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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Cookbook Recipe Testing, Vol. 3

Welcome to a different put up in my Newest Recipe Testing sequence, and the third put up 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 area and time to supply my greatest 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 e-mail subscribers, so you’ll want to subscribe in case you haven’t already.

Fourth Cookbook Coming in 2025

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

We even began photographing just a few fall & winter recipes!

pumpkin pie on photography board with sugared cranberries.

A handful of recipes within the guide shall be from my web site, however most (about 75) shall be fully 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 need to give an excessive amount of away, however on the similar time, I’m excited to point out you the way these recipes are coming to life. In spite of everything, 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 almost completed the Pies chapter (I’ve 2 lingering recipes that want extra work), and fully 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 shall be printed in 2025. This undertaking is huge—the most important enterprise I’ve had in my profession. I received’t accept something lower than 100 excellent recipes. You possibly can anticipate the most effective.

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

The Final Fruit Crisp Recipe You’ll Ever Want

Nestled contained in the Pies chapter shall be a fruit crisp base recipe you should utilize for numerous fillings/fruits. Berry, apple, pear, and summer time stone fruits galore! We examined pan sizes, fruit measurement (how giant to cut), and filling-to-topping ratios. Most notably, we examined recent vs. frozen fruit, and recent fruit by far will provide you with the most effective outcomes.

The topping absorbed a lot moisture when utilizing frozen fruit and have become fairly soggy. It is a recipe you’ll use with seasonal recent fruit. (Which is why I’ll provide just a few 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 if you choose up this guide! I LOVE how these buns turned out after just a few checks—flaky, smooth, wealthy, buttery, ethereal, and durable sufficient to make use of for burgers and sandwiches. They’re additionally glorious plain.

brioche-style buns with sesame seeds.

Baked Chocolate Donuts

Quickly you’ll take pleasure in indulgent cake-style home made donuts coated in shiny chocolate icing that units, identical to the sort you discover on the bakery. In preliminary checks, 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 best bins, 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.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.spinach quiche with slice cut out and set on plate.


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

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

overhead photo of popovers.overhead photo of popovers.

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

muffins on wire cooling rack on photography board.muffins on wire cooling rack on photography board.

Extra to return quickly. Within the meantime, I’m sharing some behind-the-scenes snippets on my Instagram Tales, so you’ll want to pop in and test them out.

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

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