“Baking Step by Step: Everything You Need to Know to Start Baking Now!” by Better Homes and Gardens
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., $24.99
During the summer, I keep my fridge packed with blueberries from the local farmers market, plus whatever berries are on special at the grocery store. Most of them are eaten out of hand or atop breakfast cereal. But, when I find myself with an overabundance of fruit, I peruse cookbooks, seeking inspiration for how to serve it.
That’s how I discovered the yummy — and deceptively fattening — recipe for Mixed Berry Cream Pie in “Baking Step by Step: Everything You Need to Know to Start Baking Now!” by Better Homes and Gardens. The pie recipe is among the cookbook’s more than 350 recipes for sweet and savory baked goods, all marked by skill level.
The book also includes 300-plus tips and techniques, step-by-step photos of basic baking techniques and an “Ask Mom” feature at the bottom of each recipe page. Its intro provides information on measuring and mixing, and how to choose and prepare baking ingredients.
The recipe collection ranges from easy, oven-fresh cookies like chocolate chip to more difficult-to-make yeast breads such as a cranberry-orange tea ring.
There also are recipes for specialty pastries such as manchego cheese appetizer puffs; cakes and tortes; cupcakes; cheesecakes; pies and tarts; muffins, scones and biscuits; and cobblers and custards.
This is a book sure to please both beginner and experienced bakers.
Cheramie Sonnier is a food writer and columnist. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, @CheramieSonnier.