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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cookbook Review: The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread


Pecan Sticky Buns, the Original Version Revised

On the advice of a friend who also happens to be a trained pastry chef (hi, Katherine!), I picked up the original Amy's Bread cookbook last year. Having overcome my yeastaphobia seven or so years ago, I'm drawn to just about any yeast-based recipe I can find.

When I was given the opportunity to review this new book from Amy's, I was understandably excited. Or rather, you'd understand if you knew what my life is like.

As always, I grabbed a pad of sticky tabs. When I say there are fourteen or so recipes tabbed, I feel I need to add that this is a book filled with words. Solid introductions to each recipe, large amounts of space devoted to ingredient lists sorted by grams, ounces and volume, clear & detailed instructions and of course, full-page, full-color photos. So, each recipe can take up four or five or more pages.

I also only picked out the most-try-now recipes on my go-round, pastries or cakes I wanted to test out; doubtless another peruse will find me adding a few more tabs.

At Matt's request, I started with these practically-pornographic sticky buns, a favorite of his family.

These rolls were easy to make, and glorious to behold in their finished state. The smell overtook the house, and I gave in and ate one. Or two. I think. Delicious. Rich but not cloyingly sweet. I don't think they lasted more than 2 1/2 days; as Matt says, they're best eaten fresh!

Amy's Mom's Whole Lemon Pie

Under seasonal desserts I found this recipe for a lemon pie. Making it somewhat unique, the entire lemon is mixed up in a blender along with sugar, eggs, butter & vanilla for the filling. Such a lovely aroma.

The crust...probably my only true foodie road bump these days...was a gift: it's made in the food processor! It was one of the nicest crusts I've made yet.

It's not a great photo, it just refused to shine for me. But I gave this to my in-laws, and they loved it. This pie came together so quickly, with such amazing results, I honestly see it becoming a staple. I'm thinking of trying it with Key limes.

This is a lovely book. I like the lay-out, the content, the photos. There's information, recipes, exactly what you need to make some beautiful, sweet, baked goods.

Time to unpack your grass skirt, and gather your coconuts, because for our 42nd get-tether, it's Tiki, Two here at Blog Party!

Hope to see you there.

10 Thoughts for food:

At 3:54 AM, Blogger miss.cupcake.face said...

Josh bought this for me & I absolutely love it. Especially the pie crust recipe!

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Natashya said...

I have heard good things about these books - and the sticky buns do look tasty!

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Katherine said...

You won't be surprised to know I already bought the second Amy's book for myself for Christmas after seeing it on the NYT cookbook list! Haven't made anything from it yet, but Tom was immediately attracted to the pics of the goodies within... Hope the recipes are as good as the Amy's Bread book! We actually stopped by Amy's Bread when we were in NYC, but alas it was closed! Maybe I'll make something from this book in time for Valentine's Day.

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Erika said...

I have this book and have yet to make something, simply because I can't decide what to make! Those sticky buns look fantastic though... they may very well win.

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Miss Cupcake Face; I think it's fantastic. The pie crust? Yes! So good.

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Natashya; I really like it. There's a lot of fruit-based recipes, which I don't make, but there's so many tempting treats!

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

No Katherine, I'm not even a little surprised! I think you'll like it.

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Erika; they're a good choice, Also, not too difficult, so Definitely give them a try!

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Jeanne said...

Holy guacamole, look at those sticky buns...

At 3:18 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Jeanne...yes, my buns are pretty frakkin' awesome.

Oh...ha! Yes, they went over well, those bits of bread & sweetness & nuts. Ehem.


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