By Laura, staff member, Keshen Goodman Public Library
Have you ever watched the Great British Baking Showopens a new window, only to think to yourself, “How hard could it possibly be?” We asked ourselves the same question, and the reality was... it's harder than expected! As we threw out a batch of cookies that were completely soft on the underside, the wise words of Mary Berry came to mind: “No soggy bottoms!"
We hope that the following list of cookbooks will help you in your baking journeys, and help to prevent dreaded soggy pastry. The best part? All of these cookbooks are available through on OverDrive through our E-library.
1.Baking with Mary Berry: Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Pastries from the British Queen of Baking by Mary Berry
It is only appropriate that we feature tried and true recipes from the Queen of British Baking herself: Mary Berry. Baking with Mary Berry features over 100 recipes, baking tips from her own experiences in the kitchen, and step-by-step instructions for those new and old to baking. Bake your way away from soggy bottoms, and into happiness.
2. Good Housekeeping Kids Bake! by Good Housekeeping and Susan Westmoreland
Baking is an activity that can be enjoyed by anyone at any age – with appropriate supervision, of course! Good Housekeeping Kids Bake! features more than 100 simple-to-make recipes for kids. Young bakers will learn how to choose the right pan for baking, which ingredients are common in recipes, and how to make delicious creations. From muffins to cookies, this recipe collection is a great choice for the young baking superstar.
3. The Redpath Canadian Bake Book: Over 200 Delectable Recipes for Cakes, Breads, Desserts and More by Redpath Sugar Ltd.
When it comes to baking, there is always room for a classic. The Redpath Canadian Bake Book guides readers through over 200 delicious baking recipes. Cookies, pies, cakes: oh my! This recipe collection features just about everything you could want to bake and is a great starting point for new bakers.
4. Cookies for Everyone: 99 Deliciously Customizable Bakeshop Recipes by Mimi Council
Cookies are a crowd-pleaser. Whether for a bake sale, a family event, or to eat at home with your cat, a good cookie never disappoints! Cookies for Everyone begins with all the knowledge you need to create delicious cookies. Council covers the type of ingredients you will need for most recipes, the tools you’ll need and tips on how to roll dough. With dozens of recipes, this book will help you master the perfect cookie and eat it too.
5. 5-Minute Mug Cakes: Nearly 100 Yummy Microwave Cakes by Jennifer Lee
Is it 9pm and the desire for cake is conflicting with the desire to not bake a full cake? You are in luck! 5-Minute Mug Cakes: Nearly 100 Yummy Microwave Cakes guides readers through quick and delicious mug cake recipes that can be made in the microwave. Funfetti, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel and more are found here in mug recipe form. Now you can have the cake you want, almost instantly.
6. Easy Vegan Baking: 80 Easy Vegan Recipes--Cookies, Cakes, Pizzas, Breads, and More by Daniela Lais and Jérôme Eckmeier
There’s a prevailing myth that vegan desserts just aren’t that good but Easy Vegan Baking is here to dispel those myths and provide readers with easy vegan recipes guaranteed to please a crowd. With recipes ranging from dairy free pizzas to pancakes to brownies, folks who do not eat dairy will be in heaven with these tasty treats.
7.The Best-Ever Wheat-and Gluten-Free Baking Book: Over 200 Recipes for Muffins, Cookies, Breads, and More by Mary Ann Wenniger and Mace Wenniger
No wheat? No problem! The Best-Ever Wheat-and Gluten-Free Baking Book guides readers through over 200 recipes for those living with Celiac disease or with gluten and wheat intolerances. From delicious cakes, to scrumptious cookies, this book has everything--except gluten. These simple recipes are easy to follow and are a great resource to have on hand for folks with food sensitivities.
8. Making Bread at Home: Over 50 Recipes From Around the World to Bake and Share by Jane Mason
Bread making is all the rage these days but it can be daunting to figure out where to start. Making Bread at Home guides readers through the basic techniques of bread making and dozens of delicious recipes from around the globe. So whether you’re a sourdough snob or a focaccia fiend this book will provide something to help your spirits rise.
9. Magical Animal Cakes: 45 Bakes for Unicorns, Sloths, Llamas and Other Cute Critters by Angela Romeo
If you have ever thought, “I bet I could make the elaborate cakes on Nailed It!”, you are in luck. Magical Animal Cakes introduces readers to 45 animal themed cake recipes. Have you dreamed of creating a giant sloth cake? Now is the time! If you are new to elaborate cakes, the book features tips and tricks to get you started. Walk on the wild side on your next baking adventure, and have people roaring with delight.
10. Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped: Easy Doughnut Recipes to Fry or Bake at Home--A Baking Book by Stephen Collucci and Elizabeth Gunnison
We would be really leaving a hole in this list if we did not include a book on how to make your own doughnuts. Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped guides readers through the exciting world of doughnut making. This recipe collection features over more than 50 easy to bake doughnut recipes. Go ahead, check this book out, and sprinkle some baked goodness into your life.
What is your favourite baking cookbook? Have you attempted a recipe from one of your recommendations? Let us know in the comments!