    • Kinhawaii on September 24, 2020

      I substituted sour cream for the creme fraiche & milk & I don’t think if affected the texture much-was still moist, velvety. The caramel taste is stronger than the plum so was not popular with those who dislike caramel’s bitter taste. Better warm.

  • Vegan Hostess cupcakes

    • hilarie on June 29, 2020

      I love Joanne Chang's recipes, but this one wasn't great. Because of the aquafaba marshmallow fluff, these don't keep well at all. The ganache never thickened enough either. The chocolate cupcake base is good, and I'd use it again with different fillings and toppings.

  • Butter mochi

    • hilarie on April 06, 2020

      Smells great while baking! Made dairy free with no problems.

  • Jessi's caramel popcorn cookies

    • taste24 on June 12, 2020

      The caramel popcorn itself is delicious and surprisingly simple to make. The cookies have an odd texture - the popcorn becomes a little stale immediately after baking. Overall pretty good, but not sure if I'd make them again.

  • Christopher's honeycomb

    • taste24 on June 11, 2020

      In the Midwest, we call this Fairy Food. Awesome instructions and very good recipe. I have only made this candy in the winter time, as I've heard humidity can impact the end result. Make sure you spread the candy onto a larger baking sheet - I tried putting it in a 8x8 pan, and it was too close together that the candy never got crunchy and remained a little soft. When the candy hardened, I broke it into pieces and covered each piece entirely in chocolate.

  • Brown butter butterscotch caramels

    • taste24 on June 12, 2020

      Relative easy recipe with outstanding results - the brown butter flavor was so deep. Delicious

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  • Food52

    While the book is undoubtedly warm and approachable, it's also technical and exacting, to ensure a solid foundation in baking; preceding the recipes are a "baker's dozen" tips...

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  • ISBN 10 0544836480
  • ISBN 13 9780544836488
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  • Published Nov 05 2019
  • Page Count 352
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publishers Text

James Beard award-winning baker Joanne Chang is best known around the country for her eight acclaimed Flour bakeries in Boston. Chang has published two books based on the offerings at Flour, such as her famous sticky buns, but Pastry Love is her most personal and comprehensive book yet. It includes 125 dessert recipes for many things she could never serve in the setting of a bakery--for example, items that are best served warm or with whipped cream on top. Nothing makes Chang happier than baking and sharing treats with others, and that passion comes through in every recipe, such as Strawberry Slab Pie, Mocha Chip Cookies, and Malted Chocolate Cake. The recipes start off easy such as Lemon Sugar Cookies and build up to showstoppers like Passion Fruit Crepe Cake. The book also includes master lessons and essential techniques for making pastry cream, lemon curd, puff pastry, and more, all of which make this book a must-have for beginners and expert home bakers alike.

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