This week’s “Cookbook Corner” is…
“Ovenly” By: Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin
This cookbook is quickly become one of my new favorites! The cookbook is “Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York’s Most Creative Bakery” (tagline on front) and sweet and salty is right – and I love it!
The cover, for one reason or another really drew me in… I loved the white cake with the dark chocolate interior being cut open and placed against a darker background. A lot of the current cookbooks have a bright “theme” – if not “loud” that almost screams to the reader “Choose me! Buy me!” which I like…but not all the time. The front of this cookbook is dark, simple and different – and I like that.
I also like the fact that it’s written by a bakery, and by the actual owners. I also like how each of the authors (and owners, developers if you will…) wrote their own introductions. It really gave a “feel” for what each bring to the book and to the recipes.
In case you’re wondering – the delicious cake on the front is their “Black Chocolate Stout Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream” (page 140). How many different verbs could be used in that recipe title that would make your mouth water!? Ha! 😉
The book is filled with amazing recipes (that of course are mostly sweet and salty) and is made up of the following categories…
Scones and Biscuits / Quick Breads and Coffee Cakes / Muffins / Cookies and Shortbreads / Pies and Tarts / Brownies and Bars / Cakes and Cupcakes / Baking for the Holidays / Fillings, Frostings and Sauces / Bar Snacks.
I marked several recipes to try such as their “Cheddar Mustard Scones” (page 28), “Poppy Seed, Prune and Lemon Coffee Cake” (page 45), “Pumpkin Olive Oil Loaf” (page 47), “Salted Apple Bread” (page 50), “Blueberry Cornflake Muffins” (page 58), “Jelly Doughnut Muffins” (page 69), “Muffin Bread Pudding” (page 70 – loved the story to this recipe too!), “Chocolate Truffle Cookies” (page 87), “Blue Cheese Apple Pie with Toasted Walnuts” (page 102), “Salty Super Dark Chocolate Brownies” (page 127), “Gooey Honey Blondies” (page 131), “Brooklyn Blackout Cake” (page 142), “Chocolate Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping” (page 153) and “Salted Dark Chocolate Pudding” (page 184) to name…just a few!
I highly recommend this book for dessert lovers everywhere! If you like baking, love eating desserts, and always seem to crave something sweet AND salty – this is for you!
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