If you’re a fan of the blog The Messsy Baker, you’ll love its author’s contribution to the world of cookery books. Just the cover is enough to have convinced me it was a must read though!
Here’s what the blurb says ‘Since when did every cookie on the plate have to be just like the next? Or each layer of cake exactly the same height? Each piecrust an impeccable work of art and encircled by stunningly perfect pastry leaves? To the uninitiated, all that fastidious, spotless baking is intimidating, not to mention exhausting. The Messy Baker celebrates baking as it happens in the real world – sweet, messy, fun, not always gorgeous, but a way to show love. Which doesn’t make it any less delicious; to the contrary, Charmian Christie’s flavour combinations rise far above the ordinary.
Why have a raspberry galette when you can enjoy a raspberry-rhubarb galette with drippy, unctuous walnut frangipane? Or how about a Brie and walnut whiskey tart? It’s all yours without the rigid perfectionism or complicated instructions of other gourmet cookbooks. Christie’s warm, irreverent voice brings the fun back into baking at a time when home cooks-pulled from pillar to post by jobs and errands-need to have fun.
The Messy Baker is a full-service book that not only guides the reader through simple, delicious recipes but is also there to help out when things go wrong. For anyone who gave in frustration when that cake collapsed or the frosting smeared, Christie’s practical advice is here to rescue even the worst disaster and inspire the baker to try the next recipe.’
What an expectation to live up to, but this book more than manages to do so. It contains some fantastic hints and tips, as well as a section on how to make pastry. Amazing photos which have you almost tasting what you’re looking at and delicious recipes, it’s a real winner for me. Choose from recipes like basil and aged cheddar scones, rosemary and caramelised onion foccacia, deep dark cherry and chipotle brownies, chilli cheese twists, double-stuff uber oreo cookies, chicken, corn and cilantro empanadas, boozy chocolate torte, chicken and honey pizza, plus a gorgeous array of sauces. It really is a recipe book you could use every day, for a picnic or al fresco meal and even when entertaining and one that I’ll be using again and again.
Note: I received the above mentioned book for review purposes