Favorite Cookbook: Baking by Dorie Greenspan
I would imagine that nearly all cooks and bakers have at least one favorite cookbook that they go to often or learned from. I am not discluded in this. I have several that I have cooked and baked out of for years.
One of my favorite cookbooks is “Baking” by Dorie Greenspan. I obtained my copy many years ago, when I noticed that a lot of baking blogs had a ring where they all would pick a recipe from Dorie’s book, bake it, and blog about it on a certain day of the week. I didn’t have a blog at the time, and with an infant, toddler, and three older children I was home-schooling, as well as a music career that I was working on, I knew that my blog would be terribly done, if I tried it. I loved keeping up with their posts though.
Since I’ve bought the book, I can’t even number the times that the family has picked it up to use it. (My girls can bake too, and this is one of their favorite books also.) I also learned a lot about baking technique since I’ve had the book.
Some of my favorite recipes are Cream Scones, Cardamom Crumb Cake, Swedish Visiting Cake, Lemon Cream Tart, and Classic Banana Bundt Cake. The last recipe has replaced banana bread in our house, although we don’t put icing on it. My husband loves lemons and Lemon Cream Tart recipe is now one of his favorite desserts. For me, there is nothing like the smell of Cardamom Crumb Cake on a fall morning. The Swedish Visiting Cake is one of the first cakes that my girls each made. It is simple and delicious, and useful in a pinch, as it takes little time to make it. The Cream Scones are close match to the scones that Eric and I had while at afternoon tea in Scotland.
If you buy this book, and you love to bake, I can guarantee that you’ll pick it up again and again. We certainly have.