Baking in America: Traditional and Contemporary Favorites from the Past 200 Years

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 15, 2015 - Cooking - 560 pages
This groundbreaking collection encompasses both sweet and savory favorites: yeast breads and quick breads, layer cakes and loaf cakes, doughnuts and fruit desserts, pies and simple pastries. Taking as his starting point 1796, the year the first American cookbook was published, Greg Patent, an accomplished baker, has mined sources from across the country for exemplary baking recipes by and for home cooks. Perusing old cookbooks, journals, and handwritten diaries from libraries and private archives, he has skillfully recreated treasured recipes or used them as inspiration for his own thoroughly up-to-date creations.

Included are historical finds like the original Parker House Rolls; Lindy’s Cheesecake, from the world-famous New York restaurant; and a sensationally easy butterscotch cake that won a national baking contest in 1954. Here as well are hundreds of contemporary standouts, such as Malted Milk Chocolate Layer Cake, Blueberry–Lemon Curd Streusel Muffins, Peaches and Cream Cobbler, and Raised Potato Doughnuts.

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I've had this book for almost ten years and have never baked anything from it. It's going on the "bake something immediately or get rid of it" pile--the maple-frosted maple cupcakes recipe looks like ... Read full review

Baking in America: traditional and contemporary favorites from the past 200 years

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When Patent, a contributing editor for Cooking Light magazine and author of Food Processor Cooking Quick and Easy, found a recipe in a 1796 cookbook, he set off to trace the history of American baking ... Read full review


Savory Yeast Breads
Quick Breads Biscuits and Muffins
Sweet Yeast Breads and Doughnuts
Pound Cakes
Loaf Cakes and Sheet Cakes
Cupcakes and Cream Puffs
Layer Cakes
Sponge Cakes Angel Food Cakes and Chiffon Cakes
Cheesecakes and Tortes
Fruit Desserts
Pies and Tarts

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Greg Patent has won a devoted audience of regular readers as a contributing editor for Cooking Light, the country's largest-circulation cooking magazine. He is the author of A Is for Apple and Food Processor Cooking Quick and Easy. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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