Bake And Decorate Hardcover
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nuances and suggestions of other worldyness..es.
The cover indicates exactly what is inside, honest, hand made with refined, elegant touches. If I wanted each of my cakes to look like I had spent 20 years as a professional baker, that would be an entirely different matter. Fiona has shown she is able to create for both worlds, with grace, ease and style suited for each of these worlds.
Fiona Cairns has published a recipe book that speaks to my taste buds and those of my "tasting possie", who now phone often to check what I am baking next... Thank you Fiona for taking the time to share your craft and inside information..e..g. 1T flour stops eggs curdling butter and sugar....who knew!
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My panel of tasters (6 friends, 4 women 2 men, phone now to see when I plan to bake) all agree that Fiona's delicate combinations of proportions and flavours are refined, yet joyful to the taste buds.
This is not a book for those who have spent years in a professional kitchen and wish to reproduce work suitable for William and Kate. The photo on the cover captures the expectations the baker will find in the pages of this generous book.
Fiona Cairns has shown she is capable of both styles, and personally I love her "hand made" style, I love the colours she has chosen for the icing (these taste as fabulous as they look - better!) These cakes represent honestly what they are.....cakes made by real people in a real home kitchen.
For those who want to bake delicious cakes, which work every time, for their family, friends and children this is a must, buy several as gifts, your friends will thank you.
What I believe gives me the authority to write a review of this fine book is that I have had the pleasure of tasting many of the cakes whose recipes are contained within said book. And, having tasted literally hundreds of cakes that my mother has baked throughout her life, in addition to those found in fine bakeries and restaurants, the cakes baked using Ms. Cairn's recipes are the best I have ever eaten in my life.
Without fail, the cakes baked from this book are light, moist and decadent; their flavours and layered an nuanced; and they look like homemade cakes should look - beautiful and full of character.
This book could simply be a gracious addition to any coffee table, but the real magic happens when butter meets sugar, flour meets eggs - and little handmade masterpieces emerge from the oven to delight even the most discerning of palettes.
I dare you to try one of her cakes an not be immediately hooked. This is the cake book to end all cake books. Period.