The Fearless Baker

The Fearless Baker

Simple Secrets for Baking Like A Pro

Book - 2017
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Top food stylist and Food52 's popular baking columnist shares her baking secrets.

When people see Erin McDowell frost a perfect layer cake, weave a lattice pie crust, or pull a rich loaf of brioche from the oven, they often act as though she's performed culinary magic. "I'm not a baker," they tell her. But in fact, expert baking is not at all unattainable, nor is it as inflexible as most people assume. The key to freedom is to understand the principles behind how ingredients interact and how classic methods work. Once these concepts are mastered, favorite recipes can be altered and personalized almost endlessly.

With the assurance born out of years of experience, McDowell shares insider tips and techniques that make desserts taste as good as they look. With recipes from flourless cocoa cookies and strawberry-filled popovers (easy), through apple cider pie and black-bottom crème brûlée (medium), to a statuesque layer cake crowned with caramelized popcorn (difficult), and "Why It Works," "Pro Tip," and make-ahead sidebars with each recipe, this exciting, carefully curated collection will appeal to beginning and experienced bakers alike.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Rux Martin Book, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ISBN: 9780544791435
Branch Call Number: 641.865 McDo
Characteristics: 383 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm


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Dec 26, 2017

This is the definitive baking book for those who want to know more than just how to bake their favorite pastry, but why the combination of ingredients or the particular method creates a specific result. I read it cover to cover after borrowing it from my library, bought a copy for my daughter, but kept it hidden for several days. Almost every day it was hidden, I wished it was available to consult.

Nov 01, 2017

This book is amazing and written by a genuine Lawrence KS native! The pictures are beautiful and it will make you want to bake everything!

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