Bluebell’s Cakery – Karla Goodwin

Posted: November 5, 2013 in cookbook, Review

bluebells cakery“Oh, dear,” I thought, “It’s another cake book”. Well, to some extent, it is, but it’s not just another cake book. For one thing, although it looks like it’s going to be only about cakes, there are sections on biscuits, slices, icings and jams, even drinks and savouries for a complete tea party. And we do tea parties quite a lot these days, even if we don’t always call them that.

So, this is a useful collection of recipes for any cook who plays hostess, and I have to say that I like the writer’s attitude, when she states in her introduction that “a cookbook can only be as good as the recipes in it”. And they are good recipes. I’ve tried her recipe for Afghans and they worked out very well (chocolate ganache makes a great topping). But it’s rather more than that.

There are some very useful “how-to” sections in a number of chapters, notably in the ones on cakes and the one on tea parties (which even includes menus). The only real quibble I have is a common one with cookbooks, and that’s although she says to use free range eggs, she does not specify the size or weight. And it does make a difference!

The recipe selection covers a good selection of the basics in baking – although it’s a bit thin, and I would have expected a plain Madeira and a Victoria sponge to be included. Still, there’s plenty here to entertain me, and for me to entertain with. I’m just going to have to find room for it on the shelf!

Published by Random House New Zealand

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jacqui


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