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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    It's a beautiful thing indeed to be "Baked."

    I first saw Baked: New Frontiers in Baking while on vacation. As I'd already purchased four (!) new cookbooks that week, I held off on even peeking between the covers, fearing a dreaded relapse into Cookbook Purchasitis. I Googled it after returning home, and found out that it was a Brooklyn bakery founded by two ex-ad agency (say that five times fast!) friends, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, who shared a love for classic desserts with a twist. <BR/><BR/>My willpower lasted for exactly one week until I swooped into my local bookstore, drooled, purchased, raced home, and whipped up a killer batch of the Baked Brownie. I've baked my fair share of brownies over the last two years: caramel-filled, peppermint, lavender, raspberry truffle, you name it. My coworkers serve as my unofficial tasting panel, and I'm not exaggerating: people I hadn't even met came banging on my door saying that this was the best brownie they'd ever had. The balance of chocolate (11 ounces), butter (two sticks), a dash of espresso powder, a mix of granulated and brown sugar, and a hefty dose of eggs (five) give this brownie the ideal texture: the perfect marriage of fudgy and cakey without being runny or dense. <BR/><BR/>The next recipe I tried was the pumpkin chocolate chip loaf (the recipe makes two loaves). A seemingly straightforward blend of canned pumpkin puree, spices (allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg), and chocolate, the complex flavors of spice and pumpkin were complementary without overwhelming. In fact, the pumpkin flavor is so subtle that one person thought it was banana bread (orange bananas?? Go figure). Although the recipe calls for one cup of vegetable oil, you also dilute it with 2/3-cup tap water, so the bread is pleasantly moist without being greasy or oily (I've had that happen all too many times in many quick breads). <BR/><BR/>Next on my list is the Brewer's Blondie, a hopped-up blend of of malt powder, malt balls, semisweet chocolate, and walnuts. Bars are one of Baked's strengths, including a decadent grown-up Rice Krispy bar, the elegant Honeycomb Bar (sweet tart dough topped with dried fruit, honey, and a shot of booze), S'more nut bars, and the Baked bar. There are also more complicated layer cakes (chocolate malt, chocolate/caramel/sea salt, Whiteout, Red Velvet), cookies, and breakfast treats such as scones, granola (yay, finally a low-oil granola full of fruit!), and quick breads. Pies and tarts? Feast on Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie, Tuscaloosa Tollhouse Pie, Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust and Easy Fudge Sauce, and Classic Diner-Style Chocolate Pie. <BR/><BR/>Baked has been featured on Martha Stewart, Oprah (their Baked Brownie had a centerfold spread in O), and on several high-profile shows, but does Baked live up to its claims of being revolutionary? That's a more difficult cookie to crumble. Sure, there are gourmet additions such as matcha, chipotle, and fleur de sel, but most of the Baked repertoire is firmly descended from comfort cooking, such as the Root Beer Cake, a modern update on the Southern staple Coca-Cola (or Dr. Pepper) cake, or the red velvet spiced up with Red Hots. Ditto on the divine Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. It's still amazing, whether or not it's smashing any new culinary boundaries. <BR/><BR/>Even if you never cook a single recipe from Baked, the clever graphics (garden gnomes, plastic deer perched on a mound of fluffy coconut snow), useful sidebars (including variations), and notes make this a great investment.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    FABULOUS!

    I tried 4 recipes the first week I had this cookbook and they were all wonderful. The Baked brownie recipe alone is worth the price of the book! I have already bought 3 more copies of this cookbook for friends. Fantastic!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    I love this cookbook and so do my family and friends!

    This cookbook is wonderful! Saw it on the Today show and had to at least "go take a look". Tried the monster cookies: They are wonderful and are gone in a matter of days with us. Had to order thru internet Malted milk powder and espresso powder. Not too many unique or hard to find items so it is something you can pull off your shelf and try out (assuming you bake more than the average person). My family can't wait for the next item for me to try : the brownie!! A must buy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Looks so good how dose it taest

    Yummy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Yummy

    This book looks delicous and i really enjyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Jen

    Thnx lee:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Awesome. (And tasty!)

    My dad is a HUGE fan of brownies. When I saw that their recipe had received so many accolades I knew I had to try them. Best brownies I have ever had!

    The Tollhouse pie has also helped me win my family's Thanksgiving pie competition for 2 years running!

    Great recipes. Great food. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    YUM YUM YUM

    What an appealing batch of recipes! Presented on nice sturdy stock, it is a good looking book as well.<BR/>There are recipes for everything from breakfast to dessert, with a wide range of tastes, textures and flavors, none too difficult for the average baker.<BR/>Although I have not yet tried any of the recipes, I have read through many of them, and the techniques are sound, and the instructions clear and thorough.<BR/>I would recommend this book as a keeper.

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