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Baking Basics and Beyond
Baking Basics and Beyond
Learn These Simple Techniques and Bake Like a Pro

This new edition of this basic, down-to-earth, reader-friendly baking guide is updated with beautiful full color photos throughout.

According to Pat Sinclair, "If a little kneading is good, is a lot of kneading better? Not for biscuits, as I learned the first time I made them. I discovered that biscuits are tender and flaky only if I follow two key baking techniques--cutting in shortening and gentle kneading. I've learned many more secrets like these over decades of baking professionally for companies such as Pillsbury and Land O'Lakes."

Baking Basics and Beyond contains more than 120 clearly written recipes packed with tips and explanations, including:

• Dip a biscuit cutter in flour before cutting into the dough. The biscuits will rise higher.
• Always cut yeast dough with a dough scraper or knife so the gluten isn't damaged altering the texture.
• Once the sugar has been added when beating egg whites, you are less likely to overbeat the meringue.
• When baking a recipe for the first time, always set your timer for slightly less than the recipe states because ovens vary and you don't want to bake too long.

The book is structured around techniques common to all recipes of a group. For example, the Yeast Bread chapter begins with a master recipe for Everyday White Bread and teaches--patiently and thoroughly, but in simple language--how to use yeast, a subject that usually terrifies novice bakers.

Eleven recipes follow: four breads, four dinner rolls and three pizzas, all requiring the same key techniques. Throughout all recipes, explanations and precise tips make readers feel as though there is a friendly teacher in the kitchen, peering over their shoulders, and guiding them toward perfect results, every time.

Included are many traditional and old-fashioned American favorites such as Buttery Crescent Dinner Rolls, Dark Chocolate Cake with Praline Filling and Cranberry Nut Tartlets. Most of the recipes are easy and recognizable, if not extremely familiar. Some of the recipes, such as Turtle Cheesecake Pie, are variations of classics but with a little twist that makes them unique.

Baking Basics and Beyond differs from other books on baking because it concentrates on basic techniques and simple directions. No prior experience is necessary.

Although Sinclair has a master's degree in Foods, much of her baking experience came at home. She began baking in elementary school by learning how to bake from her mother, especially how to make a piecrust.

Like other bakers, she developed her skills through practice. As a food consultant she tested and developed hundreds of baking recipes and worked in the test kitchens of several national food companies. She was also the recipe editor for best-selling cookbooks including Pillsbury Classics Cookbooks and Land O'Lakes Irresistible Desserts.

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Title Baking Basics and Beyond
Subtitle Learn These Simple Techniques and Bake Like a Pro
Edition 2
Author Pat Sinclair
Imprint Surrey
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 16 December 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 312 p.
ISBN-10 1572841265
ISBN-13 9781572841260
Publication Date 11 December 2011
Main content page count 312
Dimensions 7 x 9 in.
Weight 27 oz.
List Price $14.97
Format ePub
Nb of pages CCCXII - 312 p.
ISBN-10 1-57284-694-1
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-694-4
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572846944
Publication Date 16 December 2011
Main content page count 312
Front matter page count (Roman) 312
List Price $9.99
Original Publication 2006

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Glowing review from Grace Becker of Dough Raising Mom


Press Reviews
Feb 27, 2012
These are the types of recipes that you'll find yourself wanting to make on a regular basis for everyday occasions, because it never hurts to have another cookbook on the shelf that will give you a good recipe for apple pie, a chocolate fudge sheet cake or a few new cookie ideas.

Mar 16, 2012
This small book is a treat to read, as well as a feast for the eyes. Beautifully published, it would make a very special gift.
- Anne Holmes

Lick The Bowl Good
Apr 15, 2012
There's a wealth of knowledge in this book. The recipes are thorough and come with Baker's Notes on how to achieve success with each baked good.

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Owning a copy of Baking Basics and Beyond is like having your own personal baking instructor on call 24 hours a day.  Filled with both sweet and savory recipes, this book is an enormously

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