I have way too many cookbooks, and my bread baking books are mounting up with one more on the way. I bought this book last yr and made the crumpets then; they were very good and light. I did have to cut back on the salt though, it seemed too high an amt. I had invested a small amt w/King Arthur for the rings, worth the little expense. Making crumpets is on the stovetop, not the oven, so it's a nice change of pace and good for when you don't want to heat up the oven. Some people use old cut up tuna cans for the rings, but hey, this is my hobby, my passion, and it's cheaper than spending on golf clubs, no? That being said, I took up this book again this week and made the bialys. No rings needed by the way. OMG...delish. They are worth the calories. I couldn't believe how close to the real thing these looked and tasted, the golden crust so crackly. Only took 10 mins to bake. The author is right on the money with this recipe and the crumpets. Made the ciabatta rolls too, quite honestly the easiest and best ciabatta bread I have attempted so far. I had given up on making it b/c although my past efforts were quite satisfactory, it is labor intensive and time consuming and I can buy the best ciabatta 5 mins from home. This recipe was a total head slapper in how easy and light and crunchy it worked up and with so little effort and no annoying additional steps to do as is often needed. I didn't even use my baking stone as recommended, just a baking sheet w/parchment, and it was fine. Goof proof. Instructions given at end of recipe on how to freeze and for how long. Love it!
Now, the downside. There are several measurement errors here. The book gives all 3 measurements for each ingredient for each recipe when possible, so at at first blush, you think this is great, choose your preferred method of measurement and off to bread baking you go. But good thing I took the time to test all three measurements against each other bc that turned up inconsistencies that were way off. Example: The Angel Biscuits need: 2 1/4 sticks butter OR 10 ozs. of butter OR 140 grams of butter. When you weigh the 2 1/4 sticks you get near 10 ozs, fine, but you get nowhere near 140 grams of butter, it's closer to 300! The flatbread recipe of Mana'eesh is like this too...it says: 1/4 cup olive oil OR 4 ozs. of olive oil OR 113 grams of olive oil...1/4 cup cup of olive oil is only ONE ounce and only 40 grams...so which is it? I know one cup of olive oil to a recipe using only 2 cups of flour was all wrong. From past experience, I used 1/4 cup and crossed out the grams and ounces measurements immediately. This is really unforgiveable. I wonder how many more recipes are like this; but if I do attempt more, I will check EACH of the 3 measurements against one another and be sure they coincide with one another. Some do match up, but as mentioned, some do NOT! By the way, the Angel Muffins were not as I had hoped. For all the butter used, they were rich for sure, but felt too greasy. I threw them out, literally to the birds! I prefer a biscuit with just shortening and flour, roll, cut, and bake. For all the effort involved in this yeasted version, there was NO payoff.
I have the 2011 issue, so hopefully newer copies have reprinted the recipes with all the needed corrections. All I can say is, those bialys are incredibly good. No errors there. Wish I could say the same for all the other ones.