The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy

The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy

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by Paula Shoyer
     
 

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Producing flavorful and appealing kosher desserts has been a challenge in Jewish households throughout the ages. Without access to butter, cream, milk, cheese, yogurt, or other dairy products, creating a tasty and memorable dessert for family and friends requires more than simple substitutions and compromises. Now pastry chef and teacher Paula Shoyer provides the

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Producing flavorful and appealing kosher desserts has been a challenge in Jewish households throughout the ages. Without access to butter, cream, milk, cheese, yogurt, or other dairy products, creating a tasty and memorable dessert for family and friends requires more than simple substitutions and compromises. Now pastry chef and teacher Paula Shoyer provides the inspiration and innovation to turn the age-old challenges of parve baking into delectable delights in her one-of-a-kind kosher cookbook.

The Kosher Baker is your indispensable kitchen companion to a wide range of dairy-free desserts, from family favorites and time-honored holiday classics to stylish and delicious surprises of Shoyer’s own careful creation. It even includes desserts not usually found on a kosher table, such as creamy key lime pie, luscious flan, and rich tiramisu. You’ll find everything from cookies, biscotti, breads and muffins to pastries, tarts, fancy cakes, and mousses. Shoyer guides you through more than 160 mouth-watering recipes and expands every non-dairy baker’s repertoire with simple, clear instructions and a friendly yet authoritative voice.

The Kosher Baker is organized as a tutorial into three primary sections—Quick and Elegant Desserts, Two Step Desserts, and Multiple Step Desserts—allowing the busy home baker to choose a dessert based on both taste and time constraints. The first section presents the fundamentals of simple kosher baking in the form of everyday treats like Amaretto Cookies, Orange Tea Cake, and Apple Pastry. The next two sections teach increasingly more challenging desserts, from a Challah Beer Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce to Chocolate Babka. A special fourth section includes chapters on baking Challah, Passover desserts, and no-sugar-added desserts.

The Kosher Baker has something for everyone in the Jewish household for any occasion or holiday. It spills over with detailed information, including tips on storage, freezing, and thawing; tools; must-have ingredients; and tips and techniques. Anyone baking for those with special dietary needs such as food allergies or diabetic concerns will also find recipes to love in this comprehensive collection. It even includes recipes for nut- and gluten-free desserts, and vegan desserts.

No Jewish home should be without this essential cookbook!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Pastry expert and baking instructor Shoyer proves that readers don't need to deprive themselves of sweets just to keep kosher in this outstanding collection for all seasons and faiths. Bakers with access to parve (kosher) versions of cream, cream cheese, and other key ingredients (tips and name brands are provided) will find a litany of recipes for Passover, Seder, and other special occasions. Yes, there are Babkas, Rugelach, Hamentaschen, and Challah, but there is also a rich Chocolate Mousse Truffle Cake, easy and impressive Cinnamon Palmiers, classic French Macarons, a Pistachio and Raspberry Tart and the ingenious Scones au Chocolate, virtually all of which are within the reach of most bakers and budgets. Grouped by effort, from quick desserts requiring only one-bowl (Amaretto Cookies, for instance) to more advanced dishes like Coconut Cake with Lime Filling, Shoyer gives bakers plenty of options for all tastes with copious instructions and photos throughout. Simple but crucial tips like keeping a few sticks of margarine in the freezer so it'll behave more like cold butter when it's time to make pie or tart dough ensure dishes turn out the way they were intended, making this a can't-miss collection of classics. Photos.
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From the Publisher
“Amaretto cookies, challah beer bread pudding with caramel sauce, and chocolate babka are among the delectable desserts featured in this beautifully illustrated cookbook. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. Both novice and experienced cooks will enjoy having this book in the kitchen.”—Jewish Book World

“The Kosher Baker offers a wonderful range of recipes that will delight both new and experienced bakers. The book contains over 160 recipes, all of which are pareve (dairy-free), making them good options to serve after any kind of meal. . . . This book is a wonderful addition for the cookbook shelf for all community, public and synagogue libraries.”—American Jewish Libraries

“It’s a terrific cookbook and the cinnamon bun recipe was a winner, and not too difficult to make.”—A Kitchen in Brooklyn

“Delectably delicious desserts (all pareve!) Plus: It’s enhanced with gorgeous photos and a pleasing design.”—Chicago Jewish Star

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584658351
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
08/17/2010
Series:
HBI Series on Jewish Women
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
461,147
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

Levana Kirschenbaum
“Paula Shoyer is a baker after my own heart. She takes you around her deceptively simple and luscious world of desserts, and busts the old myths that desserts take forever to make, or that they can't be good unless they have butter or cream in them. Paula understands perfectly that less is more, from short and sensible list of ingredients to streamlined instructions, pure extracts and flavors, and elegant and spare presentations. In short, her recipes are ideally suited for the home cook!”
Joan Nathan
“A huge array of recipes for every taste, occasion, and dietary need. Bravo to Paula.”
P.J. Hamel
“The Kosher Baker is a fascinating look into the world of Jewish baking. While an incredible resource for those who eat kosher, it’s equally compelling for anyone interested in a tempting array of sweets and breads, from fast-and-easy to elegant party fare. Two thumbs up!”
Susie Fishbein
“A must-have for your kosher culinary library. Paula mixes great flavor combinations with great taste. You'll want to bake your way through the pages.”

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Meet the Author

PAULA SHOYER is the owner of Paula's Parisian Pastries Cooking School in the Washington, D.C., area. She teaches classes in French pastry and Jewish cooking both locally and around the country. She received her pastry diploma from the Ritz Escoffier Ecole de Gastronomie Française in Paris in Paris in 1996 and is the editor of the popular Susie Fishbein cookbooks Kosher by Design Entertains and Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen.

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The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paula has given us a book that has doable recipes and makes it easy to follow directions.  She has three levels of recipes which are time dependent.  If you need to make a cake quickly, you go to the first section and if you have  more time try another of the two section for some fancier or more demanding recipes.   The fact that this is non dairy makes it easier for the Kosher consumer. My only criticism is that there is not a photo for each recipe and I love tons of pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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