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.
Called the Queen of Cake by Saveur magazine, Heatter (Maida Heatter's Pies and Tarts, etc.) delivers an outstanding and approachable collection of classics for bakers of all ages and skill levels. Most of the recipes, like old-fashioned fudge cake, are simple, but even for the more complex ones such as her layered birthday cake, which calls for less than a dozen ingredients but spans five pages Heatter lays out clear instructions for each step in the process. As well, her recipe for Chinese fortune cookies consist of just five ingredients, but her clear explanations of the process make the difference ("Quickly place the fortune on the cookie close to the middle, then immediately fold the cookie in half"). Heatter covers the baking gamut with classic recipes for brownies, carrot cake, key lime pie, and rugelach, as well as intriguing diversions, such as a bourbon-laced 86-Proof Chocolate Cake and her Queen Mother's Cake, a flourless chocolate cake with almonds and espresso-laced frosting. Heatter packs the book with great tips, such as which cakes can be frozen before frosting; how to make your own buttermilk (which several of the recipes, such as spice cake, call for); and how to make perfect pie crust (glass pie plate is the key). This is one of the season's standout baking volumes.