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"It is well laid out with easy to read text and lovely photos for each recipe. ... I recommend this book for both beginner and experienced bakers."—Magnolia Days

Baking is a form of alchemy—the art of turning mundane everyday ingredients into something extraordinary. Alison Thompson has studied at the sides of some of the world's greatest pastry chefs for years, learning the art and science of baking. In Bake: The Essential Companion, Alison ...

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Overview

"It is well laid out with easy to read text and lovely photos for each recipe. ... I recommend this book for both beginner and experienced bakers."—Magnolia Days

Baking is a form of alchemy—the art of turning mundane everyday ingredients into something extraordinary. Alison Thompson has studied at the sides of some of the world's greatest pastry chefs for years, learning the art and science of baking. In Bake: The Essential Companion, Alison shares the creations that continue to delight her clientele and her family.

There's a recipe here for every occasion and every part of your meal—dinner, side dishes and, of course, dessert! With more than 200 mouthwatering recipes including her all-time favorite breads, cakes and cookies, Alison also presents dozens of unique pastry recipes that you normally only find in a specialty pastry shop. She even includes a gluten-free selection. With Bake at your side you'll become adept at conjuring some amazing baking magic—it's like taking a baking class in the comfort of your own home!

Recipes include:

  • Potato and Rosemary Pizza
  • Smoked Salmon and Dill Quiche
  • Za'atar-Spiced Flatbreads
  • Savory Cheese Twists
  • Vanilla Custard
  • Raspberry Brioche
  • Burnt Butter and Berry Friands
  • White Chocolate Mud Cake
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is the sort of cookbook to make you fall in love (all over again) with baking. You'll honeymoon over appetizing photos and build a lasting relationship with dear recipes from a baker extraordinaire."—Australian Good Food

"There are many fine cookbooks about baking, but few are as stylish and comprehensive as Alison Thompson's Bake."—Sunday Telegraph

"...whether you're sweet or savory, Thompson has covered the basics of baking so well that even the average cook won't feel daunted."—Julie Hosking, Weekend West

"This book is a handy companion for bakers, the recipes are concise, easy to follow and well arranged, and there's a great introduction with insider tips for successful baking."—Shannon Harley, ABC Delicious

"The photography is superb, the recipes are winners and there's an extensive gluten-free selection."—Australian Gourmet Traveller

"It is well laid out with easy to read text and lovely photos for each recipe. I like how it has the entire contents list at the front of the book and on one page. That is followed by an introduction and detailed information for baking techniques, equipment, and ingredients. I recommend this book for both beginner and experienced bakers."—Magnolia Days

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804843027
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 587,651
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Thompson has been passionate about cooking since she was a child, writing her first cookbook when she was just 11 years old. She now has 15 years experience under her belt as a professional chef and pastry chef. Alison has worked with some of the finest pastry chefs in the world. She is the founder and head pastry chef of Alison Louise Designer Cakes, a wedding and special occasion cake business. In 2010 she published her first book, Macaron. She lives in Australia.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    I love baking! There's just something so satisfying abut making

    I love baking! There's just something so satisfying abut making yummy, from-scratch baked goods for my family--like the Savory Scones (Cheese & Mustard version) I just took from the oven. Personally, I think the oven should be hotter. It says 15-20 min at 340F, but I cooked them over 25 min--the last 5 min bumped up to 350F--and they're still a tad doughy in the middle. The flavor is amazing, though!! I made the Cornish Pasties for my daughters for a picnic and they absolutely LOVED them...and so did I!


    This cookbook is filled with scrumptious recipes and lovely photos. It's broken into sections from Breads to Cakes, Pastries, Cookies, Croissants and even a gluten-free section! There's lots more recipes I can't wait to try. I hope the flavors stay up the high standard these have set! I did drop the rating a bit due to the uncertainty that all the temperatures/times will be accurate.


    I received a copy of this book from Tuttle Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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