Baking has become a lifetime love for cookbook author Linda J. Amendt, and her passion for competitions has led her to win countless awards for her delectable culinary creations. This collection of blue ribbon-winning recipes also features information on all aspects of baking, including ingredients, equipment, techniques, basic how-tos, and even advice for those interested in entering a food competition.
Whether you are a home cook or an experienced baker, the tips and expertise contained herein will take your pastries, cakes and other confections to the next level: first place! Learn the importance of understanding the differences between types of chocolate (semisweet, bittersweet, dark, milk and white). Discover why a dough scraper and an instant-read thermometer are must-have kitchen tools for a budding pastry chef. If you are planning to enter a local contest, the author provides a checklist to help you prepare, as well as explanations of the judging parameters.
The recipe sections include cookies; squares, bars and brownies; layer cakes; specialty cakes; frostings and fillings; coffee cakes; pie crusts; fruit pies; cream and custard pies; quick breads; muffins; biscuits and scones; yeast bread loaves and rolls; and sweet rolls.
Among the mouthwatering recipes chocolate lovers will find such treats as Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Decadent Dark Chocolate Brownies, and Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting. For the adventurous eater, there’s plenty here to encourage you to experiment with your dessert combinations: Apricot Almond Biscotti, Poppy Seed Coffeecake, Lime Cream Cheese Pie, Orange Zucchini Bread, and Macadamia Nut Streusel Muffins, just for a start. If you are looking for classic recipes, Cinnamon Walnut Rugelach, Buttermilk Spice Cake, Fresh Peach Coffee Cake, Dutch Apple Pie, or Pumpkin Pie will remind you how tasty pastries can be!