Baking Class by Deanna F. Cook

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This book will be released on September 5, 2017. I received a copy through NetGalley.

If you have kids (or soon will, like us) or you just want a primer on baking, this is a good book for you. I like to bake but my skills are very basic, so I thought this would be a great book to review, as well as get ideas for foods our son might like once he gets a little older.

All of the recipes have a designation on them of one to three rolling pins to serve as a difficulty level. One rolling pin recipes require minimal cooking while three needs a lot more work, like a banana cream pie.

There are a few pages in the beginning focusing on toast, which is good for everyone to spice up their breakfast now and then. It tells how to make flavored butter or cream cheese, as well as giving ideas on different ways to serve bread such as bagel pizzas, eggs in a nest, and even avocado toast or hummus and edamame. I really like how health-focused recipes are included along with fun stuff like homemade pop tarts.

The book is divided into several sections such as pies, cookies, cakes, and so on, with a variety of different recipes at different skill levels. I really like how almost everything is made from scratch, including pie crust, even graham cracker crusts.

If we had a child already, I would definitely buy this book to use with him. The recipes are simple enough for a child but delicious sounding enough for anyone to try. It’s a good overall basic book on baking for new bakers and more experienced ones alike.

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