I am SO excited to share this new “Cookbook Corner” with all of you! I am IN LOVE with this book and have made countless things out of it and all have been beyond perfection! I highly recommend you BUY IT – but first, you need to read my review – it would be appreciated! Ha!
“Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love” By: Cheryl and Griffith Day
First of all – this is Cheryl and Griffith’s 2nd book. Their first one is fabulous and you can see my review on THAT ONE here – https://blaisethebaker.com/2014/09/17/cookbook-corner-back-in-the-day-bakery-cookbook/
Back to this one – it is a great book! I DO think that their first one was a little more “sweet” based, and this one a little more “savory” focused – but hey – together it is the perfect balance. Although, I am a fan of both, even when standing alone.
I feel like I have a “connection” with Cheryl Day (“Star Brownie”) because over a year ago, I posted something about their “Old-Fashioned Cupcakes” and posted a photo on Instagram – Cheryl commented and clicked she “liked” my picture! We have obviously been BFF’s ever since! Ha!
This book, much like their first, is filled with handcrafted, scratch-made and lovingly put together recipes. Each and every recipe is “made from scratch” and written and developed with love.
OH – and did I mention that scattered throughout the book are “recipes” for CRAFTS!? No? Yes! And they are fabulous… (more on those later)
The book is divided into eight main sections.
The Beginning of a Great Day, Everyday Cakes, Pie Day, Your Day-ly Bread, Holidays and Celebrations, Saturday Supper Club, A Satisfying Treat Saves the Day and Make It For a Rainy Day. (Get the “DAY” connection – Cheryl and Griffith DAY – you did!? Ok – good… Ha!)
First of all – when flipping through the book you will notice the beautiful photographs – I mean, gorgeous pictures with some of the best “antique” items in the backgrounds… I am a believer in “it is all about the details” – and this book and its photos hits that head on!
Just some of the delicious recipes that can be found in the book are… (I will share some of my personal photos, but do not want to bombard this review with pictures. If you want to see more of my photos follow me on social media).
“Jam Muffins” (page 15) which taste like jelly filled donuts – in muffin form! How bad can that be?! I have had these for breakfast more than a few times, and they really get better after the first day. The jelly and the muffin “get to know each other” and (dare I say) get even more MOIST and delicious.
(Page 17 – I love buttermilk too…)
“Chocolate Bubble Loaf” (page 31) is not only fun to make and eat – but fun to say! Say it with me “Chocolate Bubble Loaf” – “Chocolate Bubble Loaf”! What is a “bubble loaf”? It is like “monkey bread” – a pull apart loaf that can be shared – and so fun for entertaining! I am going to be honest here…the first time I made this…I ate it all. Every “bubble” – every crumb. It is delicious, and so easy to make!
“Banana Chiffon Cake with Banana-Cream Cheese Frosting” (page 65) is quite possibly the moistest cake I have ever had. (Yes – I use the word MOIST. I know a lot of people do not like it – but I do – get over it…) The bananas in this cake make it the PERFECT “make ahead” cake because once it sets overnight – wow! Delicious, and full of so much flavor, you will not believe it! AND the “Banana Cream Cheese Frosting”!? You might want to make a double batch. One batch to frost the cake – the other batch to eat, straight from the bowl with a spoon.
“Ginny’s Chocolate Chip Cake with Classic Buttercream” (page 68) is on my list “to make” – and SOON! Follow me on Instagram (http://instagram.com/blaisethebaker) to get my updates about this cake. It is a delicious butter cake with chocolate chips in the batter, and then frosted with chocolate buttercream frosting. I can not wait to try this!
“Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Glaze” (page 76) really hits the spot when I am wanting my “lemon fix”. For those who follow me on my social media links, you know – I LOVE LEMON! This is delicious – and really fresh tasting! AND speaking of lemon and fresh tasting and needing a “lemon fix” – flip to page 81 – “Lemon Pudding Cakes”! Heavenly! Like lemon!? You will melt over these delicious little cakes…
“Baby-Cake Party Hat” (page 87) CRAFT ALERT – CRAFT ALERT! Remember when I said there were also CRAFTS involved – scattered throughout the book and in between the recipes? This is the first one – and it is adorable! Perfect for a child’s birthday party – and so easy to assemble! Great idea…
“Banoffee Pie” (page 96) is delicious and was gobbled up when made for a local “pot luck” dinner. “Where did you get this recipe?” and “How did you make this crust? Is that pecans!?” Was most of what was said… after everyone explained that they wanted it again at the next potluck! It’s delicious – and EASY with only SIX ingredients!
“Cornmeal Sandwich Buns” (page 135) are quickly becoming a family favorite around here! My Grandma and I have been looking for the perfect recipe for homemade hamburger buns…and we found it with these! The cornmeal really adds a certain “flavor” and texture that really adds to the finished product.
“Sweet Potato Lemon Bread” (page 142) because – LEMON! LEMON and sweet potato BREAD!? Yes, and it’s delicious! I am looking forward to making this for their suggested use of the “Thanksgiving Sandwich” idea detailed in the book. I will report back in November how it goes…if I can remember to update! (Follow me on Facebook to get my updates also – http://facebook.com/blaisethebaker)
“Snack Pocket” (page 149) CRAFT ALERT – CRAFT ALERT! Make a snack pocket out of fabric – it is a genius idea and the “recipe” can be transformed into using about any kind of fabric and stitch!
“Caramel Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting” (page 160) IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CAKES EVER! I love anything salted caramel – and this caramel CAKE with the salted caramel FROSTING – delicious! I highly recommend this with a delicious cup of strongly brewed coffee…which is how I first enjoyed this.
“Beans and Corn Bread Cobbler” (page 204) is a genius idea that I honestly wish I would have thought of… my Grandma said she DID…but that is up for discussion. My Grandma loves beans and cornbread – why not combine them into a “casserole” type dish, and turn up the volume!? Classic “comfort food” recipe.
“Lunch Canister” (page 226) CRAFT ALERT – CRAFT ALERT! This is a fabulous and fun way to use antique / vintage flour, sugar canisters. I want one… I may try this soon… Perfect conversation piece for the office…
“PB & J Sammies” (page 250) are delicious! I used strawberry jam in mine – perfection!
“Cotton Candy Meringues” (page 252) are amazing! I may never eat cotton candy the “normal way” again. These are so much fun to make (and easier than the normal way of making cotton candy) and taste even better than the “circus” treat! I think these would be fun dyed different colors and cut out with different shaped cookie cutters! AND – no flour – perfect for those who are “Gluten-free”!
“Star Brownies” (page 254) are quite possibly the best brownies I have ever tasted. RICH, fudgy, packed with flavor and super easy to make… Yes – you need to beat the batter 100 times after each egg addition. BUT – it is a workout for your arms – and I need all the extra exercise I can get! Ha! These have been made several times… and they are gobbled up almost immediately.
“Lemon Buttermilk Fudge” (page 260). I love lemon. I love buttermilk. I love fudge. That is all…
“Apple Butter” (page 274) is by far one of the best recipes for apple butter I have ever found. I don’t know if it is the mixture of spices, or what – I think it is – but DELICIOUS!
Some of the other delicious recipes that fill this book are, “Raspberry Corn Muffins” (page 18), “Cinnamon Walnut Bread” (page 29), “Eggnog French Toast” (page 41), “Very Berry Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Glaze” (page 55), “Strawberry Buttermilk Cake” (page 74), “Pineapple Upside-Down Cake” (page 84), “Orange Buttermilk Pie” (page 100), “Blackberry and Apple Pie” (page 106), “Razzleberry Crisp” (page 115), “Sorghum Whole Wheat Bread” (page 131), “Buttermilk Dinner Rolls” (page 134), “Cibatta Rolls” (page 138 – and made easy with “step by step” photos), “Savory Rosemary Lemon Shortbread” (page 145), “Baby Cakes with Vanilla Meringue Buttercream” (page 152), “Alabama Lane Cake” (page 177), “Buttermilk Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Sorghum-Caramel Pecans” (page 187), “Sweet Potato PotPie” (page 202), “Spoon Bread” (page 210), “Pizza the Day Way” (page 213), “Chive Parmigiano-Reggiano Popovers” (page 219), “Honey Oat Cookies” (page 232), “Key Lime Shortbread Cookies” (page 236), “Decorated Sugar Cookies” (page 246 and made super simple with “step by step” how-to photos on decorating), “Salted Caramel Popcorn” (page 259), “Blackberry Lime Jam” (page 269), “Vidalia Onion Marmalade” (page 272), “Pickled Red Onions” (page 277) and “Homemade Syrups” (page 286).
Well – I could go on and on and on, (and some might say I have) but just trust me – BUY THIS BOOK! I highly recommend it for those who love sweet, savory, Cheryl and Griffith Day and delicious “made from scratch” food with love…
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