I have vivid memories of visiting each of my grandmothers on fairly regular occasion. One of my grandmothers always served up a huge plate of home-made scones. Of course there were bowls full of different jams (raspberry being my favourite) and highly sugared cream to pile high on those delicious scones. My other grandmother was more the ‘apple tea cake’ type of person. Spiced apples sitting atop a cake, that when I was young, seemed to be taller than any other cake could possibly be.
My brother, sister and I loved visiting our grandmothers, of course we loved them dearly and loved spending time with them, but our self-indulgent childish thoughts always went to the cakes, scones and other delicacies we would be served when we were there.
In those days, it seemed like it was a grandmother’s duty to bake ‘special’ cakes for their family and course we all eagerly polished off their delicious baking efforts, and looking back now, I think of the love I saw in their eyes as their family indulged in the baking being devoured with great joy.
As our lives have become so busy, the joy of baking for our families seems to have slipped past many of us, but with the right tools and ingredients, the love, joy and relaxation of producing something delicious for the family can be easy.
Whether you want to bake a cake for afternoon tea, a dinner party, a dessert, or just because you want to, Bake Your Cake & Eat It Too will provide you with a deliciously different selection to choose from. Author, Tamara Milstein-Newing, shares important tips, handy hints and information that can only be compiled after years of experience. If you already love to bake, or want to revisit the joy that your grandmother or mother had from baking, this cookbook will become an invaluable source of inspiration!
Since first being published in 1997, this much sought after cookbook has been updated with many new recipes and features innovative cakes from around the world in a beautifully clear and concise format with gorgeous photographs to whet your appetite.
Each recipe in Bake Your Cake & Eat It Too has all the information you need right at your fingertips. The book starts out with the basics, the absolute necessities of baking, not the high-tech whizz bang expensive machines that can be used, but most certainly are not essential. Tamara also points out that quality ingredients are necessary for a quality end product and that using the right type of a particular ingredient makes all the difference to your cake i.e. using a firm banana when a soft one is called for will alter the whole essence of the recipe.
As we eat with our eyes before we eat with our mouth, garnishes and syrups can add a lot of extra joy to your baking. Tamara provides recipes for basic sugar syrup, citrus sugar syrup, coffee syrup, spice syrup as well as many recipes for crumbles, pralines and the best ways to decorate your cake with fresh fruit.
The recipes in Bake your Cake & Eat It Too cover every cake lovers dreams – cakes with fresh fruit, chocolate, caramel and coffee, flourless cakes, spice cakes, yeast cakes, ones made with buttermilk and sour cream, cheesecakes and those that are full of dried fruits and even winter vegetables.
Bake Your Cake & Eat It Too makes baking a cake easy and fun – the way it should be!
Bake Your Cake & Eat It Too – RRP$29.99 is available at all good book stores or http://au.newhollandpublishers.com