Baker's Tour: Nick Malgieri's Favorite Baking Recipes from Around the World

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Nick Malgieri has journeyed far and wide during his thirty-plus years working as a professional baker. His experiences abroad have always informed the flavors and techniques of his recipes. Now the award winning master baker transports the world's greatest kitchens and bakeries to your home with this inspired gathering of more than one hundred cookies, cakes, breads, sweet and savory pastries, pies, and tarts, from the baking traditions of thirty-nine countries.

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Overview

Nick Malgieri has journeyed far and wide during his thirty-plus years working as a professional baker. His experiences abroad have always informed the flavors and techniques of his recipes. Now the award winning master baker transports the world's greatest kitchens and bakeries to your home with this inspired gathering of more than one hundred cookies, cakes, breads, sweet and savory pastries, pies, and tarts, from the baking traditions of thirty-nine countries.

Look no further for chewy naan from India, rich chocolate Millennium Torte from Vienna, and crisp cannoli from Sicily. With A Baker's Tour at your fingertips, you don't have to tour Monaco for Prince Albert's puff pastry cake, Poland for the lightest, most flavorful babka, or Argentina for perfectly seasoned beef empanadas -- you don't even have to go to country-specific cookbooks.

The recipes here range from casual to sophisticated, and all have been adapted for American use, ensuring consistent, delicious results without sacrificing flavor. Supplemented by illuminating food facts and anecdotes, and illustrated with gorgeous full-color photographs, Nick Malgieri's A Baker's Tour is a satisfying and educational international collection of inviting, delicious recipes for home cooks and food lovers everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Malgieri (Perfect Cakes, etc.) is a savvy guide to a panoply of breads, pastries, cakes and cookies made beyond America's borders. Though the European traditions of France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland prevail, he reaches as far as Syria, Jamaica, China and Egypt for dishes as familiar as Chinese Pork Buns and as exotic as Habibi Gullas Bakari (spicy meat pie in filo crust). Malgieri is a likable teacher who begins every section with technique fundamentals and opens each of the clear, precise recipes with a slice of history or a personal anecdote. However, this remains a book for experienced bakers armed with their own standing mixers (used in many recipes) who are ready to tackle complex Gallette des Rois (Three Kings Puff Pastry Cake), St. Gallen Kostertarte (chocolate pastry raspberry jam tart) or Sephardic Baklava. Malgieri excels in the cake section, where he revels in the complexities of Cassata alla Siciliana (ricotta-filled cake) and Kardinalschnitten (Austrian Cardinal Slices); his bread section is least satisfying, with intricate instructions for Lavash and Naan that are almost certain to frustrate. But overall, he does a good job of proving that for skilled bakers, it is a small world after all. Color photos. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In his latest cookbook, Malgieri (Great Italian Desserts) presents 100 recipes, both savory and sweet, for baked goods from 39 different countries. Many are traditional recipes, and most of them are homey and rustic rather than elaborate pastry shop creations: Pain d' pices (Spice Bread), Babka, Semolina Cake with Lemon Syrup, and Sweet-Crust Apple Pie. Although countries such as Japan, Australia, and Greece are represented, the majority of the recipes come from Europe-not so surprising in light of the baking tradition there. Although there are some older cookbooks, mostly o.p., on international baking (e.g., Nancy Baggett's International Cookies), this is one of the few recent titles on the subject. For all baking collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060582630
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 820,191
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Malgieri is the author of seven books, including A Baker's Tour, Perfect Cakes, Chocolate, and the James Beard Award–winning How to Bake. He is director of the baking program at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. His website, www.nickmalgieri .com, includes a schedule of his guest teacher appearances across the country.

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A Baker's Tour

Nick Malgieri's Favorite Baking Recipes from Around the World
By Nick Malgieri

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Nick Malgieri
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060582634

Denmark

Salt Pretzels

Kringler

Dough

2 cups all-purpose flour (spoon flour into dry-measure cup and level off)

½ teaspoon salt

1½teaspoons sugar

4 tablespoons (½stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

½cup warm milk, about 110 degrees

1 large egg

Egg wash: 1 egg well beaten with a pinch of salt

Kosher salt for sprinkling

2 cookie sheets or jelly-roll pans lined with parchment or foil

These are an amusing addition to an assortment of dinner rolls. 12 small pretzels
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer stir together the flour, salt, and sugar. Rub in the butter with your hands or a pastry blender. Whisk the yeast into the milk, then add liquid to the flour mixture. Add the egg and use a large rubber spatula to mix to a rough dough.
  2. Place the bowl on the mixer with the dough hook and mix on lowest speed for 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix the dough again on medium speed until it is smooth and elastic, about 2 or 3 minutes.
  4. Scrape the dough into an oiled or buttered bowl and turn it over so that the top is greased. Press plastic wrap against the surface of the dough and allow to rise at room temperature until doubled, about 1 hour.
  5. Scrape the risen dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and press it into a rough square. Use a knife or bench scraper to cut the dough into 3 equal pieces. Cut each of the pieces into 4 pieces to make 12 pieces in all.
  6. Cover the pieces of dough with a towel or plastic wrap. Roll a piece of dough into a strand about 12 inches long.
  7. Shape into a pretzel according to the illustration, right, and place on the baking pan. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
  8. Brush the pretzels with the beaten egg and sprinkle them lightly with salt. Allow them to rise until they just begin to puff a little, about 30 minutes.
  9. About 15 minutes before the pretzels are completely risen, set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
  10. Place the pans in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Switch the top pan to the lower rack and the bottom pan to the upper rack, also turning the pans back to front when you switch them. Bake the pretzels until they are a light golden color, about 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  11. Slide the papers from the pans to racks to cool the pretzels on the papers. Serving: These are good with drinks before a meal, especially with a strong cheese or some prosciutto. Or serve them along with other breads as dinner rolls. Storage: Keep the pretzels loosely covered at room temperature the day they are made. Place in plastic bags and freeze for longer storage. Reheat the pretzels and cool them slightly before serving.

The Netherlands

Currant Rolls

Krentenbollen

1 cup currants

½cup dark raisins

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (spoon flour into dry-measure cup and level off)

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 cup warm milk, about 110 degrees

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons (¾stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 large egg

1 large cookie sheet or jelly-roll pan covered with parchment or foil

  1. Though these rolls are full of currants and raisins, they are not particularly sweet. In the Netherlands they are often used to make cheese sandwiches with aged Gouda.

    12 medium rolls

  2. Cover the currants and raisins with water, bring them to a boil over medium heat, and drain. Cool the dried fruit in a single layer on a pan covered with paper towels.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour and whole wheat flour, then transfer approximately half of the combined flours to the bowl of an electric mixer.
  4. Whisk the yeast into the milk, then stir the liquid into the flour in the mixer bowl, using a large rubber spatula. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside until it begins to rise visibly, about 20 minutes.
  5. Stir the sponge to deflate it and add the remaining flour, the sugar, salt, butter, and egg and stir them into the sponge with a large rubber spatula.
  6. Place the bowl on the mixer with the dough hook and mix on lowest speed for 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Mix the dough on medium speed until it is smooth and elastic, about 2 minutes. Lower the speed to lowest and mix in the cooled currants and raisins.
  8. Scrape the dough into a buttered bowl and turn it so that the top is buttered. Press plastic wrap against the dough and let it rise at room temperature until doubled, about 1 hour.
  9. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and press the dough into a rough square. Use a knife or bench scraper to cut the dough into 12 equal pieces.
  10. Round each piece of dough under the cupped palm of your hand to make it into a sphere and to stretch a smooth, even skin around it, as in the illustration on page. Arrange the rolls equidistant from each other on the prepared pan.
  11. Cover the rolls with a towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  12. About 15 minutes before the rolls are completely risen, set a rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees.
  13. Bake the rolls until they are well risen and deep golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. The internal temperature should be about 200 degrees.
  14. Cool the rolls on a rack.

Serving: Use the rolls for breakfast or brunch, or split and butter them and use them for cheese or other sandwiches as they do in the Netherlands.

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