After last week’s Monster Bar’s I thought it was only right to dedicate the second Bookshelf review to Sally McKenney’s first cookbook (and to give it its full title!); Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cupcakes, Cookies, and Desserts for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix.
As I mentioned last week Sally is a baking inspiration to me, and one of the first baking bloggers I subscribed too. I love the way she writes her posts; she’s chatty and informal whilst also sharing her wealth of baking knowledge including all the geeky science bits that I love! Her Baking Basics series has been one of my favourites in learning the alchemy of baking – and how to make the perfect pie crust!
So as soon as Sally’s first cookbook came out, of course I was first in line! Its packed full of American classics and a lot of M&M’s and sprinkles! Just like my review of Patisserie Made Simple, I’ll be taking you through my favourite recipe, three more challenging recipes and three perfect for a beginner!
Kicking off with my favourite recipe from the book is Grandma’s Sticky Pecan Rolls, named so as Sally’s grandma would make them every Thanksgiving morning. I LOVE pecans, and pecans topped onto warm sticky rolls just can’t go wrong! Am I right? The dough is really easy to make, and including proving time the whole recipe takes under 3 hours. They’re also best eaten on the day they’re made, which is just the best excuse to eat the whole pan…!
Now onto the recipes that are slightly more challenging – I say this pretty loosely though, as I haven’t really found Sally’s recipes to be particularly hard! This is a testament to how good her recipes are though – who says tasty treats need to be tricky right??
First up, is Sugared Lemon Bars – these are shortbready, tangy and deliciously moreish! The key to these is getting the filling to set exactly right – I have had one batch turn into a rubbery mess. Don’t ask, it was a very sad day! But when these work, oh boy are they good! Who knew zesty lemon and shortbread would work so well?
Next up, Jumbo Blueberry Streusel Muffins. In my eyes, streusel makes everything better and on top of a muffin? Its just a winning combination. Sally has a top tip for ensuring your muffins are always sky-high and reminiscent of a bakery muffin. It always works, and makes you look like a baking professional! You’ll just have to buy the book to find out for yourself though! 😉
Now what could make cinnamon rolls better? Turn it into a blondie you say? Oh I think so! I’m a huge sucker for a blondie – theres another recipe further down! – and this Cinnamon Roll Blondie recipe just knocks it out the park. They’re not sickly like you might imagine, just a perfect chewy blondie packed full with cinnamon flavour.
So, now we’re onto the slightly easier recipes, with the first up being last week’s recipe post the Fudge Ripple Monster Bars. Now you’ll know from last week how much I love these bars, but if you haven’t already made them then this is my second implore to PLEASE MAKE THEM! They’re super moreish and so easy to make!
Next up is the book covers photo, Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies! I made these on the blog back in November, and mine did not look anywhere near as pretty as Sally’s do! Practise makes perfect? I’m gonna say that anyway…! Check my post out here though, and please do make them for yourself! Everyone always dreams of eating the cake batter out of the bowl right? So why not eat it in cookie form?
Finally, here is my second favourite blondie recipe! The classic White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies are just a dream to make and of course to eat!! Who doesn’t love the classic twist on a brownie? And macadamia nuts just add the perfect crunchy texture.
So there we have it, a glance into Sally McKenney’s first cookbook! I hope it enticed you into some American baking, or into buying her cookbook! She also has a newer cookbook out dedicated to candy which is definitely on my wish list!
I’ll be back with another review in a fortnight!
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