A must-have baking bible from the James Beard award–winning baker and owner of the beloved Flour bakeries in Boston.
James Beard award–winning baker Joanne Chang is best known around the country for her eight acclaimed Flour bakeries in Boston. Chang has published two books based on the offerings at Flour, such as her famous sticky buns, but Pastry Love is her most personal and comprehensive book yet. It includes 125 dessert recipes for many things she could never serve in the setting of a bakery—for example, items that are best served warm or with whipped cream on top. Nothing makes Chang happier than baking and sharing treats with others, and that passion comes through in every recipe, such as Strawberry Slab Pie, Mocha Chip Cookies, and Malted Chocolate Cake. The recipes start off easy such as Lemon Sugar Cookies and build up to showstoppers like Passion Fruit Crepe Cake. The book also includes master lessons and essential techniques for making pastry cream, lemon curd, puff pastry, and more, all of which make this book a must-have for beginners and expert home bakers alike.
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Chang, a Harvard graduate with a degree in math and economics, grew up in a dessert-free home but has recovered nicely by founding Boston's Flour bakeries and writing this delectable collection. Recipes are organized into chapters, some with slightly cryptic titles ("I Made This for You"), and most are on the sweet side, naturally; a few savory dishes include biscuits stuffed with bacon, eggs, and cheese, and a bread chapter includes the likes of monkey bread loaded with garlic, shredded fontina, and dried thyme. There are ingenious creations, including a cross between kouign-amann (a Breton cake) and a sticky bun. Chang covers the international bases with panettone, Japanese milk bread, and Australian lamingtons (squares of butter cake). Headnotes are chatty and often funny: when Chang hosted a Swedish baking show, she was excited to display the Swedish language she'd learned as a high school exchange student but could call up only the word for strawberry. Instructions are impeccable, but occasionally she casts too wide a net, with items such as a vegan take on packaged Hostess cupcakes and gluten-free takes on lemon chia seed muffins and focaccia. Home cooks will find lots of go-to dishes in this ultimately solid baking book.
This is a great book . But I ‘d spend my money on other things.