Here is a run down of my top favourite three books I turn to when I am in the mood for some homebaked goodies!
3. Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale
Lorraine’s recipes cover everything from breads, muffins, biscuits and pastries to cookies, creams, tarts and pies and they packed full of her expertise and precision as a highly trained patisserie chef. After watching the accompanying TV series years ago I was keen to get the book as her baked treats looked simply gorgeous. The book is perfectly suited for beginners right through to those with more accomplished skills. Don’t miss out on: Totally lazy mini sausage rolls, three tier red velvet cake and cookies and cream fudge brownies.
2. The Hummingbird Bakery: Home Sweet Home
I was torn between choosing this book and The Hummingbird Bakery: Cake Days. In the end I chose this one for the sheer range, creativity and sometimes complexity of the recipes. However, don’t be put off by the detailed recipes if you are a novice to baking; the detail of the recipes makes them easier to accomplish! If ever you have a hankering for something sweet it is bound to be found in this book as it covers everything from cupcakes, cheesecakes and cookies to pies, traybakes and classic puddings. Be sure to check out: Custard cream cupcakes, peanut butter cheesecake and chocolate truffle cookies.
1. Mary Berry’s Baking Bible by Mary Berry
An absolute classic and must have for any aspiring baker. This book is a collection of over 250 foolproof recipes for cakes, biscuits, traybakes, tarts, pastries, breads, puddings and pies for every occasion and skill level. Mary also goes back to basics, explaining key baking equipment,baking terminology and common problems which can be resolved. Indulge yourself in: Coffee and walnut sponge cake, Mississippi mud pie, French Madeleines, chocolatines and millionaires’ shortbread.