Baking Basics and Beyond: Learn These Simple Techniques and Bake Like a Pro

Baking Basics and Beyond: Learn These Simple Techniques and Bake Like a Pro

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by Pat Sinclair
     
 

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With the demise of home economics in the school system, many adults have no baking experience at all, relying on dreary store-bought baked goods and artificial mixes to satisfy their cravings. Baking Basics and Beyond allows even absolute novices to prepare a wide array of delicious, healthy breads, cakes, cookies, pies, and more. In a warm, reassuring manner,

Overview

With the demise of home economics in the school system, many adults have no baking experience at all, relying on dreary store-bought baked goods and artificial mixes to satisfy their cravings. Baking Basics and Beyond allows even absolute novices to prepare a wide array of delicious, healthy breads, cakes, cookies, pies, and more. In a warm, reassuring manner, Pat Sinclair leads beginning bakers step-by-step through each recipe, thoroughly explaining each technique and direction. After learning a basic technique, additional recipes provide further practice and more elaborate results. This second edition contains more than 100 recipes, from old favorites like icebox cookies, cornbread, and brownies to updated classics, including Butterscotch Cashew Blondies, Chai Latte Custards, and Savory Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding. Throughout, explanations and precise tips, based on Sinclair's years of baking experience, make readers feel as though there is a friendly teacher in the kitchen, peering over their shoulders, and guiding them toward perfect results, every time.

This new edition of this basic, down-to-earth, reader-friendly baking guide is updated with beautiful full color photos throughout.

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Praise for Baking Basics and Beyond 2nd Edition:

"Dozens of good baking cookbooks are on the market, but Baking Basics and Beyond, by Pat Sinclair, is notable both for its scope and its simplicity… this an ideal book for beginners.” —The Record

"I’d recommend this cookbook for any kitchen, but especially for those that don’t have a lot of baking experience.” —From Val's Kitchen

"Sinclair knows what she’s talking about. In her easy-going, uncomplicated manner, she leads beginning bakers through step-by-step instructions for everything from scones, biscuits, and cookies to pies, custards, and cheesecakes.” —OneForTheTable.com

"This small book is a treat to read, as well as a feast for the eyes. Beautifully published, it would make a very special gift." —National Association of Baby Boomer Women

"The book is a wonderful guide for those who think baking is too difficult to attempt. Sinclair writes as if she were standing in your kitchen, telling you exactly what to do so your cakes, pies, brownies, pizzas, coffee cakes, scones and muffins turn out right." –TableConversation.com

"Looks like I might find a passion in the world of baking after all.” —Johnna Knows Good Food

"Baking Basics and Beyond is one of the best books on baking basics we’ve seen."
Dolce Dolce

"Besides delicious recipes, Pat shares some of the baking secrets she's picked up over 20+ years as a food consultant and cooking teacher. Intended to help you get it right the first time, they include a wealth of ah-ha tips." —The Boomer Brief

"This cookbook is a gem! Pat Sinclair breaks baking down into simple, manageable steps. If you are a new or struggling baker, you will appreciate this cookbook!"
PremeditatedLeftovers.com

"Owning a copy of Baking Basics and Beyond is like having your own personal baking instructor on call 24 hours a day. ” —Random Cravings

"All aspiring bakers really need is someone to offer a little gentle guidance in the kitchen. Pat Sinclair does just that in the newly revised second edition of 'Baking Basics and Beyond'" —The Skillet Chronicles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572846944
Publisher:
Agate
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Pat Sinclair is a food consultant with over 18 years experience working for high-profile corporate clients who target American home bakers such as Land O’Lakes, General Mills and Pillsbury. She is the recipe editor for two Pillsbury Classics Cookbooks and also Irresistible Desserts for Land O’Lakes. These best-selling cookbooks are sold through subscription and at newsstands across the country.

As a recipe developer, her corporate clients have included Ocean Spray, Diamond Walnuts, Smucker’s and Uncle Ben’s. She developed more than 275 recipes in the series “Easy to Bake, Easy to Make” for International Masters Publishers, a national publisher of recipe cards distributed through the mail.

She is the recipe editor for Carnival Creations (1996) and The Carnival Experience (2001), cookbooks published by Carnival Cruise Lines and featuring featuring specialties from chefs on the cruise liners. She worked closely with the chefs to adapt recipes for home kitchens.

For nine years she was a home economist on the Land O’Lakes Holiday Baking Hotline, where she responded to questions from consumers on a broad spectrum of baking issues. From this experience she gained a deeper appreciation for the challenges home bakers face.

Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Research from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Foods from the University of Maryland. She is also a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). She lives in Edina, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.

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Baking Basics and Beyond: Learn These Simple Techniques and Bake Like a Pro 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Adalene More than 1 year ago
I Love to bake, this book is amazing. There's a walk through of all the things you thought you knew but could do just a Little bit better, tips and tricks and recipes for quite a bit. I've made a lot from this book and everything has tasted great without fail. I use this book as a go to when I forget things too, it tells what ingredients specific purposes are; like what baking powder/soda do.
Hagatha More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of basic baking information and a good list of baking essentials (measuring cups, spoons, pans, etc.) Also information about staples to keep on hand if you intend to do a lot of baking. Many baking recipe staples (like baking powder biscuits) as well as old favorites I had forgotten about. Each recipe contains helpful hints and the last chapter "beyond the basics" provides recipes for kicking it up a notch or two. Measurements are in cups and grams/liters. It is also the first e-book I've gotten that is actually formatted correctly and the Index allows you to find a recipe alphabetically and then touch it to go right to the recipe. Other e-books I have gotten didn't work correctly, but this one is great. A welcome addition to any bakers library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a beginner you would probley read the 1st page to the 14th page.But if not start on 15. I just got this and i love it . I also love baking and you have to like baking to read it.
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otterly More than 1 year ago
As a person who regards herself as a better baker than an all round cook, I have made quite a few of the types of baked goods mentioned in this book. As I glanced through the recipes, I found some that I am certainly going to try out on my husband. I have never made blueberry scones, for example--and here is a recipe for them. Last year we picked a lot of blueberries, and I need a way to use them up. This will help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol its such a good book U should read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The type is so light, I couldn't read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can youbbuy it with a gift card
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love doing hair,cooking, and backing. Its amaging what people can do at a yong age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Learn how to bake fooles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to bake and l would to like to know if there is anything easy ,but good and yummy!! ;')
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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