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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Cookbook Recipe Testing, Vol. 3

Welcome to a different publish in my Newest Recipe Testing sequence, and the third publish particularly about testing cookbook recipes.

See quantity 1 & quantity 2!

4 oat fruit crisps with various fruit fillings.

My manuscript deadline is in 2 months, and after a busy vacation season on my web site with oodles of recent recipes, I’m again to focusing primarily on cookbook recipes and writing my manuscript.

I’m giving myself house and time to provide my finest work, so that you received’t be seeing too many new recipes on my web site over the subsequent couple of months. You will notice some republished older recipes from the archives, although, and naturally the Sally’s Baking Problem continues with new challenges each month! I ship out updates and recipe collections on the common to my electronic mail subscribers, so be sure you subscribe should you haven’t already.

Fourth Cookbook Coming in 2025

That is going to be my largest, most polished guide but: 100 recipes masking many baking classes like breads, pies, truffles, cookies, cupcakes, and extra. I’m additionally photographing the guide myself, and employed a prop stylist and meals stylist so my images is on level. I’ve a strong staff, a dream-come-true writer, and couldn’t be extra thrilled.

We even began photographing a couple of fall & winter recipes!

pumpkin pie on photography board with sugared cranberries.

A handful of recipes within the guide will probably be from my web site, however most (about 75) will probably be utterly new and unique to the guide. So in between the entire new recipes you’ve seen on my web site over the previous yr, I’ve additionally been meticulously testing guide recipes. I’ve a staff of recipe testers, too.

I don’t wish to give an excessive amount of away, however on the identical time, I’m excited to indicate you ways these recipes are coming to life. In any case, I wouldn’t have this chance if I didn’t have readers such as you.

The final I left off, I used to be ending up the Pies chapter. Over the previous a number of months, I practically completed the Pies chapter (I’ve 2 lingering recipes that want extra work), and utterly completed the Yeast Breads & Breakfast/Brunch chapters. I additionally dipped into the Muffins chapter, and have the Brownies/Bars and Cupcakes chapters nonetheless to go. The Cookies and Muffins & Fast Breads chapters are full.

The guide will probably be printed in 2025. This challenge is huge—the largest enterprise I’ve had in my profession. I received’t accept something lower than 100 good recipes. You may anticipate the very best.

Right here’s a sneak peek at among the recipes you’ll see within the guide. This isn’t the images for the guide; these are pictures taken for reference.

The Final Fruit Crisp Recipe You’ll Ever Want

Nestled contained in the Pies chapter will probably be a fruit crisp base recipe you should use for varied fillings/fruits. Berry, apple, pear, and summer time stone fruits galore! We examined pan sizes, fruit measurement (how massive to cut), and filling-to-topping ratios. Most notably, we examined contemporary vs. frozen fruit, and contemporary fruit by far offers you the very best outcomes.

The topping absorbed a lot moisture when utilizing frozen fruit and have become fairly soggy. This can be a recipe you’ll use with seasonal contemporary fruit. (Which is why I’ll supply a couple of filling concepts for all 4 seasons.)

2 fruit crisps with different toppings and notes on top depicting which was made with frozen fruit and which was made with fresh.

Brioche Buns

Have you ever ever made brioche or brioche buns? You’ll subsequent yr while you choose up this guide! I LOVE how these buns turned out after a couple of assessments—flaky, delicate, wealthy, buttery, ethereal, and durable sufficient to make use of for burgers and sandwiches. They’re additionally wonderful plain.

brioche-style buns with sesame seeds.

Baked Chocolate Donuts

Quickly you’ll get pleasure from indulgent cake-style selfmade donuts coated in shiny chocolate icing that units, similar to the sort you discover on the bakery. In preliminary assessments, I used ganache because the icing and it was simply too darkish, too wealthy, and didn’t set into that donut store glaze-like consistency. The chocolate icing you’ll discover within the guide checks all the fitting packing containers, and is very easy to whisk collectively.

My youngsters (and my staff’s youngsters) had been overjoyed when it was chocolate donut testing week. 😉

chocolate donuts with sprinkles.

Crumb Cake

Tender and buttery, this chocolate chip-studded crumb cake is a variation of my traditional espresso cake. The batter yields a bit extra quantity, and there’s loads of chocolate chips in each chunk.

overhead photo of chocolate chip crumb cake.


I can’t creator a Breakfast/Brunch chapter with out together with my go-to quiche recipe. I’ve a brand new favourite filling included, plus 2 to three extra taste variations so you may make it your individual.

spinach quiche with slice cut out and set on plate.


All caps is the one technique to convey my pleasure right here: THESE POPOVERS ARE UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!! When you’ve by no means made popovers earlier than, haven’t any worry, I’ll stroll you thru it within the guide. They’re extraordinarily straightforward, and require minimal components. You need to use a muffin pan should you don’t have a popover pan.

The baking occasions/temperatures took a while to get proper. They’re completely different relying on should you’re utilizing a popover pan vs. a muffin pan. I’ll clarify each methods.

overhead photo of popovers.

And, lastly, a behind-the-scenes seize of the styling we set for a muffin recipe photograph shoot the opposite day. These are donut-inspired muffins with jam swirled inside. We obtained a lot snow, and glowy snow gentle is my favourite for images. So we took benefit!

muffins on wire cooling rack on photography board.

Extra to come back quickly. Within the meantime, I’m sharing some behind-the-scenes snippets on my Instagram Tales, so be sure you pop in and examine them out.

Q: Which of those new recipes are you most excited to attempt?

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