Happiness Is Baking

Happiness Is Baking

Cakes, Pies, Tarts, Muffins, Brownies, Cookies : Favorite Desserts From the Queen of Cake

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From the bestselling "legend" of baking ( New York Times ) , Maida Heatter, a modern-classic collection of her all-time best-loved, tried-and-true recipes
"Happiness is baking cookies. Happiness is giving them away. And serving them, and eating them, talking about them, reading and writing about them, thinking about them, and sharing them with you."
Maida Heatter is one of the most iconic and fondly remembered cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, are must-haves in every home baker's bag of tricks: her cookies, cakes, muffins, tarts, pies, and sweets of all kinds range from extravagantly special to the comforting and everyday. Her brown-sugary Budapest Coffee Cake, her minty Palm Beach Brownies, her sophisticated East 62nd Street Lemon Cake, and many other desserts have inspired legions of devotees.
Happiness Is Baking reproduces Maida's best-loved recipes in a fully illustrated new edition with a foreword by Dorie Greenspan. Developed for foolproof baking by experienced cooks and novices alice, these recipes bear Maida's trademark warmth, no-nonsense style, and her promise that they will work every time.
Happiness Is Baking is the perfect gift for anyone who loves baking--or who knows the happiness that comes from a delicious dessert.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316420570
Branch Call Number: 641.86 HEATTER
Characteristics: 287 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Oct 27, 2019

The inside cover of 'Happiness Is Baking: Cakes, Pies, Tarts, Muffins, Brownies, Cookies: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake' claims it is "Classic, can't fail recipes for a lifetime of happy baking". I can't argue with that.

However, I found only a very few recipes that I want to make and the "Cranberry Upside-Down Cake" is one I will be making this holiday season. While "Mildred Knoph's Orange Puff Cake" sounds absolutely delicious, I laughed out loud at the directions which said, "First, beat the egg white with a flat whip with the salt on a large platter..." and goes on to say she uses her turkey platter. Good grief. How does one even go about whipping egg whites with a flat whip on a flat platter? I've been baking for well over 50 years and that's a new on on me!

Before she gets into the recipes, the author writes one of the most comprehensive "Before you bake" chapters I have read. Kudos for that.

I am not a fan of baking recipes that use volume. Yes, I have tried and true ones I make, but I know how they should look and feel while mixing. With new recipes I prefer the accuracy of weight measure.

Alas to it's detriment, there are no actual photo's of finished products in 'Happiness Is Baking: Cakes, Pies, Tarts, Muffins, Brownies, Cookies: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake'

Nearly half of the book is cakes, another third is cookies with only the last bit being "Pies, tarts, Brownies, Bars and More". It's clear where the authors heart lies, but of course, the title tells us that!

'Happiness Is Baking: Cakes, Pies, Tarts, Muffins, Brownies, Cookies: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake' is fun reading, but I'm glad to have been able to preview it through KCLS.

3.5 stars

multcolib_karene Sep 24, 2019

Recipes look great (as Maida Heatter's always are) and illustrations are colorful but I really prefer actual photos of delicious looking cakes and cookies in cookbooks.


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