I haven't had the pleasure of visiting Dahlia Bakery in Seattle, Washington, and by the looks of their recently released cookbook, it sounds like I'm missing out. Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar, Mascarpone, and Jam? Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Crackly Crust? Hello! You're totally speaking my language. Until I can sample these treats from the source, I'll have to content myself with the recipes.
• Who wrote it: Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance
• Who published it: William Morrow, An Imprint of Harper Collins
• Number of recipes: 125
• Recipes for right now: English Muffins, Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar, Mascarpone, and Jam, Cornbread Bacon Muffins, Cherry Almond Scones, Serious Biscuits, Strata with Wild Mushrooms, Sausage, and Chard, Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Crackly Crust, Crimson Rhubarb Crostatas, Maple Syrup Ice Cream,
• Other highlights: The treats and baked goods from Dahlia Bakery are the kind that you'll immediately recognize and crave, but each one has a special something that makes it feel unique and original. Like a touch of barley malt in the buttermilk biscuits, or the pecan crust on the silk chocolate pie. For me, this is what puts the recipes in this book from "looks good" to "ohmygoodness, I need to make right this now."
I also like the mix of both sweet and savory recipes in this collection — that's refreshing from a bakery book! Lots of side-bars explain things like how to peel peaches and how to store leftover buttercream. Complicated techniques are also shown in step-by-step thumbnail images.
• Who would enjoy this book? Fans of the bakery, homebakers who like the classics with a touch of whimsy
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle by Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance
• Visit the author's website: Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance
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