Lora Brody convinced people that they could make amazing bread at home in her bestselling Bread Machine Baking-Perfect Every Time. She guided novice cooks every step of the way in The Kitchen Survival Guide and The Entertaining Survival Guide. Now in Basic Baking, Lora instills the same confidence in those who want to bake but may be too intimidated to get past the ingredients list.
Basic Baking will teach you how to bake your first batch of brownies or tray of sugar cookies and have them turn out perfectly. If you don't know what "bakerspeak" terms like proofing or crimping mean or the difference between a baking tray and a cookie sheet, then this is the book for you.
Basic Baking starts by explaining what each ingredient's role is, so you can understand how baking works. What's the difference between baking soda and baking powder? Or between granulated, superfine, and confectioners' sugar? Straightforward explanations for basic techniques such as measuring flour, separating eggs, and melting chocolate follow. You'll learn how folding, beating, and mixing differ and what tool to use for each. You'll graduate to being able to answer these technical baking questions: What's the best way to "zest" a lemon? What's the secret to turning out silky-smooth batters? Basic Baking is filled with dependably answers, shortcuts, and tips that you' even use when you move to othe desserts. But, most important, Basi Baking answers that all-importan question: What's for dessert? you'll find 101 easy, homestyle desser recipes for everything from elegan holiday cakes to after-school treat that get an A for taste. Make bar cookies, squares, scones, pound cake and more. With innovative variation and "Lora Says" tips, it's easy to turn out fabulous, foolproof desserts.
Basic Baking is the ultimate survival guide-it's basically indispensable.
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Lora Brody is the author of twenty-two cookbooks including The Kitchen Survival Guide, The Entertaining Survival Guide, Bread Machine Baking: Perfect Every Time, Desserts from Your Bread Machine: Perfect Every Time, Growing Up on the Chocolate Diet, and Pizza, Focaccia, Flat, and Filled Breads from Your Bread Machine: Perfect Every Time. Her recipes have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives outside of Boston.From Publishers Weekly:
"There are dozens of things that make the difference between a successful foray into the kitchen to bake and one that leaves you inclined to run to the store for your next dessert," breezes Brody (The Kitchen Survival Guide; Bread Machine Baking: Perfect Every Time, etc.). Her newest work easily covers all the essentials for baking bars, cookies, cakes, biscuits and pies: from buying equipment and preparing a pan to measuring ingredients, choosing among types of chocolate and storing the results. Each chapter begins with a "What Should I Do If..." troubleshooting list that addresses such concerns as how to thicken a runny fruit filling and how to make puffier cookies. Best of all, Brody provides completely foolproof recipes for such classics as Shortbread, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Pumpkin Pie and more unusual desserts like Flourless Chocolate Cake and White Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding. Her standards are impeccable (even Brody "shudders" to think of how much testing went into Emmy's Blue Ribbon Blueberry Muffins): cupcakes come out bakery perfect and Chocolate CheesecakeAwith its crust of Nabisco chocolate wafersAis sinfully easy to execute. This title is perfect for brides, mothers of young children and all other readers who want a no-nonsenseAbut funAall-in-one baking guide. (Nov.)
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