I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours browsing through cookbooks. That’s a lie; I could probably spend days perusing cookbooks. And from the first time I picked up One Bowl Baking, I fell in love with the gorgeous photos and simple recipes.
One Bowl Baking author Yvonne Ruperti has been baking and cooking for over 15 years, in professional kitchens, test kitchens, and her own bakery. She spent three seasons on the Emmy-nominated hit PBS cooking show, America’s Test Kitchen. She is also a writer and currently pens the weekly Chocoholic column for the James Beard award winning food site, Serious Eats. She knows her stuff.
Over the years, Yvonne realized that when she baked at home, she often condensed steps in a recipe in order to make the process easier, and to avoid washing unnecessary bowls and equipment. This sounds perfect for busy moms, right? Let me explain why it is.
Many times when I am browsing through cookbooks, I am disappointed over the time wasted. Although the photos are swoon-worthy and the recipes sound delicious, the recipes also list 20 steps in the directions and can require a gazillion ingredients; many that I don’t have on hand and would never use again. This is definitely not the case with One Bowl Baking.
While these recipes look and taste like they took hours to make, I was surprised that most of the recipes can be put together and in the oven in 15 minutes or less. What’s even better is that some of the recipes don’t even require a bowl—they’re mixed directly in the pan!
In One Bowl Baking you will find recipes for breakfast muffins and scones, cupcakes, cookies, layer cakes, cheesecakes, tarts, and more.
This Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting was simply amazing and simple to make.
All the cake ingredients are made in one bowl, and then dumped into a pan. Wash the bowl and make the frosting, and you can make the recipe in just one bowl. Ridiculously easy to make.
This is a cake that I’ll making for the upcoming holiday gatherings, and I’m sure I’ll be asked for the recipe!
Next on my list are the Pumpkin Pie Muffins. I have all of the ingredients in my pantry right now, and I can’t wait to try them.
I also like a few other things about One Bowl Baking…
All of the ingredients are listed and show the conversion for cups, ounces, and grams. Handy for those cooks who aren’t in the US.
I also like the tips that Yvonne includes throughout the book. Like how to fill a pastry bag and make a sugar flower.
And of course, I absolutely love the gorgeous photos. While my photos will never compare to those in the book, I will make sure to share them after I make those muffins this afternoon.
If you love to bake, I HIGHLY recommend picking up One Bowl Baking for its simple recipes. Simple enough that even those who don’t like to bake can follow these recipes!