The wintry weather always brings out the baker in me. Admittedly, the baker in me doesn’t lurk too far below the the surface and needs very little encouragement to come bouncing forth, wooden spoon in hand and frequently with chocolate in mind. Having a slow combustion stove continuously glowing and quietly waiting in the corner of the kitchen all through the winter does nothing to help restrain these compulsions and neither does the regular skimming of some of the seriously enticing food blogs that hover just a click away from my fingers. Some months ago I introduced you to some of my favourite food blogs but this is a moveable feast and there are plenty more where they came from. This week I thought I might share with you a few of the blogs that I turn to when I feel that chocolate or cake are about to figure in my future.
Rose, the award-winning author of “The Cake Bible“, “The Bread Bible” and “Rose’s Heavenly Cakes” among others, really is the “Cake Queen” and approaches baking with scrupulous attention to the details of weight, measurements and method. Baking is one aspect of cooking requiring a reliable set of scales and measuring cups and where winging it is very likely to result in disaster, but never with Rose’s precise instructions. Her website is a goldmine of baking know-how with recipes guaranteed to thrill the sweet-tooth and has a comprehensive list of links to other equally indulgent and informative sites.
The title of this blog tells you all you really need to know about it’s contents. This serendipitously named author hails from Los Angeles, professes a fondness for chocolate, cake and cookies and has a HUGE backlog of beautifully photographed recipes- who could ask for more?
Dorie Greenspan has written recipes for some of the most noted chefs in the world and is the author of a pile of books on desserts, chocolate and baking. Her newest book, last years “Around my French Table“, is one of my current favourite books and Dorie herself runs a close second to Claudia Roden on my list of most favourite cookbook authors ever – high praise indeed given the awe in which I hold Claudia. Her comprehensive site is full of inspiring recipes, gorgeous photo’s and loads of information about her travels and what she finds. There’s not much that you won’t find here.
Unless you are unfamiliar with food blogs or have been living under a rock you will have heard of Ree Drummond, the US rancher’s wife and mother of four, whose witty and well photographed blog about life on the land, raising kids and cooking for them has become something of a sensation. Her blog is as big as a planet and she has published a recipe book and a novel based on her life which is being made into a movie. Aside from all of that, she can cook. She’s not afraid of butter, so her recipes will rarely fall into the “health” category (that’s why I like them), always turn out just as they should and are always delicious. Actually, I think I hate her.
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