Paul Hollywood (A Baker's Life), who has been a judge on The Great British Bake Off since 2010, brings readers his 10th book, a compendium of his favorite recipes. "These are the recipes I enjoy, that I have refined and perfected over the years," he writes. "This collection brings together all my ultimate versions of the recipes that are special to me."
Bake: My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics presents 88 recipes in six chapters: Cakes; Cookies and Scones; Breads and Flatbreads; Pastry and Pies; Desserts; and Pizzas and Doughnuts. ("If I were to choose my last meal on Earth, it would be very difficult not to include a good pizza and a doughnut.") Recipes include Victoria Sandwich ("If you're new to baking, this should be your very first cake. If you get it right, everything else will be easy"); Lemon Drizzle Cake ("my favorite cake of all time"); and Chocolate Brownies ("the best brownies you'll ever taste"). His bread recipes are for two loaves instead of one, with Hollywood noting: "If you're going to the effort of making bread, then it's often worth making two at a time and keeping one in the freezer." He explains the role of gluten in flour and ways to avoid pie crusts with soggy bottoms--for one, by dusting cornstarch on the pie's crust. He updates traditional bread pudding by adding white chocolate and raspberries and breaks with tradition by making pigs in blankets with rough puff pastry rather than shortcrust pastry.
Beautifully illustrated with color photos, these are easy-to-follow recipes with charming anecdotes from a trusted baker. --Kevin Howell, independent reviewer and marketing consultant