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17 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
For the Adventurous Baker 8 octobre 2014
Par bakerbronte - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I own all the Baked Cookbooks. Chances are, when I need to bake something to impress someone, I'm going to pull out a Baked cookbook. They boast lots of ingenuity and offer refreshing, adventurous twists on the standby classics. Baked Occasions is such a book. It turns the classics on their ears and injects new life and flavor into them.

Baked Occasions is exactly what it sounds like: a baking book dedicated to turning out holiday desserts. It is arranged by month instead of by category such as cookies or cakes. Some of the holidays are expected: Italian Christmas Cookie Cake on Christmas or Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake with Milk Chocolate Glaze on Valentines Day. Others are a blast and clearly illustrate the authors' sense of fun (as well as why I keep buying their books), such as: a Coconut Bundt Cake with a Dark Chocolate and Coconut Filling to celebrate Dolly Parton's birthday (January 19th, if you're curious) or Derby Cookies to celebrate the Kentucky Derby.

The book begins with the typical "user's manual" introduction: what pans and implements will be used in the recipes and what main ingredients will be most used. I particularly enjoy the anecdotes at the beginning of each recipe. It's always fun to find out where the authors get their inspiration and pick up tidbits about perfecting each recipe. The recipes are well-written and give ingredients by both weight and volume. There are a few unusual ingredients (such as a purple yam powder and some gel colorings that are all available on Amazon). I think this is a book for the moderate level baker. Many of the recipes call for several components to make a finished dessert.The photography is beautiful, mostly focusing on the finished dish instead of relying on the current artsy fad of showing a cream covered whisk or a dirty pan. I applaud the authors for a book as beautiful as it is useful.

The only reason that I am deducting a star is that in this particular book, I felt the authors were reaching a wee bit far in order to produce a recipe in some places. As another reviewer noted, there is no way that I am ever going to construct a giant "cake" out of rice krispies. Cake would be better in every instance. There were a couple of other recipes in the book that didn't look to be anything special, such as the popcorn balls and an icebox cake. I also found that the index needed further work. The index states the giant rice krispy cake is on pages 161-163, but it is actually on pages 181-183. I don't think there are other errors because these guys generally produce great work, but I think it's important to note.

Those minor criticisms aside, I truly enjoy this book. The Toffee Coffee Cake Surprise was a real hit in my house--any cake with a ribbon of yummy through the middle is a winner in my book. Next up is the blood orange tiramisu! If you are new to Baked books and don't know whether to buy one, skip this one and get one of the earlier ones. If you already own a Baked book, then the answer is yes, you want this book too!
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Amazing photos and delicious recipes, somewhat odd organization 8 octobre 2014
Par Kat - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Baked Occasions is another hit, despite the less-than-useful organization scheme (Black Forest Cake Festival? National Chocolate Pudding Day? I don't need another reason to bake these goodies). I have a huge crush on Matt and Renato, having bought the last three books and finding that everything I baked from them was exceptional.

The only major difference in terms of style with this cookbook is the fact that there's no paper cover for the hardback. Otherwise, they go through all the kitchen tools and ingredients you'll need, including their specific preferences for certain brands in a few cases, with sourcing options at the end of the book. As before, each section has an overall story at the beginning, and then there's a cute little blurb in front of each individual recipe. Some of these recipes are quite complicated and may span several pages, but they have included notes with options for reducing the time (coconut sheet cake) or replacing a hard-to-find ingredient (purple yam in the Gonzo cake)

I was worried that there would be some "too similar" recipes, because how creative can two people be with four cookbooks in six years and lives to carry on? While there are definitely some obvious elements that are repeated across the four books, the recipes presented here are fresh and intriguing takes on their previously-established favorite ingredients (booze, coconut, chocolate, lemon, caramel, etc), with a couple completely different entries (Meat and cheese utopia easter pie). The inclusion of a vegan option - Hippie (chocolate) Cake is really nice to see. My lactose-free roommate is very excited.

In all, Baked Occasions offers roughly 24 cake recipes, 20 cookie recipes, 4 cupcake recipes, 3 bar recipes, 2 pancake recipes, and some miscellaneous recipes for things like pie, pudding, pop tarts, ice cream sandwiches, trifle, tiramisu, caramel corn balls, rice crispy "cake", and shortcakes. There are photographs for almost every single entry, and each one is stunning.

I made the black cocoa bundt cake today (I do love chocolate) even though it is not Father's Day, and my co-worker asked me to marry him. Seriously, these recipes are that good. Do yourself a favor, and buy this book.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
another winner in the Baked series 7 octobre 2014
Par Becky (NOLA) - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I was able to order Baked Occasions from my book club and have been happily baking for several days. I loved the earlier book, Baked explorations, and this book is equally delicious.

Starting with kitchen tools and equipment, the authors tell you what you need to bake their recipes, then go into ingredients and brand recommendations to make your baking a success.

The chapter arrangement is a little odd, by month instead of type, so cookies and cakes aren't grouped together, January has birthday cake, ugly but good cookies donuts, etc. However, the index is well laid out so it's easy to find recipes by name or type.

The pictures in the book are drool worthy, both inspiring me to try the recipe, and showing me how it should look when done.

The ingredients are easy to find in any supermarket. The recipes are well laid out, each recipe has a little back story, then then ingredients are listed on the left with the directions on the right.

Recipes range from the traditional, but delicious birthday cake, to the more exotic Chai spice truffle with mixed berries.

Measurements are given both in cup/weight. I like to weight for more accuracy when baking and appreciate being given the choice.

I remember my grandma buying jelly rolls, red raspberry goodness rolled up, but they were nothing like the light and lemony jelly roll with raspberry filling on page 79 (March). The lemon and raspberry pair together in a heavenly way, the result is light and airy.

There are a few non-sweet recipes, the cheesy Bastille day beer bread, and the Mega Easter pie for example, but mostly this is a book for the sweet tooth, the indulgence, the ooh and ahh of a wonderful presentation after a meal or with coffee in the afternoon.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Porn for Bakers 19 novembre 2014
Par E. Ashton - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I love all of the Baked cookbooks as there's always a bit of flair and twists to even the most mundane of baking projects, e.g. oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with a splash of bourbon. I made both the cover cake and the sour cream birthday cake for my daughter's birthday and they were such a huge hit it was almost embarrassing. I have people asking if I take orders in a most serious way.

Always fun, always tasty. I keep their cookbooks and will never part with them even after I've tired of other cookbooks and donated them to book sales or given them to friends. Like all of the Baked cookbooks, this one's a keeper.
Creative, fun, delicious 10 octobre 2014
Par Liz - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Baked Occasions is the fourth cookbook in a series from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, owners of two bakeries in Brooklyn and Manhattan called Baked. What I've always loved about their recipes is their sense of creative flare, and their fearless love of kitsch. Take their Dolly Parton Cake. A coconut bundt cake with vibrant pink frosting and flecks or rainbow sprinkles. It is certainly an eye catching dessert!

While there are recipes for many familiar treats, such as Oatmeal cookies and Cherry Crisp, what makes the Baked cookbooks so fun is their inclusion of recipes that you just won't find anywhere else. Chinese Five-Spice Sesame scones, Blood Orange Tiramisu, Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake with Whiskey Bailey's Glaze, Chai Spiced Trifle....there are definitely exciting recipes to entice new and veteran bakers alike.

Each recipe starts with a thoughtful anecdote from the authors, and then is clearly laid out with helpful advice pertaining to possible alternatives or difficulties you might run into. For example, one of the strangest looking recipes in the book, the Purple Velvet Cake, calls for yam powder, an ingredient I expect few have heard of. However, they recommend mashed sweet potato as a substitute, for a different, but still delicious result. I also appreciate the wide variety of recipes the book has to offer. In addition to many cakes and cookies, there are also pancakes, ice cream, beer cheese bread, and more.

I've baked through several of these recipes and have really enjoyed them. The Ultralemony Bundt Cake was so good I couldn't bear to take it to work to share with my co-workers. The Caramel Popcorn balls were likewise delicious. The book is full of gorgeous photographs, and each recipe is meticulously tested to ensure its success for home bakers. It will certainly inspire you get hungry and get baking! I'm having a hard time deciding what to bake next.
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