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

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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 ...

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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: 8/17/2010
  • Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 386,830
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Shoyer

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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Table of Contents

An Introduction to Kosher Baking
Bakeware, Tools, and Equipment
Baking Ingredients
Foolproof Tips & Techniques
QUICK & ELEGANT DESSERTS (15 minutes preparation time)
Cookies, Biscotti, & Bar Cookies: Chocolate Chip Mandelbread — Chocolate Chunk Biscotti — Lemon Rosemary Biscotti Sticks — Double Chocolate Chip Cookies — Sablé Galette Cookies — Amaretto Cookies — Chewy Chocolate Velvet Cookies — Pistachio Financiers — Fudgy Brownies — Chocolate Almond Toffee Bars
Quick Cakes, Breads, & Muffins: Orange Tea Cake — Vanilla Pound Cake — Everyone’s Favorite Chocolate Cake — Chocolate Mint Cake — Pecan Coffee Cake — Apple Upside-Down Cake — Honey Cake with Pecan Swirls — Pumpkin Cake — Date Cake — Lime Poppy Seed Pound Cake — Blueberry Cake — Banana Bread — Corn Bread — Vanilla Sheet Cake — Chocolate Cupcakes — Black & Blue Muffins
Pastries, Candies, & Fruit Soups: Summer Fruit Triangles — Chocolate Chip Pastry Sticks — Apricot Pastries — Almond Puff Pastry Sticks — Apple Pastry — Cinnamon Palmiers — Vanilla Bean Crispy Treats — Mocha Brownie Fudge — Fruit Soup with Triple Sorbet Garnish — Strawberry Gazpacho
Tarts, Pies, & Cobbler: Quick Apricot Tart — Cranberry Pumpkin Frangipane Tart — Plum-Cherry Mini Tarte Tatins — Four Quick Fruit Pies — Pumpkin Pie — Far Breton — Orange Mocha Pecan Pie — Chocolate Chip Pie — Pear & Berry Cobbler
TWO-STEP DESSERTS (15–30 minutes preparation time)
Cookies, Biscotti, Bar Cookies, & Candies: Shortbread — Lemon Tea Cookies — Linzer Tarts — Sesame Cookies — Coffee Cardamom Shortbread — Chocolate Sandwich Cookies — Oatmeal Raisin Cookies — Bubba (Jam Button) Cookies — Peanut Butter Cookies — Almond Anise Biscotti — Hamentaschen — Orange Poppy Seed Hamentaschen — Chocolate Candy Hamentaschen — Lemon Bars — Pecan Bars — Raspberry Bars
Cakes, Cupcakes, & Scones: Iced Lemon Pound Cake — Upside-Down Raspberry Cake — Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Honey Cream Cheese Frosting — White Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting — Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Glaze — Six-Layer Chocolate Ganache Cake — Madeleines — Fondant-Covered Mini Cakes — Twinkie Cupcakes — Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing — Lavender & Orange Cupcakes with Purple Frosting — Basic Scones — Scones au Chocolat
Tarts, Pies, & Plated Desserts: Apple Tart Tatin — Poppy Seed Tart — Plum Tart — Cherry Pie — Peach Pie for a Crowd — Summer Fruit Galette — Challah Beer Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce — Layered Baklava with Orange Blossom Syrup — Almond Pastry Squares — Mini Carrot Soufflés with Cinnamon Crème Anglaise
MULTIPLE-STEP DESSERTS & BREADS (more than 30 minutes preparation time)
Cookies, Bars, & Candies: Cracked-Top Chocolate Cookies — Almond Tuilles — Rugelach Three Ways — Cinnamon Horns — Brownie Pops — Cinnamon, Vanilla, & Raspberry Macaroons — Chocolate, Coconut, & Macadamia Nut Candy — Chocolate Truffles — Chocolate Pistachio Candies — Dried Fruit Truffles
Cakes, Pastries, & Dessert Breads: Black & White Layer Cake — Toasted Almond Layer Cake — Dark Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake — Sorbet Cake — Coconut Cake with Lime Filling — Classic Cheesecake — Chocolate Mousse Truffle Cake — Jelly Doughnuts — Cinnamon Buns — Chocolate Babka — Cinnamon Apricot Pull-Apart Babka — Babka Cupcakes with Crumb Topping — Mini Éclairs — Chocolate Rolls
Tarts: Lemon Tart — Key Lime Pie — Pear & Almond Tart — Pistachio & Raspberry Tart — Caramelized Nut Tart — Fruit Tart — Fresh Fruit Tart with a Chocolate Crust — Salted Chocolate Caramel Tartlets — Mini Lemon or Lime Tarts — Apple Strudel
Plated Desserts, Mousses, & Puddings: Molten Chocolate Cakes — Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cakes — Chocolate Crêpes — Chocolate, Pistachio, & Raspberry Filo Packages — Profiteroles — Éclair Puffs with Caramel Sauce — Strawberry Vanilla Verrines — Chocolate Mousse — Strawberry Mousse — Rice Pudding — Vanilla Flan — Crème Brûlée – Tiramisu
Challah: Classic Challah — Sweet Honey & Saffron Challah — Whole Wheat Challah — Harvest Challah
Passover Desserts: Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Biscotti — Thin Farfel Cookies — Chocolate Brownie Cookies — Marble Chocolate Matzoh — Chocolate Chiffon Cake — Mocha Matzoh Napoleon — Orange Cigarette Cookies — Strawberry Shortcake — Lemon Layer Cake — Flourless Chocolate Cake — Chocolate Mousse Meringue Layer Cake
No-Sugar-Added Desserts: Mandelbread – Chocolate Chunk Scones — Brownies — Apricot Bars — Low-Sugar Apple Pear Pie — Peach-Blueberry Galette — Low-Sugar Pear Strudel — Cinnamon Pecan Babka — Profiteroles with Compote — Low-Sugar Chocolate Mousse
Appendix: Sauces & Frostings — Resources — Metric Conversions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    Paula has given us a book that has doable recipes and makes it e

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Always love citrus cake

    You are going. To get share of y
    Umy bundt cakes with
    Original glazes

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