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Readers find the Vanilla Bean blog while hunting for the perfect chocolate cake or cinnamon roll recipe, or another everyday favorite. They stay for founder Sarah Kieffer s simple approach to home baking, the utterly transporting, dreamlike quality of her photography, and her evocative storytelling. Most of all, the Vanilla Bean blog celebrates the soulfulness of baking.
Kieffer mastered the art of home baking while working in tiny kitchens in the back of coffeehouses and bakeries in Minnesota. She began the Vanilla Bean blog to create a culinary heritage for her family, but soon became passionate about making the joys of baking accessible for all. With recipes that help simplify the process behind complicated techniques, Vanilla Bean has built a dedicated following of several hundred thousand loyal readers and won several awards, including the Reader s Choice Award for best baking blog from Saveur.
The Vanilla Bean Baking Bookis Kieffer s debut cookbook, with 100 delicious tried-and-true recipes for the home baker. From everyday favorites such as Lemon Bread and Peanut Butter Cookies to inventive twists on classics such as Burnt Honey Buttercream Cake with Chocolate, Coffee Blondies, and Apple-Blackberry Turnovers, these irresistible treats will delight and inspire."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Kieffer, of the Vanilla Bean blog, presents 100 dessert recipes for new and experienced bakers and cooks. In addition to vanilla, a variety of other flavorsmaple, lemon, ginger,chocolateare featured in pastry, pies, cookies, cakes, ice cream, and other sweets. Basic recipes include blueberry muffins, banana bread, brownies, and Straight-Up Apple Pie. The wow factor comes from the visually stunning cardamom braided knots, an inventive burnt honey buttercream cake with chocolate, an elegant cherry rhubarb crisp with white wine, and chocolate ganache cupcakes with basil buttercream. Vegans can indulge in the chocolate cake and dairy-free chocolate frosting. For making ice cream there is a No-Churn chapter that utilizes the decades-old technique of folding whipped cream into condensed milk and freezing. Vanilla and chocolate claros start the chapter before the author moves onto recipes for olive oil with vanilla bean ice cream; rosemary ice cream with chocolate lava cakes; and a smores ice cream cake. First-person headnotes bring the reader into Kiefers family and baking history, and step-by-step photos illustrate skills such as how to lattice. Stunning full-page photos round out this solid collection. (Nov.)