Small-Batch Baking

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Small-Batch Baking is how to have your cake, and eat it all too. It's baking a plate of cookies (not 4 dozen) to greet the kids when they come home from school, or a few muffins (not 12) when that's all you need for Sunday brunch. It's for the perfect tart to end a small, romantic dinner--or the indulgence of a one-bowl dessert just for you (Honey Apple Oatmeal Crisp, anyone?). Most of all, it's to bring home the joy of baking, when home is just the two of you--small batches whip up quickly, clean up quickly, ...
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Overview


Small-Batch Baking is how to have your cake, and eat it all too. It's baking a plate of cookies (not 4 dozen) to greet the kids when they come home from school, or a few muffins (not 12) when that's all you need for Sunday brunch. It's for the perfect tart to end a small, romantic dinner--or the indulgence of a one-bowl dessert just for you (Honey Apple Oatmeal Crisp, anyone?). Most of all, it's to bring home the joy of baking, when home is just the two of you--small batches whip up quickly, clean up quickly, and don't require hours at the oven.

Written by Debby Maugans Nakos, who clearly possesses the Southern baking gene, Small-Batch Baking offers 200 irresistible recipes from across the baking spectrum: triple layer cakes, bundt cakes, angel food cakes; pies and tarts; cobblers, crisps, crumbles, and short cakes; cookies, bars, squares; biscuits, muffins, scones, breakfast breads; and a whole section just on Valentine Specials--Double Hot Chocolate Soufflés, Chèvre Cheesecakes with Honey Anise Ginger Syrup, Vanilla Banana Caramel Flan.

A batch of Cream-Filled Chocolate Cookies--that yields a half-dozen. A Coconut Layer Cake, just for two. Individual servings of Cinnamon French Toast Pudding or Southern Peach Cobbler with Bourbon Cream. It's all the bewitching pleasure of home-baked, but--finally--for just one or two.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Even the most enthusiastic home bakers may admit there are times when they really only need a few muffins for breakfast or a couple of cream puffs for a dinner party-not a dozen or more of each. When standard recipes won't reduce neatly (how do you halve an egg, for example?), frustration ensues. Nakos, a Shape, Southern Living and Cooking Light contributor, takes more than 250 classic cakes, pies, cookies, cobblers, puddings and breads and downsizes their proportions to yield just the right number of goodies for small families, singles, newlyweds, empty-nesters or the leftovers-averse (do such people exist?). Nakos certainly is creative: she uses tin cans to bake two-layer coconut cakes and chocolate cakes, jumbo muffin tins for Peach Pie and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, and small loaf pans for Moist Fudgy Brownies. Meanwhile, a full-size loaf pan turns out Mississippi Mud Cake or Gingerbread Roulade, and one regular baking sheet does the job for Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti. Small-batch baking as formulated by Nakos is liberating: with quick mixing, baking and clean-up times, the whole process of producing, say, eight Pecan Snowball Cookies for tea time, or two Honey Apple Oatmeal Crisps for a sweet breakfast, is less overwhelming. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Food writer Nakos started baking in small batches so she wouldn't have to face the temptation of leftovers. Here she provides recipes for all sorts of diminutive desserts, from White Chocolate Layer Cakes to Petite Pear Tartes Tatins to miniature Sweet Potato Bundt Cakes. Her layer cakes are baked in soup cans, and her upside-down cakes in muffin tins; most recipes make two or three servings. While some of these desserts are quicker than their bigger versions, some take almost as long to prepare, so bakers with more self-control may prefer to stick to recipes that yield larger quantities. On the other hand, busy moms will certainly find the idea of small-batch cookies made from start to finish in minutes very appealing. And many dessert lovers will find these little sweets quite charming-who could resist the idea of her very own Chocolate Birthday Cake? For all baking collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761130352
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/18/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 194,620
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Debby Maugans Nakos writes a monthly column for Birmingham Magazine and is former food editor of Creative Ideas for Living magazine. Her articles have also appeared in Bon Appétit and Food & Wine, and she developed the recipes for Fannie Flagg's popular Whistle Stop Café Cookbook. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and two daughters, who draw straws to see who gets to taste test the small-batch recipes.
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Table of Contents


How to Bake Small Batches
What you need to get started—ingredients equipment, and some Small-Batch know-how.

Beautiful Small Cakes
Mile-high layers, heavenly angel food, dense pound cakes, fancy roulades, génoises, and tortes. Filled and frosted with fresh, rich buttercreams, glazes, icings, and drizzles. Each cake is a mini masterpiece.

Pies and Tarts
Peach Pie with Toffee Streusel, New-Fashioned Cherry Pie, Banana Cream Pie with Chocolate Chip Pastry, Plum tart with Oatmeal Cookie Crust—all are easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy.

Cookies and Bars
All your favorite cookies in small batches—Cream-Filled Chocolate, Oatmeal, Peanut butter, Chocolate Chip, and two kinds of biscotti. Plus Moist Fudgy Brownies and Cherry Macadamia Bars.

Crumbly, Sweet, and Fruity Cobblers, Crisps, Crumbles, and Shortcakes
Just enough for two—Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble, Fig and Hazelnut Crisp, Nectarine Blueberry Buckle, Coconut Shortcakes, a Mixed Berry Cornmeal Cobbler. And many more to tempt the palate.

Baked Puddings: I'd Rather Have Them for Supper
Wonderful bread puddings, warm and soothing, rich with butterscotch or mascarpone, chocolate or pecans. Also, Lemon Pudding Cakes and a Maple Pear Blueberry Hasty Pudding.

Sweet and Savory Muffins and Breads
Sweet breakfast and tea breads, muffins, and scones. Dinner boules and popovers, cheese bread and country-style classics. Plus a focaccia redolent with rosemary.

Valentine Specials
Perfect for the one you love: Cream Puffs with Coffee Ice Cream and Orange Mocha Sauce, Chocolate-Glazed Raspberry Cheesecakes, Apricot Meringue Cookie Tarts, or Pistachio Napoleons with Orange Mousse and Orange Caramel Sauce.

Holiday Goodies You Can't Live Without
Holiday cheer the Small-Batch way includes Brandy Caramel Pumpkin Pies, Southern Pecan Pies, Fruitcake You Will Love, Cranberry Eggnog Pudding, and an Apple Walnut Crostata, to name just a few of the delicious choices.

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Preface


The Small-Batch Solution
I began dreaming about this book when I was in college. You see, stress relief comes to me when I bake, so back then, I often felt the need to whip something up, especially the night before an important exam. But I knew I'd hate myself in the morning—as I always do when I overindulge in a temptingly good thing, and underindulge in what I really should have been doing—studying, for example.

I didn't bake only for myself. After my best friend broke up with her guy, for instance, I whipped up an incredibly rich, flourless chocolate torte to soothe her. However, pondering life's larger questions might have been better served had we nibbled on only one slice instead of devouring the entire thing. The concept of baking small batches of goodies was beginning to take hold.

When I got married and started preparing dinners for two, there were evenings my new husband and I really wanted dessert, say a couple of chocolate chip cookies, but not more. The recipes I had yielded dozens. Brownies sounded great too, but I didn't want to be dipping a knife into a pan of leftovers the next morning. As for fresh bread, we both love it and tried baking it, but an entire loaf was wasted on us. Naturally, when I wanted to bake a special dessert for our first anniversary, I couldn't find anything small enough to suit the occasion and our needs.

Writing a cookbook that enabled me and others to bake small quantities of smashing desserts, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, and individual loaves of crusty bread was sounding better and better. But other projects, including starting a family, took priority. Now that I have a teenager and a toddler (both girls), I realized it was time for me to stop dreaming about baking in small batches and start doing something about it.

My girls were especially helpful because they don't agree on what they like in the treats department. They're each into their own knid of small batch. Our three-year-old loves giant oatmeal cookies (with sprinkles) and blue-colored cupcakes, but she is completely satisfied after one. Small batches work well for her, but had I not been working on this book, we might have been stuck with a pantry full of blue food. Our teenager discovered that chocolate can soothe away boyfriend problems, school glitches, and annoying parents. Before I began working on this book, we were left with the rest of her favorite frosted fudge cake after she decided she was okay. Do I need to tell you who ate the rest of that perfectly delicious homemade chocolate cake?

Whether you're hungry for mile-high mini layer cakes, buttery pies or tarts, fruit crisps, chewy cookies or bars, easy breakfast muffins or breads, a special holiday dessert, or a Valentine's Day treat for your sweetheart, if you only need enough for one or two servings, Small-Batch Baking is for you. The recipes are easy, the batters come together quickly, and cleanup is a breeze. And you won't have leftovers to tempt you to eat more than you want. So enjoy treating yourself—and one other important someone—without overdoing it. You deserve dessert!

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Introduction

The Small-Batch Solution
I began dreaming about this book when I was in college. You see, stress relief comes to me when I bake, so back then, I often felt the need to whip something up, especially the night before an important exam. But I knew I'd hate myself in the morning--as I always do when I overindulge in a temptingly good thing, and underindulge in what I really should have been doing--studying, for example.

I didn't bake only for myself. After my best friend broke up with her guy, for instance, I whipped up an incredibly rich, flourless chocolate torte to soothe her. However, pondering life's larger questions might have been better served had we nibbled on only one slice instead of devouring the entire thing. The concept of baking small batches of goodies was beginning to take hold.

When I got married and started preparing dinners for two, there were evenings my new husband and I really wanted dessert, say a couple of chocolate chip cookies, but not more. The recipes I had yielded dozens. Brownies sounded great too, but I didn't want to be dipping a knife into a pan of leftovers the next morning. As for fresh bread, we both love it and tried baking it, but an entire loaf was wasted on us. Naturally, when I wanted to bake a special dessert for our first anniversary, I couldn't find anything small enough to suit the occasion and our needs.

Writing a cookbook that enabled me and others to bake small quantities of smashing desserts, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, and individual loaves of crusty bread was sounding better and better. But other projects, including starting a family, took priority. Now that I have a teenager and atoddler (both girls), I realized it was time for me to stop dreaming about baking in small batches and start doing something about it.

My girls were especially helpful because they don't agree on what they like in the treats department. They're each into their own knid of small batch. Our three-year-old loves giant oatmeal cookies (with sprinkles) and blue-colored cupcakes, but she is completely satisfied after one. Small batches work well for her, but had I not been working on this book, we might have been stuck with a pantry full of blue food. Our teenager discovered that chocolate can soothe away boyfriend problems, school glitches, and annoying parents. Before I began working on this book, we were left with the rest of her favorite frosted fudge cake after she decided she was okay. Do I need to tell you who ate the rest of that perfectly delicious homemade chocolate cake?

Whether you're hungry for mile-high mini layer cakes, buttery pies or tarts, fruit crisps, chewy cookies or bars, easy breakfast muffins or breads, a special holiday dessert, or a Valentine's Day treat for your sweetheart, if you only need enough for one or two servings, Small-Batch Baking is for you. The recipes are easy, the batters come together quickly, and cleanup is a breeze. And you won't have leftovers to tempt you to eat more than you want. So enjoy treating yourself--and one other important someone--without overdoing it. You deserve dessert!
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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Perfect for the smaller family

    Ok- my mom makes the absolute best banana bread EVER. and she mails it to me and we can't eat it before it goes bad.

    Moldy banana bread is really horrible.

    I bought this when my husband deployed and it was just my son and I at home. It got quite a workout then and even once he came back. I love to make muffins for a quick breakfast but most recipes make 12. This cookbook takes all of the work out of making smaller amounts of baked goods. I can freeze stuff, sure but there's still nothing better than freshly baked 'stuff.' I've also found that her recipes are simple to prepare and are FAST.

    I'm now buying a copy for my mom. I think she'll enjoy not having to freeze half of everything she makes.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Smart, quick, and more relevant than ever.

    Eating for two means shopping for two. In this economic climate, it's more important than ever to be a smart shopper and efficient cook. But -- and for exactly the same reason -- it's also more important than ever to give yourself the little rewards that help you cope. No one's going to give up delicious treats like these. Better to manage the portions and savor each bite. This book is full of delicious bites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2009

    Fun for me

    This book caught my eye at a BN I went to. Seeing as I love to bake, and finally had the nerve to start making things from scratch, I bought it, and just tried a few of the recipes. The cookies I made were kind of flat, but my apple crisp turned out wonderfully, and both were very delicious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    Cookies for two

    The recipes are great and just the right size for the two or three of us still at home.. I have done some cakes and several of the cookie recipes. Modified a recipe or two to meet our individual tastes with great results. I suggest better proof reading for the 2d edition. Found three mistakes in the intro and one major cut and paste problem in the Red Velvet Cake recipe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    Takes me back to the joy of mud pies

    I checked this book out of the library but had so many corners turned over that I had to buy it. What a joy! My husband and I get treated to individual cheesecakes, tarts and even layer cakes. I love the way she gives you ideas to accessorize your desserts with homemade sauces, fillings and various fruits. LOVE IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    fabulous!

    A GREAT book! The woman writes from her heart, that is clear in the introduction. A great book and organized very well. All the 'little pans' that her recipes call for can be found usually at the grocery store. I was able to obtain 2 Wilton 4' spring form pans, a set of 3 Wilton mini cake tins, and a set of 2 mini loaf pans all at Kroger (in GA).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    What I'd been looking for!

    I greatly enjoy this book, and I love the chocolate/espresso cake. the concept of making one or two servings of dessert is perfect. Enough for the occasion, but no leftovers! :) Easy to make, and even easier to eat! Great for singles and couples, for small dinners. Great fun, too. Thanks, Deby!

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