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The Cook's Illustrated Baking Book: Baking Demystified with 450 Foolproof Recipes from America's Most Trusted Food Magazine [NOOK Book]

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When  it  comes  to  baking, people tend to see themselves squarely in one of two camps: as those who bake or those who don’t—as if there is an inherent talent required to turn out a quality loaf of bread or a handsomely frosted layer cake. Test cooks at Cook’s Illustrated magazine have been baking for more than 20 years and we’ll let you in on a secret: Anyone—and we mean anyone—can become a baker. In The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book, we will show you how. An authoritative baking reference and recipe ...
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The Cook's Illustrated Baking Book: Baking Demystified with 450 Foolproof Recipes from America's Most Trusted Food Magazine

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Overview

When  it  comes  to  baking, people tend to see themselves squarely in one of two camps: as those who bake or those who don’t—as if there is an inherent talent required to turn out a quality loaf of bread or a handsomely frosted layer cake. Test cooks at Cook’s Illustrated magazine have been baking for more than 20 years and we’ll let you in on a secret: Anyone—and we mean anyone—can become a baker. In The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book, we will show you how. An authoritative baking reference and recipe collection for those who want to learn how to bake and for those who want to bring their baking skills to a higher level, The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book is divided into 15 chapters that cover everything you’ve ever wanted to master—cookies, cakes, pies, tarts, biscuits, breads, pastry, and more. And in trademark Cook’s Illustrated style, more than 650 hand-drawn illustrations guide you through such baking essentials as rolling and fitting pie dough, frosting a layer cake, shaping pizza dough, and decorating cookies.
Foolproof recipes are at the heart of The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book, and ours are truly unique—you will not find many of our kitchen-tested methods (or the ­outstanding results that go with them) in other books. For an extraordinary deep-dish apple pie that’s crammed with apples and has no gaping hole between the fruit and crust, we precook the apples to get rid of excess liquid, concentrate the sweet flavor, and prevent a soggy bottom crust. And using a mix of sweet and sour apples ensures this blue-ribbon pie boasts balanced flavor. Biscuits come in all shapes and sizes and our book includes several versions. One of our favorites is a no-nonsense drop biscuit that possesses the same tenderness and buttery flavor as a rolled biscuit. The secret? Allowing melted butter to clump in the buttermilk adds astonishing height to our biscuits, since the water in the butter expands before it evaporates in the oven. A final brush of melted butter over the baked biscuits makes them simply irresistible. For a remarkably chewy chocolate cookie, we pair cocoa powder, which boasts deep chocolate flavor, with dark corn syrup to encourage that alluring chewy texture. And for creamy bites of chocolate throughout, we fold in bittersweet chocolate chunks.
The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book also includes recipes for baked goods that you may never have tackled at home—simply because you never had a reliable home-friendly recipe. Now you can broaden your baking skills with recipes for flaky croissants, buttery apple galette, pillowy-rich brioche, and chocolate espresso dacquoise—this layered torte of crisp, nutty meringue, rich buttercream, and silky ganache may be the most awe-inspiring dessert you ever make. Yes, many of these recipes are ambitious, but who better to guide you than Cook’s Illustrated?
In addition to recipes, The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book provides you with a practical overview of core baking ingredients. You’ll pick up valuable information such as where you should store eggs (not on the refrigerator door), how to accurately measure flour (spooning it into a measuring cup is a recipe for disaster), and how to prevent brown sugar from drying out (and how to restore its moisture if it does harden and turn brittle). In addition to ingredients, we also cover essential baking equipment, starting with the materials themselves. What do we think of silicone baking pans? They’re worthless. Find out why we like tempered glass for some baked goods, why it’s essential to invest in heavy baking sheets, and what features to look for whether you’re shopping for a stand mixer or a hand mixer. A shopping guide in the back of the book includes information on our top-rated brands for both equipment and ingredients so you can make smart decisions at the store.
Remember: Anyone can learn how to bake well, so whether you are new to baking or simply want to up your game, The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book will show you the way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936493784
  • Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 313,216
  • File size: 67 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    love at first sight

    Made the German apple pancake on New Years morning. It was great! My husband loved it. All the hints really helped.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Great Book!

    I also like anything that comes from cooks! I love that break every thing down. And they always compare the equipment or ingredients to determine which one is best! I have three books from them now and I use them all the time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    I bought this book as a gift, then decided to buy one for myself

    I bought this book as a gift, then decided to buy one for myself, too. I've baked a few of the cookie recipes, as well as some of the quick
    bread recipes.  They have all turned out great.  I bring the baked goods to work to share.  All my co-workers are convinced I am a brilliant
    baker!    

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Good book

    For me this is a keeper.

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    Posted December 20, 2013

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