Friday, February 08, 2013

A Month of Cookbooks - Day Eight

Fast Cakes

by Mary Berry

Published by Warner Books in 1981, reprinted 1985.

This is a classic book by Mary Berry, who has shot to fame again with another generation of cooks due to her recent involvement in The Great British Bake-Off TV series/competition.

 When I was first married, I found this book an absolute boon as it contains a section on which cake tins/pans/utensils are absolutely essential and even more useful, how much cake mixture each size cake tin can hold and how much cooking time is needed at a specific temperature, which is something I have never seen in any other cookbook.

The recipes are reliable and delicious, quick to prepare and all fairly traditional but extremely welcome in our house. The Boiled Fruit Cake is great, as is the All-Bran Loaf. My daughters loved the section devoted to easy "Things Children Can Make Themselves" :

  • Chocolate Chip Bars
  • Coconut Pyramids
  • Flapjacks
  • Jammy Buns
The title is perhaps a little misleading as it does contain a number of lovely biscuit recipes too. The biscuit section has the best recipe for Chocolate  Caramel Shortbread ever !

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