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Baking from My Home to Yours

Biscuit's picture

by Dorie Greenspan.  Fairly new book.  I just finished reading it - have baked nothing yet.  Initial thought:  IF the recipes live up to Dorie Greenspan's usual standards (and her recipes are insanely reliable, so I suspect they will), this could rival Baking with Julia on my list of all-time great baking books.


It's written in that wonderful style of Baking with Julia.  Clean, simple directions, but fully explaining everything.  There are some old classics (carrot cake, muffins) and some old-classics-with-a-twist (tirimisu cake) and some things that are just totally new to me (cranberry lime galette and split level pudding).    Love the section on Apple Desserts - I love the idea of just apple desserts at my fingertips, since I always have so many.


As usual she adds lots of little extras like a page on how to marble cakes and breads properly - not something you'd think was difficult, but it does require a certain technique to get a pretty marble.


We'll see how it goes.  I am going to bake a few things from it this week - probably start with quickbreads and see how it goes.  There's a birthday cake in here, though, that is going to get used by the end of January.  Can't wait to see how that turns out.


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MadMom's picture

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I got that one for Christmas, and can't wait to try it out. 



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Biscuit's picture

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I must say - it's the muffins that seem to be tempting me the most.  Normally muffins are just pretty standard and boring - hers don't seem boring or standard! 


I guess I better go to the grocery store.  Ugh.  I just don't feel like going anywhere today.


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"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

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I can't wait to hear your results. Something else I love about the book is her "Playing Around" asides -- virtually quadruples the number of recipes the book contains.

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Wolvie's picture

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I've done a few things from the book - all winners so far. :-)

 


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Sondra's picture

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I've baked several things from this book so far, all are fantastic.  Off the top of my head,  I've baked the orange berry muffins, applesauce spice bars, biscotti, Kate Hepburn brownies, banana bundt cake, cranberry upside down cake, world peace cookies, love her pie crust ....  and more, just can't remember at the moment. 


It is destined to become a well used cookbook in my house!  Enjoy!

Jean's picture

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Ooo, I wonder if I have enough bananas for the b. bundt cake.
I may have to bake that today. Kids are coming for the weekend.




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shar999's picture

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Baking with Julia was written by Dorie Greenspan.


This is a fantastic cookbook.  So far I have made:


All in One Holiday Bundt Cake, Double Apple Bundt Cake, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, World Peace Cookies, Applesauce Spice Bars, and the Orange Berry Muffins.  They were all exceptional.


Now it's diet time.

Biscuit's picture

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Yes, I know. 

"I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security" - former President Gerald Ford

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

FitnessNut's picture

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I'll be eagerly awaiting your review. I picked it up last Friday when doing some last-minute shopping (on a discount table no less, for $15), but have only had time for a brief look-through. I can't wait to sample some of these recipes. Hopefully they will live up to her reputation!

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell
SallyBR1's picture

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This is really starting to get ridiculous, you know.....

Dec 29th - nope, I will NOT do it.

(le weak sigh)

 


 


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Jean's picture

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Sally--You Wannnt it--You Neeeeed it!! Really, truly!  It's a wonderful book.



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FitnessNut's picture

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Go for it, Sally! You know you want to!!!!

;-)

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Jean's picture

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Banana Bundt Cake is in the oven. My kids are going to love me.



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FitnessNut's picture

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Yummy. I'll be right over!!!!

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debpasc's picture

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She was on Martha -- again, I DVR and watch whenever so I don't know when -- and the recipe Martha picked from the book for her to make on the show was Far Breton.  The recipe looked very good and I did print it off the site -- great tea time and brunch recipe.  Haven't tried it yet, but it's in the notebook waiting its turn.

KarenP's picture

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I've made the almond scones, the apple turnovers, and at least one other thing..I have Tartine, as well, and I get them confused.  I've been very happy with the book so far.

Heather's picture

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I got Tartine for Christmas--what have you made out of it? I haven't had time to do anything yet but I have made her gingerbread for a couple of years since I saw the recipe in a magazine.

KarenP's picture

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   A friend did the banana cream tarts when we did our tart day. I did the fruit tarts with bavarian.  I'd done an almond thing I thought came from it, but that was a chez panisse.  The banana tarts were just as they are at tartine.  The layer of melted chocolate keeps the crust nice and adds some nice flavor.  The pastry cream has wonderful flavor, creamy, yet somewhat light if thats possible.  Same with the bavarian in the fruit tart.  I'd gotten some raspberries and marion berries that were very nice and this seemed one of the right choices.  I like the way that they wrote this book with the master recipes for each component.  
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Heather's picture

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Thanks, when I recover from holiday excess I will start baking. I was hoping their wonderful lemon layer cake would be in the book but I don't see it.

KarenP's picture

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I was hoping their wonderful lemon layer cake would be in the book but I don't see it.


  You may have me here because I've not had that one. On their menu it's a lemon soaked genoise with lemon cream, caramel and meringue, if it's the same one.  The caramel, the lemon cream, and the genoise are in the book individually.  Hopefully, thats the one!

Heather's picture

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It didn't have meringue or caramel--other than that. . .(G)

KarenP's picture

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It didn't have meringue or caramel--other than that. . .(G)


  If I have to go into the city, young lady......
  Is it the genoise or the chiffon?  neither?  

Heather's picture

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For some reason, I am vague on the details except that it was round, beautiful, really lemony, not too sweet and absolutely delicious. I'll have to ask my friend who had it at her party a couple of years ago. It might have been the lemon bavarian that you can special order.

KarenP's picture

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 I got so excited about components that I missed the Lemon Meringue Cake on page 81 followed by the bavarian cakes...It will be a grand time!

Heather's picture

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What are we doing up so late talking about cakes?

KarenP's picture

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What are we doing up so late talking about cakes?


LOL, tomatoes are out of season?  LOL!  Laundry at my house..I'm slacking the next two days!

Heather's picture

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Well my excuse is that I'm hooked on a new knitting project. But I really am going to bed now. good luck with the laundry.

Jean's picture

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OK, so what are you knitting?



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Heather's picture

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The Spiral Scarf from Knitting Nature--my first project from this Christmas gift book. Turns out the book is just loaded with errors. There is even a Yahoo group to discuss the errata. I've got to check that out this morning to see what they say about this pattern. So far the gauge is totally off.

Jean's picture

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Nice to know.  I came close to buying that book, now I'm glad I didn't.  I'll have to get it from the library.  The scarf sounds interesting. Post a picture when you're finished, please.



They told me I was gullible and I believed them.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need