3 Easy Bakes For Smaller Gatherings
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‘Good things come in small packages’ should be the motto of this book. Baking is so often thought of as something we do for large gatherings – for birthday parties, holidays and special occasions. But this book is for the times and the people demanding smaller servings. That could be because you have leftover ingredients – but not enough to use in larger recipes – because you live alone or because you just like baking with the kids.
In this book, there are recipes that make just one cookie. There are also desserts for date night that only serve two, recipes that make just four servings for the family, and a few recipes that serve small gatherings of six. Alongside the sweet stuff there is also a sprinkling of savoury – think pizza dough, brioche burger buns and quiche.
The main goals are to prevent waste and use leftovers. The book includes lists of recipes that make use of things like egg whites and yolks – which can often sit in the fridge until you bin them days later. It’s also worth knowing most of the recipes can be frozen – so even if you’re baking just for yourself, everything works for small households.
Feeling inspired? Here are three recipes from Edd Kimber’s new book…
Individual Tartes Tatin
These individual tarts would make a wonderful end to a date night dinner, especially once you realise they’re not too difficult to make. To keep things simple, use shop-bought puff pastry.
Pizza Night For Two
Neapolitan pizzas require a slowly risen dough and a very high oven temperature. The latter isn’t a problem if you have an outdoor pizza oven, but there’s no way the average domestic oven can rich the dizzy heights of 500°C. The way around this is to cook the pizza in a heavy-based frying pan, which gives great results. Note that if you use a domestic oven, it’s best to avoid using fresh mozzarella or you’ll end up with a very wet pizza. Look for blocks of low-moisture mozzarella.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Hands down, these will be the best peanut butter cookies you ever make – dense and chewy, but also ridiculously easy. They are loosely adapted from the recipe made famous by the Ovenly Bakery in New York. As a further treat, dip them into chocolate.
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