Food52 Baking: 60 Sensational Treats You Can Pull Off in a Snap

Food52 Baking: 60 Sensational Treats You Can Pull Off in a Snap


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A stunning collection of hassle-free recipes for baking cakes, cookies, tarts, puddings, muffins, bread, and more, from the editors behind the leading food website Food52.

Whether it's the chocolate cake at every childhood birthday, blondies waiting for you after school, or hot dinner rolls smeared with butter at Thanksgiving dinner, homemade baked goods hold a place in many of our best memories. And that's why baking shouldn't be reserved for special occasions.

With this book, curated by the editors of Food52, you can have homemade treats far superior to the store-bought variety, even when it feels like you're too busy to turn on the oven. From Brown Butter Cupcake Brownies to "Cuppa Cuppa Sticka" Peach and Blueberry Cobbler, these sixty reliable, easy-to-execute recipes won't have you hunting down special equipment and hard-to-find ingredients or leave you with a kitchen covered in flour and a skink piled high with bowls. They're not ordinary or ho-hum, either: ingredients you've baked with before (and some you haven't - like black sesame, coconut oil, and lavender) come together to create new favorites like Baked Cardamom French Toast and Olive Oil and Sesame Crackers. Filled with generations’ worth of kitchen wisdom, beautiful photography, and tips you'll return to, Baking is the new go-to collection for anyone who wants to whip up something sweet every day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607748014
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/22/2015
Series: Food52 Works Series
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 721,147
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

The home and kitchen destination website Food52 was founded in 2009 by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, two authors, editors, and opinionated home cooks who formerly worked for the New York Times. Since then, Food52 has created a suite of cookbooks, a cooking and home shop, a podcast, and a cooking hotline—and has won many a James Beard and IACP award doing it.

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One of us considers herself a baker; the other does not. Yet we both bake frequently at home. Amanda has had more formal training (the idea of rolling out pie dough or making a yeast bread doesn’t give her the shakes), but Merrill also grew up enjoying homemade baked goods. So while only one of us could assemble a croquembouche without breaking a sweat, we both believe in a more uncommitted style of day-to-day baking.

When we talk about “uncommitted baking” (that was actually the first title for this book, which went over like rain at a beach party), we mean the kind of baking you can do on a weeknight, once the dinner dishes are cleared away and the kids are asleep—without having to stay up so late that you’re bleary-eyed the next day. It’s the kind of baking you can take on, like Amanda does, as a fun activity with her eight-year-old twins; each weekend, they make a simple cake to have around the house for packed lunches and after-dinner dessert during the week ahead.

We’re talking about one-bowl cakes, cookies that don’t require dipping or finishing, slumps, crisps, quick breads, galettes, puddings, and muffins. This is the sort of baking your grandmother did—unpretentious and comforting. Each recipe comes with tips and tricks learned from years of practice, in the voice of one home baker speaking to another. None of these recipes will keep you in the kitchen for hours just for the sake of it, and each produces consistently delicious results. We wanted to create a book that would be your right hand whenever a baked good beckoned.

The recipes come from our readers, contributors, and team members. Many are treasured family recipes that have never appeared on the site; others are from Food52 and have become legends in our office. Our former editor Marian Bull introduced us to her family’s beloved schlumpf, an even more relaxed version of a crumble; with a name like schlumpf how could it not make it into this book? There are light-as-air berry scones from longtime Food52er mrslarkin, whose professional nickname is The Scone Lady. And we included Merrill’s mother’s recipe for cream cheese cookies, which have earned a bit of a cult following over the years among those addicted to their crisp, caramelized edges and chewy, slightly tangy centers.

All of these memorable recipes were expertly herded and curated by our editor Sarah Jampel. Sarah is like a whirling dervish, editing, styling, and coordinating—she’d complete a chapter or two before we finished our morning coffee. She left no stone unturned, and even pilfered many of her mom’s own baking pans for this book’s photo shoots. Under her careful direction, a baking book took shape that we hope will be an indispensable resource for bakers and nonbakers alike.

—Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs

Table of Contents

Breakfast Goods
Featherweight Blueberry Scones  |  2
Baked Cardamom French Toast with Syrupy Meyer Lemons  |  5
Yogurt Biscuits  |  8
Cranberry, Oatmeal, and
Flaxseed Muffins  |  11
Whole Wheat Molasses Yogurt Bread with Figs and Walnuts  |  12
Bestest Banana Bread  |  15
Buttermilk Dutch Baby with
Caramelized Pears  |  16
Overnight Orange
Refrigerator Rolls  |  19
Tomato and Cream
Cheese Turnovers  |  20
Cookies & Bars
Cream Cheese Cookies  |  25
Italian Cornmeal Cookies  |  26
Cardamom Currant
Snickerdoodles  |  29
Grape-Nut and Chocolate Chip
Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies  |  30
Six-Ingredient Peanut Butter and
Jelly Sandwich Cookies  |  33
Dark Chocolate and Cherry
Mandelbrot  |  34
Brown Sugar Shortbread  |  37
Balsamic Macaroons with
Chocolate Chips  |  38
Hippie Crispy Treats  |  41
Double-Layer Coconut
Pecan Bars  |  42
Oatmeal Streusel Bars with
Rhubarb Filling  |  45
Magic Espresso Brownies  |  46
Fruit Desserts
Blueberry Schlumpf  |  51
Nectarine Slump  |  52
Apple Brown Betty with
Gingersnap Crumbs  |  55
Almond Butter and Oatmeal Crisp  |  56
Blueberry Cream Torte  |  59
Summer Fruit Galette  |  61
Peach Tart  |  64
“Cuppa Cuppa Sticka” Peach and Blueberry Cobbler  |  67
Custardy Cakes & Puddings
Challah Bread Pudding “Soufflé”  |  71
Raspberry Clafoutis  |  72
Pudding Chômeur  |  75
Baked Rice Pudding with Coconut
Milk and Honey  |  76
Lemon Sponge Cups  |  79
Sour Cream Cheesecake with
Chocolate Cookie Crust  |  80
Coconut Tres Leches Cake  |  83
Everyday Cakes
Strawberry-Yogurt Snack Cake  |  87
Easy-as-Pie Apple Cake  |  88
Cold-Oven Pound Cake  |  91
Honey Pecan Cake  |  92
Spiced Parsnip Cake  |  95
Chocolate Dump-It Cake  |  96
Tomato Soup Spice Cake with
Cream Cheese Frosting  |  99
Special Occasion Cakes
Brown Butter Cupcake Brownies  |  102
Maple Persimmon Upside-Down Cake with Maple Cream  |  105
Tender Yellow Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Frosting  |  107
Cherry Almond Crumb Cake  |  111
Black Sesame Cupcakes with Matcha
Buttercream  |  112
Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Plums  |  115
Skillet Spice Cake with Gooey
Caramel Bottom  |  116
Gluten-Free Lemon Blackberry
Corn Cake  |  119
Banana Cake with Penuche Frosting  |  120
Pumpkin Pie Crumble  |  124
Savory Baked Goods
Heavenly Molasses Oatmeal Rolls  |  129
Black Pepper Popovers with Chives and Parmesan  |  130
Fifteen-Minute Olive Oil and Sesame
Seed Crackers  |  133
Cheese Crispettes  |  134
Basil Onion Cornbread  |  137
Savory Galette with Greens and Gruyère  |  138
No-Knead Thin-Crust Pizzas  |  141
Grilled Flatbreads  |  145

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Food52 Baking: 60 Sensational Treats You Can Pull Off in a Snap 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Food 52 - Baking 60 Sensational Treats You Can Pull Off in a Snap Author: Editors 52 Baking Published: 9-22-15 Publisher: Ten Speed Press Pages: 172 Genre: Food & Wine Sub Genre: Cooking; Biscuits, Muffins & Scones; Baking; Cakes ISBN: 9781607748014 ASIN: B00RKWAK4M Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Having grown up during the sixties and seventies and having spent many hours in the kitchens of my aunts and Grandmother who attended many a state fair with entries in pies, cakes, pickles and the such to garner a blue ribbon or two between them I looked forward to perusing this book. I have learned the value of time honored recipes that have been handed down through the family. I am fond of older recipes that have been passed along. There are recipes within the covers of this book that remind me of recipes I had forgotten or lost over the years and few that brought back great memories of the women in the area getting together to cook while the men worked on a neighbor's barn, house or coral that had been damaged due to storms, hurricane or tornadoes that had passed through. My Aunt Trudy use to make a Tomato Soup Cake that she would never share, but the one in the book taste just like hers did. My personal favorite is the Apple Brown Betty With Gingersnap Crumbs. These recipes are easy to follow and do not require years of training to prepare. Enjoy.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Food52 Baking is a fabulous cookbook by the team at Food52. This book has wonderful recipes that use fresh ingredients to make that dish pop. This book not only comes with great recipes but with helpful tips on stuff like how to get your cake frosted just right. With recipes like Blueberry Scones to Peach Tart and even how to make your own pizza crust, this book is destined to be a hit! For me alone, the pictures made the book, just looking at the pictures makes you hungry for these recipes! This book has recipes that I never would have thought would work like the cream cheese cookies and I love the fact that most of theses recipes call for under 10 ingredients. My only problem now is deciding which recipe I want to try out first!! Thank You to Food52 for sharing your excellent recipes for the world to know!! I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a honest review.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
I love to bake, so this book was a natural choice for me. I'm definitely more of a savory than sweet kind of gal, so I thoroughly enjoyed the savory recipes. Grilled flatbreads, pizza dough, cheese crispettes and more combine with the more sweet recipes such as Brown Butter Cupcake Brownies, Chocolate Dump-It Cake, Peach Tart and Cream Cheese Cookies to create a lovely book with a little something for everyone. There's even some gluten-free options! The book is well made with beautiful photos of the finished dishes. It's a great little cookbook to try your hand at baking. Happy Cooking! I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.