For those of you who are fans of American baking (and yummy cakes in general) then this is a cookbook worthy of a place on your ever expanding bookshelf. Background; the two David's run a bakery in London called Outsider Tart and whilst I haven't had the pleasure of visiting it yet, all of my cakey friends who have visited RAVE about it. They make and create a whole host of American food and this cookbook pulls together a few of their recipes for you to recreate at home.
I find their story really inspiring as they are Expats who gave up the day job to turn their bakery dream into a reality. I'd love to have a little American style bakery like theirs and maybe one day I will :)
The book has a substantial foreword comparing the different conversions for US/UK bakers and also a helpful guide to the different ingredients and substitutions UK bakers can make in adapting American recipes. Each recipe lists ingredients in both imperial and metric measures so you can choose which suits you both. I still tend to weigh butter but prefer cups for dry measures so it's nice to have the option.
I could probably rave about the book all night but one recipe caught my eye and within 24hrs I had made my first batch of sugar saucer cookies - I won't repost the recipe as I'm urging you to buy the book (and I didn't take too many pictures!) but I will post photos of my brightly coloured cookies which were made using some fab sprinkles I bought from 'B&M Bargains' of all places. 99p value buy - woohoo!
The recipe makes some pretty giant sized cookies and they taste soooo good. I'm going to attempt the cinnamon loaf tomorrow to bring along to my friend's house for an after dinner treat so watch this space as I'll no doubt share photos next time.
|Cookies before the oven...|
|Cookie fresh from the oven - measuring over 10cm wide!|