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The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes from the Best Little Bakery in the South [Hardcover]

Griffith Day , Cheryl Day
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Book Description

March 6 2012
Fire up your oven with recipes from what Paula Deen calls one of the "must-eat-at-places" in Savannah

Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. As Paula Deen says in her foreword, Cheryl and Griff Day "bake decadent treats, but they also bake wonderful memories that stay with you forever."

To celebrate the bakery's tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book filled with customers' favorite recipes. It's packed with Cheryl and Griff's baking know-how plus recipes for their famous Buttermilk Biscones, Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S'more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and much more. Irresistible full-color photographs of food and behind-the-scenes bakery shots will give readers a glimpse into the sweet daily life at the bakeshop. Celebrating family traditions, scratch baking, and quality ingredients, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is like a down-home bake sale in a book.

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“Down-home and fabulous, the recipes . . . are classics with a little something extra.” —Food & Wine


“A delightful marriage of the sweet and savory . . . Cheryl and Griff honor these time-tested classics even as they infuse them with vibrant, unpredictable layers of flavor.” —Savannah Magazine


“Old-fashioned American treats with a healthy dose of Southern flair . . . A well-rounded baking book suitable for home cooks of all levels.” —Library Journal


“The tips, commentary, and notes are as fun to digest as these Southern sweets look to be . . . Impressive yet decidedly unfussy baked goods.” —Booklist

About the Author

Griffith Day and his wife, Cheryl, founded Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, in 2002. They're both self-taught bakers; Griff's interest in baking was piqued by the magical sourdough starter that his mother kept in the family kitchen when he was a child. He is the master behind the flavorful breads and the creative savory menu at the bakery, and his pioneering spirit complement's Cheryl's enthusiasm to create Back in the Day's unique atmosphere. Together they comprise a sweet and savory tour de force!

Cheryl Day and her husband, Griffith, founded Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, in 2002. They're both self-taught bakers; Cheryl honed her skills in her mother's and grandmother's kitchens. Her enthusiasm for enriching lives through the time-honored art of scratch baking is one of her most endearing qualities, along with a few dance moves she picked up in her days as a Soul Train dancer. Together, she and her husband comprise a sweet and savory tour de force!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Dec 17 2012
I've completed so many recipes from this book and they're all fantastic. The Mexican Hot Chocolate Shortbread cookies are perfect with just the right amount of kick. The Cinnamon-Sugar Donut Muffins are to die for! My whole family loved the Chicken Pot Pie Cobbler - my 9 year old son had two helpings which never happens. Oh, how could I foget the Bourbon Peacon Pie!!! My husband says it's the best peacn pie he has ever had. It's my new "go-to" book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baking as it was meant to be! Oct. 31 2013
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I stumbled on this book as I was looking for something else on Amazon and sort I impulsively bought it! I'm really glad I did because its a lovely book filled with good old fashioned baking recipes. The peach muffins were particularly delicious. I will say that for most of the recipes I tried, they tend to go just a bit heavy on the sugar, so I just reduce it a bit. Overall, a lovely book written in a lighthearted style.
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I have had this book for about 6 months and have made many of the recipes in it. Every recipe I've tried has been delicious and easy to make. The directions are straight forward, the ingredients are listed in the order they are used and there are lots of photos to entice you try something. It's also nice that the ingredients are easy to find and are probably already in your cupboard/fridge. If you're looking for really tasty food, that people will devour and rave about, this is the book to get. This isn't the book to buy if you're looking for low fat, low calorie, dairy free, and/or health conscience recipes that will help you lose weight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Recipes For Old Favourites April 20 2012
By Kathy A
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I really enjoyed this book and found many recipes I can't wait to try. I love the design and flair to the gives you a real cozy down-home feeling. I would like to see some lighter versions of recipes though, but I guess when it comes to comfort food, light isn't really a consideration. I'm sure you'll enjoy this's a keeper!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best baking book I've ever had! May 3 2012
By D. Gasteiger - Published on
I stumbled upon this book a few weeks ago and fell in love with it! I am a scratch baker myself, self taught just for the love of it! Thankfully I come from a family who helped show me the way. I love everything about this book. I've made six recipes so far from this book - Brown Sugar Banana Bread, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Red Velvet Cake, Cherry Pie Bars, Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Bacon Jam. I also had the pleasure of going to a baking class here in California with the lovely Cheryl and Griffith Day and got to sample their Chocolate Heaven Cake, Blueberry Buckle, Drunken Blondies, Coconut Cream Pie, Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting, and they made the Bacon Jam too. Everything that I have baked myself from the book as well as what they baked for us that day has been beyond delicious! Most to the point of incredible!! I have to say the Coconut Cream Pie was the best I have ever tasted as well as the Red Velvet Cake. I have made about 5 different red velvet recipes trying to find one that is perfect and their recipe is finally the winner! I tried Paula Deen's, Bobby Flay's, Alton Browns, etc. and their recipe blew them all away. I also have to say that I made the Cherry Pie Bars thinking they would be good but wasn't expecting anything spectacular but they were. I wound up using a mix of cherries, blackberries and raspberries from Trader Joe's and the guys that tasted it said I should enter it into a contest somewhere, it's that good! Don't even get me started on the Bacon Jam! It is one of the best things I have ever tasted! I personally thought it sounded weird and thought the bacon might be rubbery or something after all that cooking down with the liquids but it isn't.

Truly this is the first book I have ever owned that I feel I could bake everything from. Everything! There is so much love in this book and the recipes are ones that you will treasure. There is nothing really fancy about it, they don't try and reinvent the wheel, these are just incredible good old fashioned American desserts that have stood the test of time and will hopefully continue to inspire new generations to get back to scratch baking rather than buying manufactured baked goods that are filled with artificial ingredients and certainly made with no love. Do yourself a favor and get this book!!! It's written for anyone, whether you bake all the time or haven't ever made anything from scratch. This is certainly one that will never sit on a dusty shelf!

Update June 2014 - I've now made 30+ recipes from this book and it remains my very favorite baking book! They've all been great recipes! Many I have made several times over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Southern baking cookbook!!! May 15 2012
By Island Lady - Published on
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My husband is from North Carolina and we have lived in Hawaii for 40 years. I'm always on the lookout for good Southern cookbooks because he's very appreciative when I make Southern food. Cheryl and Griffith Day, authors, own Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, so this cookbook caught my eye. I took a chance and preordered it back in March. And boy am I glad I did! My husband says it's "just like back home cooking!"

I've tried several recipes so far and every one has turned out beautifully. The recipes are very easy to follow, ingredients are "every day" items you probably already have in your pantry. All I had to purchase was mace, whole nutmegs, and cardamom. But it's well worth it because these are used in several recipes in this book. I've made the sweet potato pie twice and my family absolutely loves it. I'd never even eaten a sweet potato pie before, so I had no idea what it would taste like. Wonderful! So easy to bake. Their homemade jam recipe is so easy and instructions are thorough and detailed. I made it using strawberries, both fresh and frozen. Turned out great both times. So much better than store bought. I've made the Southern Corn Cakes, Baked Vanilla Custard, Bourbon Pecan Pie (to die for!), Bourbon Bread Pudding (my Mom's favorite), and Blueberry Biscones with Lemon Glaze. Their special recipe for shortcut piecrust is amazing - buttery, flaky and so very easy to prepare. My next treat will be the lemon bars. Can't wait!

Everything I've baked so far was perfectly yummy! I never considered myself a baker, but with successes like these, I've come to love baking and making treats my family enjoys.
45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Photographs and Recipes April 20 2012
By E.M. - Published on
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With so many cookbooks that I've lost count, with most of them focusing on baking, it is not often that I come across a baking book that has interesting or innovative takes on the same old cookies, bars, and cakes. I was on the fence about adding a new book to my repertoire and actually used the "Look Inside" option on Amazon to try a recipe before purchasing. I made the Doughnut Muffins, and purchased the book immediately that day. I've had the book for one week and already made five recipes: the Doughnut Muffins, Blueberry Muffins, Mocha Oatmeal Muffins, Pecan-Chocolate-Espresso Coffee Cake, and Brown Sugar Bundt Cake. I can say with certainty that every recipe has been a winner. The baking times are almost true to what is written, which is also not something you find often.

Aside from the recipes that I've tried, what really caught my eye with this book was the interesting take on cookies, savory foods, and bars. We've all heard of Mexican chocolate, but Back in the Day Bakery has developed a cookie made with almond and all-purpose flour as well as chocolate and cayenne pepper for kick, which is one recipe I cannot wait to try. They also include a recipe for Bennecake Thumbprint cookies, which uses Benne flour, local to the Low Country of South Carolina/Georgia. If that doesn't pique your interest, then the Lemon Pie Bars, Drunk Blondies, Almond Crunchies, and homemade Sno Balls might catch your eye. Still not convinced? Savory foods such as Pancetta-Fontina Bread Pudding and Vegetable Potpie are also included!

The biggest complaint for cookbooks are those that don't include enough photographs. Back in the Day Bakery has a photograph on nearly every page, and you can clearly see what the end result should look like. Every recipe is incredibly easy to read and follow- just ask my 7 year old, who helped make the Espresso cake and Bundt cake. I can't say enough good things about this cookbook, and I am so glad that I purchased it. Highly recommended.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, needs improving May 12 2012
By ccb - Published on
I agree with the reviewer who had trouble with the recipes, the recipes need a little improving on the writers part. I tried the old-fashioned cupcakes, followed the directions EXACTLY, even used the brand of ingredients suggested by the authors (listed elsewhere in the book), disappointed. Where steps left out to protect their secret recipes? I will also try again. Hopefully, the next go around will be better.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip to remember April 18 2012
By Veronica Luna - Published on
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I bought a Southern Living Magazine with a cupcake recipe from Back in the Day Bakery and loved how it turned out (and so did my family). So I looked up online to see if I can get more recipes on their website. When I discovered that they were publishing a cookbook in Mar 2012, I immediately ordered a copy on Amazon. I received my copy late in March with no problems. I never been so excited to read a cookbook, I read it like it was a novel. I read each page and was in wonder with all the recipes and pictures. I was smiling at my husband while I have the cookbook open to a page with a picture of a lovely coconut cake. I told him "Wouldn't be great if we can go to Back in the Day Bakery and have this cake?" (pointing to the coconut cake). My husband replied and said "Let's go! Where is it?" We do not live no where close to the bakery, in fact we live hundreds of miles away. But my husband got online and checked on flights. Because my husband works for an Airline company, he and I have flying benefits to fly anywhere on standby for free. We picked a date that week and he ensured me that the flight to Savannah was available and crazy enough we got on the plane, landed in Savannah airport, took a taxi and found the bakery. When we entered the bakery I felt like I stepped into the cookbook. The decor and shelf was exactly as the pictures on the book's cover. We approached the display counter filled with cupcakes and scones and bread pudding and cookies and brownies. My eyes just lit up. I had asked the young lady behind the counter who took our order if she wouldn't mind asking if Mr. and Mrs. Day to come out and sign my cookbook (yes I took my cookbook with me). Cheryl was nice enough to come out of the kitchen a few minutes later to talk to us. She was so tickled that we flew out to visit her bakery. What a lovely lady. She was very nice to sign my book and take a picture with me. Little did I know that I became her fan that day? After we got home I was so inspired by my visit to the bakery, that I made 3 recipes from the book. The Sno ball, chocolate cake and Bourbon Bread Pudding and boy oh boy were they delicious! The recipes were very easy to follow even though the Sno Ball had several steps to make but man! was it worth it. I made the Bourbon Bread Pudding again for Easter Brunch and my family asked for seconds after seconds. I am looking forward to this weekend to bake more recipes. Cheryl and Griffith Day, if you ever get to read my review, just wanted to say thank you for sharing this beautiful cookbook and sharing your recipes so that I may relive my visit to your bakery and able to bake delicious baked goods in my own kitchen. Hope to see you both more often for I'm sure this book will make you famous.
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