The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook


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New York Times best seller
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Cookbook of the Year
Fire up your oven with recipes Food & Wine calls “down-home and fabulous . . . classics with a little something extra.”

Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. As Paula Deen says in her foreword, Cheryl and Griff Day “bake decadent treats, but they also bake wonderful memories that stay with you forever.”

To celebrate the bakery’s tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book filled with customers’ favorite recipes. It’s packed with Cheryl and Griff’s baking know-how plus recipes for their famous Buttermilk Biscones, Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S’more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and much more. Irresistible full-color photographs of food and behind-the-scenes bakery shots will give readers a glimpse into the sweet daily life at the bakeshop. Celebrating family traditions, scratch baking, and quality ingredients, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is like a down-home bake sale in a book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579654580
Publisher: Artisan
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 281,270
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Day and Griffith Day are self-taught bakers who founded Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, in 2002. Their latest cookbook, Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love, is a national bestseller, and they were semi-finalists for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Baker. Cheryl honed her skills in her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, and her enthusiasm for enriching lives through the time-honored art of scratch baking is one of her most endearing qualities (along with a few dance moves she picked up in her days as a Soul Train dancer!). Griff’s interest in baking was piqued by the magical sourdough starter that his mother kept in the family kitchen when he was a child. He is a master of flavorful breads and creative savory dishes. Cheryl and Griff got married in their bakery, and the recipe for their wedding cake appears in their first cookbook, the New York Times bestseller The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook.


Credit: "Excerpted from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day & Griffith Day (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2012. Photographs by Squire Fox."

Cinnamon-Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Serves 8 to 10

This recipe makes the quintessential coffee cake, the kind you find in an old-fashioned coffee shop or diner, served with a steaming cup of joe. The addition of cardamom gives it a flavorful and unexpected zing. With a honey drizzle on the crumb topping, it's fancy enough for an afternoon gathering of friends or a Sunday brunch.

For the streusel:
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

For the cake:
2 ½ cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder, preferably aluminum-free
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups sour cream

For the glaze:
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons honey

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350?F. Spray a 10-inch tube pan with vegetable oil spray and line the bottom with a ring of parchment.

To make the streusel: In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and pecans, if using. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the crumbs are the size of peas. Put the topping in a covered container and set in the freezer while you mix the cake batter.

To make the cake: Sift together the flour, baking power, baking soda, salt, and cardamom; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer), cream the butter and granulated sugar for 4 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla and sour cream and mix just until blended.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture in thirds to the butter mixture, mixing it until just combined and no streaks of flour are visible; scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Scrape half the batter into the prepared tube pan and spread it evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter into the pan, spreading it evenly, and top with the remaining streusel.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes.

While the cake cools, make the glaze: Mix the confectioners' sugar, honey, and 2 tablespoons water together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Turn the cake out of the pan, then invert onto a serving plate, with the streusel side up. Use a fork to drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake. Wrapped in plastic wrap, the cake will keep at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why are there so many BN customers of a troglodytic nature? Here are my simple book review instructions, to follow next time... (These worked well for my 13 year old child, who I found leaving similar reviews. You can do it too! Feel free to print these helpful instructions out if you are having trouble.) First, purchase book. Entire book, not just the sample. It is considered bad form to review something you have not actually read. Next, read book and form opinion. (NOTE: I said form opinion, not form verbal diarrhea.) Last, share thoughts on actual content of book. Ah, now I can make an informed choice when purchasing! Thank you for your help! Very nice pictures. Recipes look good and are relatively simple. Love the page perfect nookbooks. Color palette of photographs is pleasing. Drunken blondies sound great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is WONDERFUL. Nice heavy pages and the pictures are beautiful. Cheryl is the nicest most hard working humble person you will ever meet and you need to buy this book. Read the entire thing and already made the Red Velvet Cake with my 4 year old son today-we added sprinkles at the end ! Terra in Missouri
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great photos of the recipes incorporating vintage kitchen goods. Great tips and explainations! Savannah is such a historic and unique city. This couple started a unique bakery in a well-chosen location. They stayed true to their techniques and upbringing. Definitely special recipes from a special couple.
j_donaldson More than 1 year ago
I work down the street from Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, GA. Cheryl and Griffith Day are wonderful people with an extremely popular local bakery. My personal favorites are the caprese sandwich, rosemary ciabatta bread, chocolate chip cookies, bananna pudding, old fashioned cupcakes, ham and cheese saviory croissants, and a special treat one day, a chocolate chip expresso cupcake (to die for!). It's a wonder I haven't gained 20 pounds. Buy this cookbook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this as soon as the 1.4 update came through on the nook color. The receipes come with great directions to achieve the best results. Most have great comfort food features and pictures to salivate to. I plan on making these receipes on weekends when I have time too savor their flavors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We've made three or four recipes from this book and they were all wonderful.  My friends think that I am a domestic goddess baker.  My family thought I purchased the cupcakes from some fancy bakery.  I follow the instructions to the t and I have always reaped wonderful results. LOVE THIS COOKBOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully photographed and well written cookbook, have tried several recipes and looking forward to several more, the one for chocolate bread will be the next baking project. You could not possibly be disappointed with the purchase of this. I have doubled its weight with all the sticky notes for the recipes I want to try. Desserts and savory dishes both. I can feel the labor and love that went into this cookbook and so thankful that Cheryl and Griffith Day have shared with us. They would be welcomed into my kitchen anytime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't tried recipes yet but love the many photos and recipes. Never came across a recipe before for butter mints and molasses chips. A nice buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have an extensive collection of cookbooks, of the hundreds that I have this is easily in the top 5 of my absolute favorite recipes. Ive made many of the recipes in this cookbook and they are all exceptional. I highly recommend this cookbook. You wont be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book - especially the informative sections on why you use a particular ingredient, or a procedure. Can't wait to try the cupcakes!
Evie2 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful cookbook. I have read through it over and over since I bought it (and it really was only $3.99 for a short time -- I think that day only). I just keep going back to it. I have tried two of her recipes, the carrot cake and the ham and cheese croissants. Yum, is all I can say. I will be making quite a few of the recipes from the cookbook, and I think the pictures are gorgeous and the page perfect format is wonderful. I do wish there was a way I could print out a copy of the recipe I am going to make so I don't get my Nook dirty when I'm cooking. I also wish it would work on the PC format so the print could be larger. What a wonderful book.
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Madsgal More than 1 year ago
Like it a lot.
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I love the traditional-with-a-twist recipes and the beautiful pictures that make me want to make everything all at once! Unlike a lot of other cookbooks that are out, this one actually has unique recipes for what you're craving. It's not an imitation of the things you love, one of these recipes will make that baked good that you love. Yummy stuff!
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TXJay More than 1 year ago
If you want to prepare a dish for family or friends and really want to knock their socks off, this is the cookbook to use. Many, many excellent recipes that are easy to follow and everyone so far has turned out wonderful. Thank you Cheryl & Griffith! I look forward to stopping by someday.
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I like this cookbook! MADE their red velvet cake and its delicious!
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CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
Some of my favorite memories as a child and also with my own children, involve going to bakeries. It’s such a wonderful experience to look in the glass cases and see all the treats. I’ve enjoyed Mexican, Armenian and French bakeries, each with their own regional favorites. I haven’t had the chance to go to the Back in the Day bakery in Savannah, with its old fashioned Southern charm and delicacies, so I was thrilled to find The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. A foreward by Paula Deen explains how special this bakery is and what a treat it is to visit. Since I don’t live close by, it was a real pleasure to leaf through it and enjoy seeing all the gorgeous foods and old timey memorabilia that make the The Back in the Day Bakery such a sought after destination. And then there’s the recipes! The nine chapters cover Breakfast, Breads, Cupcakes and Cakes, Pies, Pudding, Cookies, Candies, Savory and more. Each recipe has a fun description that tells about its connection with the bakery. Reading about Griff’s childhood memories picking berries at his family’s cabin brought me back, too, and made the Blackberry Cobbler extra compelling. Lots of Southern classics like ‘Nana Cream and Sweet Potato Pies are included, as well other yummy treats, like Chewy Granola Bars or Vegetable Pot Pie. Of course, I immediately had to try out a recipe and I decided on the Peach Cobbler Muffins, they sounded so good! The turbinado sugar on the top did remind me of crunchy, sweet cobblers and the almond extract made them smell and taste heavenly. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is an ideal example of how food is so much more than just good eating, it is most definitely memories, too!
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