Karen Demasco and Mindy Fox - The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets With Ideas for Inventing Your Own

1 ratings (1 Epinions review)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

It's All About the Baking

Nov 16, 2009 (Updated Nov 16, 2009)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Good, scrumptious sounding recipes

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: It's a good addition to any kitchen, especially helpful for the holiday.


The holidays are fast upon us and with them comes the urge to make all kinds of comfort food. In “The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies and Other Sweets With Ideas for Inventing Your Own,” we have no shortage of ways to satisfy the sweet tooth of everyone in your home.
 
Authors Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox offer chapters on muffins and scones, cookies and brownies, tarts and pieces, custards, ice creams, and roasted fruits, plus lots of other foods in each category.

Even better, they write about stocking the pantry, techniques to improve your offerings, and sources of such foods as chocolates, condiments and flavorings. Stocking the pantry is an especially helpful chapter, since I frequently have set up the bowls, heated the oven and prepared to work before discovering a key element is missing, which means either a permanently postponed baking effort or a mad dash to the grocery store.

Here are a few things they want all bakers to have at hand:
Flours and grains, including unbleached all-purpose flours, nut flours, polenta and cornmeal; sweeteners, such as granulated sugars, honey and brown sugar; salt, including sea salt; eggs; butter, including unsalted butter; oils, such as peanut, olive and grapeseed; dairy, including cream, milk and ricotta cheese; chocolate varieties, including milk, dark and white chocolate; nuts, from Sicilian pistachios to Marcona almonds; flavorings, such as vanilla and extract; and spices, such as Saigon cinnamon and pink peppercorns.

Among the DeMasco recipes featured in the book are: raised cinnamon-sugar doughnuts, apple fritters with caramel ice cream and apple caramel sauce, coffee cake muffins, almond rhubarb tart, blackberry pie with graham cracker crust, milk chocolate hazelnut panna cotta , and brown butter ice cream.

One of the interesting aspects of DeMasco’s recipes is the mixing of new ideas. It’s not all sugar all the time; seasonal or other special ingredients add to unique flavors. So we get spicy caramel popcorn that uses cayenne pepper; or apricot sorbet that uses Vitamin C powder.

 Included are ideas on ways to vary recipes based on the seasons and ideas on how to change recipes by pairing items.

DeMasco is the winner of the 2005 James Beard Award for Best Pastry Chef and works with Locanda Verde in the Greenwich Hotel in New York City. Fox is a food writer and stylist, a founding member of Chefs Collaborative and creator of Farmtotable.org. The colorful photos by Ellen Silverman may send you out shopping now so that you can get started on these delicious-sounding recipes.

 While you're out, you may need to buy some exercise equipment.

Directions are clear; there are recipes for both beginners and experienced bakers.

This is part of the Lean-N-Mean writeoff--go over and join the party.


Recommend this product? Yes

Read all comments (2)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Karen Kane Rose Print Top Print

Karen Kane Rose Print Top Print

Colorful roses enhance the feminine quality of this Karen Kane top styled with cuffed short sleeves and a shirttail hem that makes it perfect for Spri...
Karen Kane
Mindy Snap Front Skirt

Mindy Snap Front Skirt

Exclusive! The color of denim—taken to a new level! This versatile, softly knit, wear-anywhere skirt shapes itself nicely—and adapts to your sense of ...

$59.95

+$11.95 shipping
Milly Minis Mindy Floral Print Women`s Skirt Xs

Milly Minis Mindy Floral Print Women`s Skirt Xs

Milly Minis Mindy Floral Print Skirt The Mindy floral print skirt from Milly Minis will create a fun party look for your little lady the voluminous, g...
eBay
Karen Kane 3/4 Sleeve T Shirt Dress Print

Karen Kane 3/4 Sleeve T Shirt Dress Print

A versatile and comfortable favorite from Karen Kane the much-loved t-shirt dress is styled for Spring with a splashy painterly print. Details Include...
Karen Kane

$119.00

FREE Shipping
Karen Scott Multi-color Plus Size Knit Top Cotton Blend 3/4 Sleeves 1x

Karen Scott Multi-color Plus Size Knit Top Cotton Blend 3/4 Sleeves 1x

Dream Big! The vibrant colors and beautiful geometric print of this cotton blend top from Karen Scott will add a bright, elegant note to your wardrobe...
eBay

$7.15

+$5.95 shipping
Karen Scott Short-Sleeve Solid Top

Karen Scott Short-Sleeve Solid Top

Karen Scott's easy-fit top features short cuffed sleeves and a flattering boat neckline.
Macys.com

$29.50

+$9.95 shipping
Karen Kane Plus Capris

Karen Kane Plus Capris

A warm-weather essential, these Karen Karen Plus capris work wonders with a slimming silhouette in wear-with-all white.

$101.00

+$13.00 shipping
Karen Kane  Plus Size Tie Front Top

Karen Kane Plus Size Tie Front Top

Karen Kane Plus Size Tie Front Top. Karen Kane knows basics and this tie front top is no exception. From its long sleeves to its breezy material, this...
Belk

$44.99

+$9.50 shipping
Women's mindy dress with love graffiti print - kate spade new york - Black (2)

Women's mindy dress with love graffiti print - kate spade new york - Black (2)

kate spade new yorkmindy dress with love graffiti printDetailskate spade new york mindy dress features allover love script print. Round neckline; expo...
Neiman Marcus

$398.00

FREE Shipping
Ariat Mindy Faux Leather Western Shirt

Ariat Mindy Faux Leather Western Shirt

Faux leather knit top by Ariat. Long sleeve shirt with western yokes and front pockets. Rhinestone snap closures. Vendor Style: 10013274. Ariat makes...
Sheplers

$55.00

+$9.95 shipping