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-to’s, 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.
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.
Mouthwatering recipes such as Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Decadent Dark Chocolate Brownies, and Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting are sure to satisfy the cravings of any chocolate lover. For the adventurous eater, Apricot Almond Biscotti, Poppy Seed Coffeecake, Lime Cream Cheese Pie, Orange Zucchini Bread, and Macadamia Nut Streusel Muffins are guaranteed to encourage you to experiment with your dessert combinations. 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!