February 16, 2011

The Practical Encyclopedia of Baking Cookbook Review

I am not a baker. It is a bit too precise for my tastes but every once in a while, I will bake something.

Next up on my Cookbook Challenge is a recipe from The Practical Encyclopedia of Baking by Martha Day.

This book is incredible! Huge. Heavy. Tons of photos and how-to instructions. Over 400 recipes.

Since I had some blueberries in the fridge, I decided to try this recipe.Here are some of the ingredients I used.The recipe did not call for this step but I dipped by blueberries in flour. I had heard somewhere that doing this will prevent the blueberries from falling to the bottom of the batter.Blueberry Muffins before . . . Blueberry Muffins after.
This recipe was easy but the muffins weren't that good. What I found interesting was one of the steps said to use a large metal spoon to mix the ingredients. Hmm . . . I used a rubber spatula.

In addition, my Wilton cupcake liners stuck to the muffins big time that I had to make sure not to eat paper along with the muffins. And, the Wilton cupcake liners faded terribly.

All that being said, I am excited to try more recipes from this book. In addition to sweet recipes, there are savory ones as well. And bread recipes from around the world.

I definitely recommend purchasing this cookbook.

What recipes have you tried lately?

"All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast."
- John Gunther


Terri said...

It is surprising that the muffins didn't taste good because they look amazing in the photo. We've not done our recipe testing yet. I think that might be tomorrow evening!

Monica said...

I don't like baking very much either, for the exact reasons you gave.

They might not have tasted good, but they sure look good! :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Such a shame you weren't too happy with this recipe. They look beautiful. Sometimes I've found that the longer they sit, the easier it is to get the paper off, but you may have tried that already. Congrats on following through with your cookbook challenge though:@)

Marie Anne said...

Really? Blueberry muffins that didn't taste all that great? I think that's against the law or something.

The last baking recipes I tried were my own. I came up with a recipe for cranberry nut bread and cranberry nut cookies. If interested, you can find them on my blog somewhere.

Carol said...

Shame the muffins weren't so good because they look amazing!
Looks like a great book, huge! But I like cookbooks with pictures, thanks for the review!

alissa said...

I agree with everyone else - they look delicious! What a bummer that they didn't taste that good. Strange.

Monica said...

That's too bad...they look amazing!!
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Melinda said...

That's my daughter's favorite cookbook! We haven't tried the blueberry muffins yet- but it will be soon!

shannon said...

Delicious! I can't wait to try them

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