Baking Day with Anna Olson: Recipes to Bake Together by Anna Olson

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  • Potato pancakes with creamy scrambled eggs

    • Zosia on November 06, 2020

      We really enjoyed this meal but what's not to like about this classic combination of ingredients. The highlight was the pancake, which was more like a potato crepe or a paper thin latke, something that was very new to me. Each pancake took about 1/3 cup of batter.

  • Wholegrain pizza dough

    • Zosia on November 09, 2020

      This was a great crust - crisp and chewy with a pleasant nutty flavour.

  • Mustard pretzel loaf

    • Zosia on November 07, 2020

      Fabulous bread! I couldn't taste the mustard but the bread had a delicious, savoury flavour and a soft, slightly chewy texture. The dough was soft and sticky but still manageable and putting it in the boiling water bath wasn't quite as terrifying as I expected. The indentations made while moving the dough in and out of the bath did bake out as promised but the spot where I cut through the surface with the metal spatula did not.

  • Chocolate loaf cake with white chocolate chunks

    • Zosia on November 08, 2020

      Excellent chocolate pound cake with deep but not too intense chocolate flavour and a fine, moist crumb. I didn't have the recommended white couverture chocolate squares, just callets that were a little larger than regular chips but they seemed to work out fine; the ones near the edges of the cake caramelized during baking but none were absorbed into the cake. My large eggs weighed only 50g each so I made up the missing 30g with an egg white left over from a previous baking project. Family loved it!

  • My go-to banana bread

    • Zosia on November 17, 2020

      This is a great tasting banana loaf that's easy to put together and has vegan and gluten-free options. I made the original version with coconut oil and a 50g reduction in sugar. Most of my favourite banana bread recipes call for some sort of dairy - yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream - so I'm happy to have found a good one that doesn't.

  • Oatmeal coffee cake

    • Zosia on November 05, 2020

      With its rolled oat garnish and coarse crumb, this cake was a little on the rustic side but it was tender and had a very pleasant lightly spiced caramel flavour. Dried fruit would be a good addition. I reduced the white sugar by 75g and it wasn't missed.

  • Carrot pumpkin chiffon cake with cream cheese glaze

    • Zosia on November 17, 2020

      I love chiffon cakes and this one did not disappoint. It had a lightly spiced pumpkin flavour that was complemented by the tangy glaze. It was perhaps a little firmer than some I've made; that could have been the nature of this recipe or user error. The large eggs I buy weigh less than the ones used by the author so I added an extra whole egg plus 1 egg white to make up the difference. It was delicious! And festive. It would be a great option if you're looking for a lighter dessert after a large meal.

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  • ISBN 10 0525610952
  • ISBN 13 9780525610953
  • Published Oct 27 2020
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 336
  • Language English
  • Countries Canada
  • Publisher Appetite by Random House

Publishers Text

Canada's baking sweetheart, Anna Olson, returns with an essential guide to baking for and with those you love.

Baking Day is the book we have all been waiting for. In this new cookbook, Anna Olson encourages you to spend time with your loved ones, baking along with her easy-to-follow, delicious recipes for all your favourite treats. This is a cookbook to bring family and friends together, and to bond over quality time spent baking. With over 120 recipes for all skill levels, there is a baking project in Baking Day for everyone.

Anna helps you find the right recipe by marking each one with difficulty level, necessary time commitment, required tools, and modifications for allergies or dietary restrictions. Anna's savoury and sweet recipes are suitable for every level of home baker, as she encourages you to challenge yourself and develop new skills in the kitchen. Her voice is truly encouraging, as she coaches you through each step, hoping to pass on the expertise she has learned throughout her 20-year career. She is especially mindful of her younger readers, or those of you baking with kids, making sure to point out the most important details for younger budding bakers. Step back from the craziness of life and connect with those you love over shared time in the kitchen. Very soon, "baking day" will become your favourite day of the week.

Try making your own "Gourmet Goo" Skillet Brownies, Classic No-Bake Vanilla Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis, or Toffee Pretzel Baklava. Anna also brings together comforting classics including Dutch Baby, Giant Glazed Cinnamon Bun, and her Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies, and recipes to show your loved ones how much you care--breakfast in bed for Father's Day, maybe, or a special homemade birthday cake for your best friend. There are even treats for your pets!

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