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Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking: Recipes and Techniques for Successful Home Baking by Cathy Burgett and Elinor Klivans and Lou Seibert Pappas and Chuck Williams

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  • PatriciaAnn on August 12, 2013

    Made the Classic Sponge Cake which I turned into a Victorian Sponge Cake and received raves from everyone. These world travelers said it was the lightest most delicious sponge they ever ate. Sifted the flour 5x and substituted superfine for the granulated sugar. Once baked and cooled, cut cake in half, brushed it with a homemade cake syrup in which I substituted 2 Tbsp. of Chambord for the 2 tsp. of vanilla and then layered seedless raspberry preserves and then homemade whipped cream. Placed the cake top on and gave a dusting of confectioners and garnishes of whipped cream and fresh raspberries. Will make again.

  • cpauldin on January 05, 2012

    This book has beautiful and helpful photographs.

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  • Orange madeleines

    • Susan_F on March 16, 2014

      Lovely cakes but very little orange flavouring comes through. Even so, they didn't last long at all!

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  • ISBN 10 0848727797
  • ISBN 13 9780848727796
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  • Published Oct 01 2003
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Sunset Books U.S.

Publishers Text

Every generation has its standard bearers--and for today's cooks, it's Williams-Sonoma. Second in the Essentials Series, this is the ultimate everything you need to know baking resource from America's favorite expert on all things culinary.


From the simplest muffins to artisan-style yeast loaves, it covers the ingredients, equipment, and fundamental techniques for successful baking. In addition to step-by-step photos and baking tips and tricks, this informative volume offers insights on baking traditions all around the world. Over 130 recipes include sumptuous photography, straightforward directions, and multiple variations--in short, everything a cook needs to know to rise to the top.



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