A Good Bake: The Art and Science of Making Perfect Pastries, Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Breads at Home: A Cookbook by Melissa Weller and Carolynn Carreño

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  • Multigrain loaf

    • bwhip on January 03, 2021

      This bread turned out great, we really enjoyed it. Crispy, thin crust, nicely hearty from all the seeds. My wife doesn’t like sourdough, so I substituted a simple poolish I made the night before in the same quantity.

  • Master recipe for challah dough

    • Meganwhitlock on June 19, 2021

      Absolutely love this challah - so unbelievably feathery and light! Although it takes a long time (long proving and overnight in the fridge) it’s not much hands on time and is straight forward and easy (especially with a stand mixer). The most time consuming part is shaping it, which I find really fun. It’s absolutely delicious as is, the sourdough starter and overnight prove give a gorgeous flavour, and I also love it lightly toasted with an egg. I bulk buy strong bread flour so made it once with that - the texture was not as light as with plain flour so wouldn’t recommend deviating from the recipe.

  • Cherry and pistachio panettone

    • alicek94 on October 15, 2023

      This Panettone is incredible! The major change I made was I omitted 100g of the orange in the second dough - I found that it was overwhelming when I made my first batch. I also used vanilla paste instead of vanilla bean. I took the average juice yielded from the oranges I had used for making candied orange peel and found that it was around ~80g To keep the hydration balanced I added in an extra 70g of water in the second dough (vanilla paste was about - 15g). Only other changes were minor! I soaked the dried cherries and raisins in a combo of rum and hot water and I omitted all the spices from the recipe- I wanted the sourdough flavor to shine through more The other note, is that the bake time for the panettone in the book is a bit low - it needs slightly more time

  • Cranberry cream cheese babka

    • Admaran on January 03, 2022

      The instructions were very difficult to follow for this variation. The recipe directs you back to the main babka dough recipe for the dough, then to the chocolate babka variation for technique, then back to itself for ingredient quantities. I had to look up one of the author's babka recipes from Food & Wine to verify I was doing it right. The results were superb, but the editing could have been much better.

  • Cardamom cinnamon rolls with buttermilk glaze

    • Emily Hope on January 06, 2021

      Tried these out for our traditional Christmas morning cinnamon rolls, and they have immediately become the standard recipe for me. (I used to use a Cook's Illustrated recipe that was fine but never great, and would often turn out too dry or gummy.) The dough is beautifully light and rich at the same time, there's plenty of cinnamon-sugar filling (though I did up the amount of cinnamon), and they came out looking like they were from a bakery. The recipe wasn't substantially more complicated to make than other cinnamon roll recipes, though you do have to chill the dough between the rise and the rolling (this also helps a lot with making the dough easy to roll). I did leave out the cardamom as there are some family members who don't care for it. If the other recipes in this book turn out as well I will be seriously impressed.

  • Flaky buttermilk biscuits

    • pavolva on August 18, 2022

      Scaled down to make 6 biscuits to accommodate some leftover buttermilk. Crisp and flaky, given the rough puff methodology, this is my platonic ideal of a buttermilk biscuit. Trim along the length of the folds after each lamination to ensure a maximum rise. Trim the edges after chilling (stuck mine in the freezer to get the butter back to a firm state on a hot summer day) for a more even rise. I’d add a touch more sugar and salt to the dough (1.5x) next time, and perhaps some malted milk powder, as I found myself craving a bit more depth of flavor.

  • Johnny Cash's mother's pineapple rum chess pie

    • Astrid5555 on January 04, 2021

      Delicious! Admittedly made only the filling from this recipe and used the “All-buttah pie dough” from The Book on Pie for my crust. No way was I going to blind bake the recipe’s pâte brisée for an hour and then again with the filling for 45 minutes. My pineapple was extra sweet so I decreased the sugar by one third, still sweet enough.

  • Wyatt's chocolate birthday cake with chocolate fudge frosting

    • Emily Hope on October 07, 2021

      Pretty close to the platonic ideal of a birthday cake. The frosting in particular was delicious, and not that much more work that a powdered-sugar frosting. The yellow cake was a tiny bit dry -- I may have left it in a little too long. C, true to form, was less than thrilled. Next year I will just do Betty Crocker and leave it at that!

    • Rachaelsb on November 24, 2022

      Sooooo delicious! The frosting is incredible and chocolate cake so moist. Truly loves up to its name.

    • VeesVersion on November 03, 2022

      I used the weight for vegetable oil with Grapeseed Oil; cocoa was Rodelle Dutch Baking Cocoa. All weight measures save leavenings where I used measuring spoons. The cake and it’s frosting were superb!! 01Nov22

  • Perfect yellow cake with chocolate buttercream

    • jzanger on November 08, 2022

      This note is only about the buttercream: I’ve had this book for a few months and haven’t had a chance to make anything from it, but I needed an unfussy and reliable chocolate buttercream to go with the yellow cake from Bravetart and this one turned out beautifully. It was silky as hell and nicely bittersweet. It was definitely less fussy than Stella’s (admittedly delicious) cooked fudge frosting and I think I’d be likelier to use this recipe rather than try the Bravetart one again. Can’t wait to try more from this book!

    • jzanger on June 05, 2023

      I've now made the yellow cake as well. It turned out beautifully and we paired it with perfect strawberries from the farmers market and whipped cream. I will happily make this recipe again.

  • White layer cake

    • jenburkholder on November 08, 2022

      Only made the cake, not the frosting. Flavored with pandan extract and cooked as cupcakes. Turned out fluffy and tender, very similar to a good boxed cake mix (as promised!)

  • Ricotta chocolate chip pound cake

    • aecooks on September 28, 2021

      Something seems off, this cake is super greasy and crumbly to the point of uncuttable. Maybe I measured wrong but I don’t think so. As someone else noted it takes quite a bit longer to bake than the recipe says.

    • TheWayEyeRoll on December 11, 2021

      The flavor is great but it turned out very greasy. Like someone else commented I thought I measured wrong. My only change was my pan was not 9x4 - I used 8.5x4.5. But I don't think that would account for the greasiness. Perhaps I creamed the butter and sugar too long or maybe I should have kept the ricotta in the fridge while I spent so much time chopping the chocolate. I wound up having to bake for 90 minutes for the middle to reach 200 degrees. I may try it again to see if I have the same problem. One suggestion - chopping the chocolate chips and sifting them as the author suggests took some time. I'd do that ahead of time next time.

    • jzanger on December 26, 2022

      I thought this was a great ricotta cake. I didn’t have the same issue with greasiness that others did, and I would probably attribute the issues others had to a batter that didn’t emulsify successfully. I think this cake might be more picky in terms of temperatures because it has a relatively high ratio of both eggs and ricotta, which both add quite a bit of water to the batter. Take your ricotta out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temp. Also make sure your butter is cool room temp when you start. I’ll definitely make this again.

    • Astrid5555 on October 14, 2021

      Despite scaling down the recipe to account for my leftover ricotta, this cake turned out beautifully (in contrast to the other 2 reviewers). The kids liked it a lot (chocolate chips!), big hit with their friends at school.

    • tarae1204 on April 12, 2021

      You must use the specified pan size of 9 x 4, or risk a terrible burnt oven mess. And cooking time may also be 1 hr 20-30 min. Use thermometer if you have one to confirm internal temp of 200 degrees.

  • Orange, coconut, and poppy seed cake

    • tarae1204 on April 14, 2021

      Not loving this cake. It only gently rose in the center. (Followed recipe to the T except I left dry ingredients in bag overnight and didn’t rewhisk. Used correct 10 inch pan.) Author says to test for done-ness by cake springing back from center. Well, mine didn’t at full cook time specified. And so I baked longer, tapping the center every five minutes. Finally the poor cake couldn’t take anymore and sank! Flavor wise: maybe the issue is Trader Joe’s unsweetened coconut. It’s readily available and affordable, but the pieces are just too big for baking I’ve decided, and won’t use them again. Cooking the 2 oranges takes 2 hours and much water replenishment, and you only use half the purée. The cake is very sweet, maybe a little sticky in the interstitial parts between the coconut. Positives: gluten free, healthy ingredients, very textural. The sliced almonds and jam on top are delicious!

    • elena1049 on April 09, 2023

      Not great. Had to take the cake out of the oven when the almonds on top started to get burnt even though I wasn’t confident the cake was done. Then the center completely sank. The flavor was good but texture was just fine, and the middle was goo. Not worth the effort.

  • Spelt bull's-eye scones with raspberry jam

    • jackthebaker on June 29, 2021

      These are fantastic. One of the best tasting scones ever. Really easy and really tasty.

  • Polenta cake with dried apricot compote

    • elena1049 on December 26, 2020

      Weight of apricots seems to be incorrect. Cake was good and would make it again with a variety of fruits.

    • jenburkholder on July 14, 2023

      Didn’t make the compote, but the cake was quite good - quite cornbread-y in flavor and texture. Held well, everyone liked.

  • Cinnamon swirl sour cream bundt cake

    • bwhip on May 08, 2021

      Wonderful recipe. I made ours as smaller individual cakes, in 4.25” paper molds, so they’d be sort of coffee cake muffins. They turned out great! Lovely tender crumb, nice ratio of topping to cake, excellent flavor. We enjoyed this very much.

    • Emily Hope on August 30, 2021

      Made this with R as a fun morning project, and forgot to add the baking powder! Despite this, my family of five demolished the whole thing in two days. Definitely a keeper--the sour cream makes the cake super moist and the lemon zest is a nice touch. I swapped out about 150 grams of ap flour for freshly milled pima soft wheat -- and might do a bit more next time. I also might try to cut back a bit on the sugar as it's a bit on the sweet side.

  • Banana bread

    • jenburkholder on April 14, 2023

      This was a good banana bread, but not in the top few I’ve made. Prefer a mix of flours, such as barley or buckwheat, to straight all-purpose. Also didn’t have enough leavener for the heavy dough, and turned out slightly flat. Didn’t dislike, but probably won’t repeat.

    • lofolky on October 06, 2021

      So good!! The bread was incredibly moist, not too sweet in my opinion, great flavor. I added chocolate chips because that’s what I was in the mood for and it worked just fine.

  • Pumpkin muffins

    • skvalentine on October 05, 2022

      My kids liked these. I substituted fresh roasted Seminole Squash for canned pumpkin.

    • jenburkholder on March 03, 2023

      Great pumpkin muffins. Perfectly moist and just the right sweetness with regular canned pumpkin. Make-again worthy.

  • Tahini white chocolate chunk cookies

    • sdeathe on October 13, 2021

      I wasn’t sure about this recipe, but just had to try it. Delicious, unusual flavour, not too sweet. Makes a large, but light, cookie; easy to eat the whole thing. Into the rotation. Added bonus I didn’t realize at first, they are gluten free as brown rice flour is the only flour used.

  • Chocolate chunk cookies

    • tarae1204 on April 14, 2021

      Promising but my cookies overbaked - first batch at 18 minutes as specified in book, second batch at 14 minutes, still very brown. Will try again using scale to weigh dough 50 grams.

    • Rachaelsb on March 07, 2021

      Soooooo good!! I have always been partial to Alice Medrich recipes but these are great. Such different texture but great chewy thinner cookie with yummy flavor. It’s a toss up.

  • Oatmeal raisin cookies

    • Kinhawaii on November 14, 2022

      Good but mine were very soft & almost sticky. Not sure if I did something wrong like maybe not drain off the raisins enough or maybe it was humid but despite getting pretty brown the edges, they didn’t stay crisp. I let it sit for 3 days in the refrigerator. They did have a more complex flavor on the sweet side but I didn’t like the texture-I would prefer it firmer. I got 24 cookies so mine were a little smaller.

  • Chocolate shortbread

    • Astrid5555 on April 17, 2023

      This was good but a little crumbly, not my favorite shortbread recipe.

  • Spiced graham crackers with chocolate marshmallows

    • Admaran on January 03, 2022

      These chocolate marshmallows were delicious and unusual. I loved the note about how the author learned to always cook cocoa powder in milk to deepen the flavor, rather than just whisking it in and using the mixture right away.

  • Milk chocolate and raspberry blondies

    • leilx on August 18, 2021

      These sound sweet but they are fabulous! and pretty to boot. Rich.

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  • ISBN 10 152473344X
  • ISBN 13 9781524733445
  • Published Nov 17 2020
  • Page Count 463
  • Language English


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