Tagged ‘A Baker’s Field Guide’
Today is Mardi Gras!
What will you be baking to celebrate the day? Whether you’re making a delicious king’s cake, or your very own beignets, you can’t go wrong with homemade treats.
By Dede Wilson
Paperback , $14.95
The American addiction to doughnuts is longstanding and deep-rooted. Today, there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme store on every corner, and hip, upscale doughnut boutiques are springing up across the country. Author Dede Wilson, in A Baker’s Field Guide to Doughnuts, demystifies the doughnut-making process, breaking it down into simple, easy-to-follow steps. She presents 21 master recipes for doughnuts as well as glazes and fillings, and over 60 different recipes that are combinations of these or unique creations, sure to please adults looking for a piece of sweet nostalgia or a child looking forward to a tasty snack. The book also includes recipes for doughnuts’ scrumptious brethren: churros, fritters, and crullers.
Peeps are my guilty pleasure, and I love that grocery stores start stocking up on them the moment the Valentine’s Day candy disappears. This year, though, I’m willing to forgo taking the easy way out and take a stab at making my own marshmallow treats for Easter Sunday. Dede Wilson’s A Baker’s Field Guide to Holiday Candy & Confections contains this recipe for homemade Easter Peepers. These adorable little chicks are perfect for Easter baskets and gifts, and so much classier than a $2.99 pack of stale grocery store-brand marshmallows! Plus, you can choose what color sugar to use and, using an artist’s paintbrush and Dede’s recipe for fluid cocoa paint, can decorate them any way you’d like—a great way for kids to get involved in the project! You’ll never go for store-bought again.
<img title=”Give ‘Em the Eyeball ” src=”http://www.harvardcommonpress.com/images/BFG-Candy_P108-300×149.jpg” alt=”Give ‘Em the Eyeball ” width=”150″ height=”75″ />Halloween is just around the corner (can you believe it’s already October?), so here at the HCP we’re gearing up for candy and other sweet treats. Of course, we’re <em>always </em>ready for candy and sweets, but Halloween makes us <em>even readier</em>. If you are feeling creative this year, get into the Halloween spirit by trying Dede Wilson’s <em>Give ‘Em the Eyeball Candies</em> from <strong>A Baker’s Field Guide to Holiday Candy & Confections</strong>. You can either pass these out to trick-or-treaters on the big night, or just keep them all for yourself! Hey, big kids deserve candy, too.