I don’t think I would ever really call myself a baker.
Baking requires attention to detail, and if you know me, you know that detail oriented I am not. Big picture people.
But I do love my cookies, and cakes, and biscuits, and scones, all which require some level of baking. So when we were gifted a copy of Jill Snider’s cookbook 175 Best Small-Batch Baking Recipes, I figured it was high time to put my baking skills to work and test out this cookbook for you all. That’s dedication right there.
In her cookbook, Jill starts off with sections about the equipment, baking ingredients, and tips and techniques for baking success. All very useful information for any baking skill level. The cookbook is then broken down into the following sections:
- Bars and Squares
- Quick Breads
- Mini Pies and Tarts
- Spoonable Desserts
- Gluten Free Desserts
So basically, she’s got every dessert and baked good imaginable covered in this cookbook.
You know when you’re craving a cookie, but really don’t want to make 3 dozen? The great thing about this book is all the recipes are scaled down – hence the title “small-batch.” Most cookie and bar recipes make about 8-12 and the muffins, tarts, quick breads serve about 4-8. The recipes are easy to follow, use readily available ingredients, and are pretty darn delicious sounding: Chocolate caramel shortbread, rocky road chocolate bars, and mini peach pies, just to name a few. Is your mouth watering yet?
What Did I Try?
Well of the recipes I’ve tried, the real winner I wanted to share with you today is a savoury one. I know, I was kind of shocked too!
These cheese biscuits were so delicious – kinda wish it was a large-batch baking book! We ate them plain, toasted with butter, and topped with a fried egg. Anyway you slice ’em, they are a winner for sure.
I substituted half the white flour with whole wheat – mostly because I ran out of white flour while testing, but I also like the hearty flavour the whole wheat flour adds. And bonus points for a little extra fibre boost. So, if you’ve never made biscuits before, this is the perfect recipe to get you started. So check it out!
Robert Rose Inc has kindly offered to giveaway a cookbook to one lucky How To Eat reader. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favourite thing to bake. Sweet or savoury? Can’t wait to see! (Canadian residence only)
Good luck and happy small-batch baking!
I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Robert Rose Inc. All opinions are my own.3