Is there a better smell than fresh baked bread? I think not! Well, probably, but for the purposes of this post, bread is the winner 😉
I’ve never been much of a bread maker. The pre-planning involved seemed too tedious, i.e. you must decide HOURS beforehand to bake some bread, let it rise sometimes twice, then bake, etc. There isn’t always time for that. Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day is the answer!
Check out the cover on this book! As a highly visual cookbook kinda person, I can say without hesitation that the author nailed the pic on the front. The mouthwatering Neapolitan cake with a super-shiny ganache crowning it – now I want to make it myself! Mission will eventually be accomplished 🙂
The title is apropos, BTW – it really is a book filled with simply beautiful homemade cakes. The author is Lindsay Conchar, blogger over at Life, Love & Sugar. I happened across her book in the library before her blog in the interwebs, but after checking out her blog I think I’m going to subscribe. Her recipes photos are stunning and the recipes look like winners, just like the book!
I got this tome from the library and have dog-eared several pages already (shhh, don’t tell the librarians). Clear instructions and pictures (even some how-tos on decorating) are throughout, which is not always the case in every cookbook I’ve perused 😉
On my to-bake list from Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes –
– Tiramisu Cake
– Chocolate Mousse Brownie Cake
– Cannoli Cupcakes
– Cherry Almond Cupcakes <<<< underrated combination, BTW
– Triple Lemon Cupcakes
– Neapolitan Cake
– Samoa Layer Cake
– Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake <<<< is now a request for my daughter’s birthday and has replaced my own cake 🙁
– Pink Velvet Rose Cupcakes
– Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes
Another crappy cell phone picture for your viewing pleasure –
Those are Chocolate-Covered Strawberry-Covered Icebox Cupcakes. Perfect for Valentines Day, right? I have never eaten nor made an icebox cake in my life and I feel incomplete. This is a thing, apparently – layers of stuff not baked and kept cold. I will try it and report back.
I believe at this point I’ve read every.single.baking.book at the library, and am very pleased to have found this one! Many dog-ears in book = WINNING