Best Books For Aspiring Bakers

Best Books For Aspiring Bakers

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We’re proud that our creations at Mother Rucker’s Sweets have inspired many home bakers to preheat their ovens, pull out their mixers and grease a few baking tins.

To bake with ease at home, you need a good guide. Here’s our list of top five baking books that should prove useful to both newbie bakers and those who know their way around a KitchenAid.

Basic Baking: All You Need to Bake Well Simply, by Cornelia Schinharl and Sebastian Dickhaut

Full of beautiful pictures that show you exactly what your goal is, Basic Baking is a useful resource for beginners and expert bakers alike. The recipes all call for simple ingredients that are easy to find, thus eliminating the frustration of chasing down a rare spice or flavoring. The techniques are easy to master, as well. The book covers all the fundamental desserts: cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, muffins and strudels. There’s even a chapter that includes pizza dough.

Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes for Naturally Sweet & Savory Treats, by Laura C. Martin

A collection of contributions from famous chefs, the Green Market Baking Book features recipes that rely on natural sweeteners and wholesome ingredients—no white sugar, corn syrup or questionable chemicals. Included are dairy-free recipes, gluten-free treats, low-fat indulgences and delicious vegan creations.

Once you see how easy it is to use the quality ingredients used  in these recipes, you can adapt your own favorite recipes too.

The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book, by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated magazine

If you want a standard reference for cherry pie, blueberry muffins, oatmeal cookies, biscuits and everything familiar in the last 100 years of baking in America, The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book is your resource. This is the authoritative cookbook of basic recipes that covers cookies, cakes, pies, breads, crusts, pastries and more in 15 chapters.

Of special note are recipes for coffee cake, pound cake, yeast rolls and pizza focaccia. Complete with conversion charts and a shopping guide, The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book should be in every serious baker’s cupboard.

Pie: 300 Tried and True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie, by Ken Haedrich

Nothing says “America” like apple pie, and Pie has a whole chapter devoted to this national icon. This huge baking cookbook covers all the pie staples: cherry, peach, pecan. It also covers ice cream pies, nut pies and custard pies, all built on the foundation of the lightest, flakiest crust, for which the author enjoys some degree of fame. With the holiday season just around the corner, Pie is a must-have.

Great Cookies: Secrets to Sensational Sweets, by Carole Walter

Mother Rucker’s Sweets began in 2003 with a passion for wholesome, gourmet treats. The first of our offerings included a cookie recipe that was the result of 25 years of baking experience. We enjoy baking, and we love passing that enjoyment on to others.

Great Cookies reads like an ode to our passion, presenting 200 cookie recipes in about 150 photos that cover everything from the basic chocolate chip cookie to snickerdoodles and chocolate macaroons.

Great Cookies has a guide for making substitutions too, along with storage and gift-wrapping tips. It’s a cookbook that takes a simple sweet and elevates it to an affair of fine eating—a little glimpse into how we view our work.