Cookbook Corner – Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen

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Blue Ribbon Baking Blog

“Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen” By: Francine Bryson

Before you STOP reading – let me explain something. I felt more than a little questionable when I picked this latest cookbook up to read and bake from…and let me tell you – I was pleasantly surprised! It was everything that I thought it would be…on a positive note – with more than a few things I really enjoyed. Let me explain…

I remember watching CBS’s “The American Baking Competition” over the course of several weeks, and I remember Francine Bryson being on the show. She was my favorite contender because she used butter, butter and more butter in her desserts – oh and a little shortening, chocolate, heavy whipping cream and plenty of sugar (brown and white).

I KNEW what to expect when I picked this book up – and I was right. Recipes such as “Chocolate Silk Pie” (page 36), “Redneck Danish Cookies for a Crowd” (page 64), “Fudge Cake” (page 97), “Granny’s Queen Cake” (page 102) and “Turtle Cheesecake” (page 140) filled the book – all using plenty of butter…and this was expected.

What WAS NOT expected was the sweet stories sprinkled throughout. Stories about Francine’s mom, grandma, and family members filled the pages…and I immediately knew (after reading several “LOL” funny stories) that I would love this book – and love I did!

The book is divided up into the following categories…

Pies / Cookies and Bars / Cakes Like Granny Made / Cheesecakes / Sunday Go-To Meeting / Baked Goods to Show Off / Biscuits and Breads / Candy and Truffles

Each section is filled with delicious recipes and beautiful pictures. The stories that go along with each recipe are worth the price of the book alone. Some are hilarious – others are touching. Francine loves her family and through these stories – you can tell just how deep her love goes.

The recipes, I admit, are not “earth shattering!” but they are delicious tried and true FAMILY delicious recipes – and I really respect that. Francine shows her love through baking – and this book is her love note.

I have tried only three recipes from this book “Fudge Cake” (page 97), “Honey Bun Cake” (page 150) and “Apple Pie Bread” (page 196) and all three turned out perfectly. They were delicious and full of flavor – not at all dated.

I have several sticky notes attached to several other recipes that I am wanting to try – and I can not wait to get started!

I highly recommend this book for those who love baking and for those who love good family stories…

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The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. I received this book from “Blogging for Books” for this review. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.



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