Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen

Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen

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by Francine Bryson
     
 

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National pie champion, mom, homemaker, and self-proclaimed redneck, Francine Bryson won the hearts of bakers everywhere when she appeared on CBS’s The American Baking Competition and went on to become a finalist on the show. Known for her down-home Southern charm and sass (and for successfully pairing chocolate and peanut butter with bacon), Francine

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National pie champion, mom, homemaker, and self-proclaimed redneck, Francine Bryson won the hearts of bakers everywhere when she appeared on CBS’s The American Baking Competition and went on to become a finalist on the show. Known for her down-home Southern charm and sass (and for successfully pairing chocolate and peanut butter with bacon), Francine now shares her sought-after recipes and tips in her very first baking book.
 
“Here are the recipes and tricks I was taught by my Great-Granny, Granny, Nana, and Mama—the women who schooled me on the ways a Southern woman keeps a kitchen—and that I learned from twenty-plus years of competing on the baking circuit. Now you can bake up award-winning pies such as Upside-Down Apple Pie, fluffy Biscuits Like Nana Made, and irresistible treats like Soda Pop Cake and Classic Southern Lemon Bars—all so good they have made the rounds with the ladies at church, the bridge clubs, supper clubs, and mom groups for generations.”
—from the Introduction

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/18/2014
Baking-competition juggernaut Bryson has won over 200 national and regional baking competitions, so she knows her way around a stand mixer. Rather than keep all those amazing recipes to herself, she generously shares them with home bakers in this imaginative and practical collection. Opening strong with pies (Bryson’s a member of the American Pie Council), readers can opt for butter, lard, or even Bryson’s simple five-ingredient crust as the base for classics like coconut cream pie, the creamy blackberry blow-ya-away pie, or her winter fruit pie, a toothsome combination of apples, pears, cranberries studded with a crumb and pecan topping. Then it’s on to cookies (classic chocolate chip, and her grandmother’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies)before she moves on to cakes and cheesecakes, the latter of which get their own chapter (deservedly so: her prizewinning apple caramel cheesecake is a keeper). Bryson is an eager and enthusiastic teacher, more concerned with instructing readers on how to get things right (they will do well to heed her many tips sprinkled throughout the book) than waving ribbons in their faces. She’s not above including a classic like soda pop cake, peach cobbler, or store-bought cake mix to achieve her results. It adds up to a warm and welcoming collection that’s sure to get plenty of use. Home bakers might as well pick up two copies, as the first one’s likely to get dog-eared and butter-stained in a short amount of time. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“What’s not to love about Francine and her passion for baking? This book is jam-packed with all the down-home goodness that will make you want to pull out the mixing bowls and start baking right away!”
— Cheryl and Griffith Day, authors of The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
 
“Here in the South we are always trying to ‘one-up’ friends and neighbors by showing up at a potluck dinner with the most flavorful dish. Thanks to Francine we can now be the most envied women on the block!”
— Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock, authors of The Casserole Queens Cookbook

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804185783
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
09/09/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
216,406
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

FRANCINE BRYSON has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was the runner-up and crowd favorite on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. Her childhood home in Greenville, South Carolina, was located between those of her Nana and Granny, both keen bakers who started passing their secrets to Francine when she was barely tall enough to reach the countertop. A member of the American Pie Council, she lives with her husband in Pickens, South Carolina.

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Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sandy5 8 months ago
Well, she is two for two in my world. I had to check out Francine Bryson’s other cookbook since Country Cooking From a Redneck Kitchen by hers truly had me drooling and this book is another top notch book if you ask me. Dedicated to desserts, Blue Ribbon Baking From a Redneck Kitchen has everything that I try to avoid but I can see this cookbook finding its way on my shelf. I try to avoid baking desserts as I seem to end up ending the whole thing and then wonder why I feel miserable. I do like to bring food to people and to events so this cookbook could be my go-to book when the time comes. As with her other cookbook, the recipes are not difficult, they are made with everyday items and they are recipes that I, a normal person, would consider making. There are some desserts which are unique and are outside my normal baking norms but that is good, as they would bring something else to the table or someone else’s table for that matter. There is an index which I feel is very important in cookbooks and I like that this cookbook is sectioned off into Pies, Cookies & Bars, Cheesecakes, Sunday Go-To-Meeting, Baked Goods To Show Off, Biscuits & Breads, Candy & Truffles, and Cakes Like Granny Made (contents listing) as this helps in my initial selection. So what looks good? There are some interesting pie crust recipes to start, a Peach Cobbler, Classic Caramel Cake, Pumpkin Pie Bread, Donut Muffins, Iced Oatmeal Cookies, Blueberry-lemon Streusel Bars, Death by Chocolate Cake and what would a Hoecake taste like? They look easy to make, they puff up, and she says you can put jelly and butter on them; I might give them a try. There are lots more recipes inside this cookbook, there are bound to be something in here for everyone. Not every recipe has an illustration but that’s okay with me. Each recipe does have a memo which includes information about how the recipe came about or why this recipe is so dear to Francine. The cookbook is personal and the recipes look tempting. It’s a keeper for me. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every recipe has a story. Not only are the readers getting a glimpse into a piece of history with the old-fashion recipes, you are getting a glimpse into the author's life. It's a story book, not just a cookbook.