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Great recipes, the only downfall is that some of the measurements, cups to grams, don't add up, and I've calibrated my scale. For example: blueberry thyme turnovers calls for 1 pint (6oz) fresh blueberries, but one pint of fresh blueberries is 11oz.. also one of the flour measurements Cups to grams was off by over 80 grams
Just bought this book and I am a beginner baker. Followed the recipe for honey wheat bread and BIG Failure. Cinnamon roll recipe - had to throw away the first batch. Googled some info and changed the recipe the second time around..we will see if they turn out.
The book was okay, nothing super exciting but nothing boring. She did a great job explaining steps to follow and tips on parts that may be difficult for some. I just don’t like there wasn’t any photos or more recipes.
3.0 out of 5 starsmost are "shop ahead of time" recipes requiring non-standard ingredients
Reviewed in the United States on 6 April 2021
I love the size/portions of the recipes in this book. As a single person it's great to finally not have to scale everything down myself, which doesn't always work out right.
The book is organized well, easy to read, easy to follow along, etc. so no complaints that way, either. There's a few pictures on chapter pages and on the cover but not with every dish.
The recipes are not "basics"...there is no chocolate chip cookie or basic brownie recipes. These are more unusual treats. I personally would like a small batch of basic recipes....sometimes I just need a basic cupcake, cookie or brownie.
I have tried two recipes, one of which I tried twice. It is my personal pet peeve when people review cookbooks based on "appearance" of the recipes and not actually working through and tasting them.
I tried the cinnamon bun recipe twice. First time I set the oven timer and when it went off the buns were over baked and crispy on the edges. Assuming that was either my or my oven's fault, I gave the author the benefit of the doubt and tried it again. This time I watched very closely and removed one of the six buns every couple of minutes. Either they were underbaked or overbaked. When I went for correct cinnamon bun coloring, they were crispy. When I went for correct dough consistency, they were colorless. I see another reviewer had issues with this recipe as well.
I also tried the no bake cheesecake mini's and they were very good and quick and easy.
My biggest issue with the book is that I can't just flip through it when I have a craving and find a recipe to make. Almost every recipe calls for some ingredient that I don't keep on hand...buttermilk, Earl Grey tea, jarred caramel sauce, heavy cream, various liqueurs or whiskey, etc. These are recipes that I have to pick out ahead of time so the next time I go to the store I can get the ingredients for them. But for me, sweets are a craving that needs to be satisfied right then and there, not after my next grocery trip. When the book came in, despite having a fully stocked pantry, I couldn't find a single recipe that I wanted to make that I had all the ingredients for, that's very disappointing.
So I think the book's idea has potential but if you're into instant gratification when it comes to sweets, this book might not be for you. If you plan your baking choices for down the road after you can go get the correct ingredients, you'll be fine.
3.0 out of 5 starsWonderful sweet recipes, good tips and tricks, but still had recipes with 6+ servings
Reviewed in the United States on 20 May 2021
Small Batch Baking: 60 Sweet and Savory Recipes to Satisfy Your Craving Paperback – March 16, 2021
I live by myself so baking recipes with large servings can get a little overwhelming. Enter “small batch baking”. I was hoping this book could provide me with some recipes where I could make sweets but not feel tempted to eat the whole amount in just a couple of days (like I normally do). This book provided some tasty recipes, including many that were in smaller sizes, although I think it fell short in a few ways that I wanted.
First: what I liked about it. The recipes. The book has a big variety; cookies, tarts, pies, etc, and the recipes are all easy to follow. The book also included some little tips and tricks at the end of each recipe, a nice touch; many of them included info that could be used in the future (for example, one tip in a recipe encourages you to use regular olive oil for certain baking items instead of extra virgin, which is costlier and will taste the same). Onto the negatives: first, no nutrition facts. I know that desserts aren’t going to be “healthy” or “low cal”, but I still like to track my calories and even brief info would have been nice. The book is also lacking in pictures; only a very few recipes have them. Finally, the book was “small batch” but for many of the recipes they weren’t as small batch as I would have liked. There were a few recipes made for a single person, but many still had 6+ servings…not really my idea of a small recipe.
Overall, though, I did still appreciate the book and I’ll use it for some recipes. I just wouldn’t rate it above average.