Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review Home Baked Comfort by Kim Laidlaw

Home Baked Comfort (Williams-Sonoma): Featuring Mouthwatering Recipes and Tales of the Sweet Life with Favorites from Bakers Across the Country
by Kim Laidlaw

This gorgeous new baking book contains beloved classics and contemporary treats, from passionate baker and food editor Kim Laidlaw and America’s most revered bakeries and bloggers. Stunning, full-color photographs throughout bring it all to life. A mixture of nostalgia and fun, it is directed at both experienced bakers or anyone who might be curious about baking; there’s something here for everyone. Favorites like caramel whoopie pies, sour cherry “toaster” tarts, deep dark chocolate cupcakes stuffed with marshmallow cream and glazed with ganache, and gooey s’mores brownies will take the reader back to childhood. Modern twists on classic comfort foods such as brown butter pound cake with fresh fig compote, flaky rhubarb turnovers, and crÈme brulee with caramelized blood oranges; and old family favorites like maple pumpkin pie, brown-sugar banana bread, and chocolate crinkle cookies will entice and inspire anyone to get in the kitchen and start baking. Featured bakeries: Baked (Brooklyn, NY) Floriole CafÉ & Bakery (Chicago, IL) Flour Bakery + CafÉ (Boston, MA) Huckleberry CafÉ & Bakery (Santa Monica, CA) Pearl Bakery (Portland, OR) Salty Tart Bakery (Minneapolis, MN) Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop (Austin, TX) Tartine Bakery (San Francisco, CA) Featured blogs: Bakerella Cannelle Et Vanille La Tartine Gourmande Smitten Kitchen Table of Contents: Why Bake? Ten Tips for Becoming a Better Baker (and Enjoying It) Top Baking Tools I Cannot Live Without All About Ingredients Amazing Baking Facts You Might Not Know Breakfast Breads Cookies & Bars Cakes & Cupcakes Pies & Tarts Custards & SoufflÉs Basic Recipes Tips & Tricks Index Sample recipes: Bite-size Bacon and Cheese Scones Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Bread Whoopie Pies with Salted Dulce de Leche Cherry Potpies Savory Goat Cheese SoufflÉs

Reviewed by Laurie

Home Baked Comfort is a must have baking book for your cookbook shelf. These easy to follow and mouthwatering recipes hits you right off the bat and makes you want to jump on in to the baking progress. I do have to warn this is not low fat so beware if your one that watches your weight.

I’m a real mom that loves to bake. I have just about every cookbook and baking book I can get my hands on. One thing I’m though is picky about my cookbooks and what stays on my shelf. I want easy to follow recipes because I don’t have the time to try to figure out what someone is trying to say and no matter what I try it won’t work.  I also need something different because I have so many cookbooks and baking book now it gets hard to find that something different recipe. I was totally surprised that this baking book had everything I look for. I enjoyed making the recipes as much as I enjoyed looking and reading them.

I loved the topics about baking they covered, here are a couple of them. "Ten Tips for becoming a better baker and enjoying it". I totally agree with them use fresh ingredients. I myself find most people stress when it comes to baking the thing is it’s not all that hard to do and the reward of your efforts is wonderful.  The basic thing I had to grasp is don’t buy cheap butter, flour or etc. and make sure your ingredients are fresh. A couple of extra dollars goes along why in baking, believe me I found out a longtime ago you can’t cut corners and want the best quality product to come out of your oven.

 "Top Baking Tools I Cannot Live Without". I have to agree with them on the stand mixer. There is no way I would want to go without mine. Heck, my husband thinks I would kick him out of the bed for the mixer and you know what he might be right LOL.

Now last thing there are several bakeries that participated in this cookbook and they get to tell a bit about themselves, here is one. There is one bakery in Portland, Oregon that puts out 1000 loves and 1500 rolls a day and they use 10,000 pounds of bread flour a week, so you know these guys have got something right.  Hopefully one day I can visit a few of these places but for now I will just have to enjoy baking the recipes provided.

Here are a few items to bake in each section
Angel biscuits “wonderful”
Orange-berry muffins
Gooey Cinnamon rolls
Lemon-blueberry Drizzle bread
Kitchen Sink Corn bread
Anything goes pizza
Cookies & Bars
Coconut-lime shortbread
Chocolate chip cookies with almonds and orange zest "these are next on my list to bake"
Cakes & Cupcakes
Apple -whiskey cake
Triple Decker birthday cake “This cake is to die for! I have a very picky daughter that doesn’t like chocolate and she loved this.”
Pies & Tarts
The midnight gazette
Blueberry-almond crisp
Custards & Soufflé’s
Spiced persimmon pudding
Butterscotch custards

Okay, so there you have my opinion. Now, if you excuse me while I go and hunt down my husband for my upcoming birthday present. I’m in need of expanding my cookbook collection, since I only got an ecopy that expires in a few days. 

This is the first cookbook to receive the top bite award 


  1. I love to bake, so this sounds amazing! What one was your favorite to make?
    Thanks for the tip, and a great review. I am going to go buy a copy this weekend!

  2. Lexi- Thanks! My favorite so far is the Triple Decker birthday cake. I sometimes have a hard time with icing, it either is to runny or to hard to spread but this one came out perfect. Below is a link I found that will give you a peek inside the book.


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