Baked Occasions

Baked Occasions

Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays, and Informal Celebrations

Book - 2014
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In Baked Occasions, Brooklyn's beloved Baked chefs offer a year of puddings, whoopie pies, cakes, brownies and more to commemorate holidays both expected and unexpected. New Year's Day's Hair of the Dog Cake (Rum-Flavored Hot Milk Cake with Broiled Brown Sugar Frosting), the Queen's Birthday's Chai Trifle, and Texas Independence Day's Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake join Praline Ice Cream Cake for Mardi Gras, Chocolate Pop Tarts with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling for Halloween and 12 Days of Cookies for Christmastime. With more than 50 gorgeous photographs and 75 unique recipes, you'll have everything you need to create a wide range of sweet treats for quirky festivities and traditional holidays all year round.
Publisher: New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2014
ISBN: 9781617690518
1617690511
Branch Call Number: 641.86 L5877B 2014
Characteristics: 271 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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ksoles May 05, 2015

The brilliant Baked Boys have returned! In their fourth book, "Baked Occasions," Lewis and Poliafito prove that every occasion deserves a sweet treat; from the Kentucky Derby to Dolly Parton's birthday, this book has an innovative recipe to celebrate the day.

Quirky, fun, yet still traditional, "Baked Occasions" presents 75 festive recipes (organized by month) along with 65 stunning photographs. True, some of the "holidays" seem a bit of a stretch but the authors' humour and expertise certainly make up for it. A vegan "Hippie Cake" for Earth Day doesn't fall short of delicious and Dolly's Doughnut turns out as a velvety coconut bundt cake with creamy chocolate-coconut filling. The Cheesy Bastille Day Beer Bread perfectly compliments the desserts with cheese baked on both the top AND bottom crusts. Finally, a section devoted to the Twelve Days of Christmas cookie baking presents carefully constructed recipes, each with its own story, including a delectable Gingersnap with Lemon Sugar.

Ideally, each recipe in the book would have its own photograph and the collection would include a few more savoury offerings. The book might also benefit from more in-depth explanations for novice bakers as it seems geared towards those with a moderate to advanced skill level in the kitchen. But overall, "Baked Occasions" provides engaging stories and inspiring recipes. The authors clearly share their experience and impart fun knowledge about an assortment of holidays.

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