Jo Wheatley “Home Baking” Book Review and giveaway

I was very excited to receive a copy of Jo Wheatley’s new book “Home Baking” in the post last week (makes a nice change from bills and junk mail!) I’m a rather big fan of Jo, she is such a lovely lady and a wonderful home cook and baker.  She  posts regularly on both her Facebook and Twitter pages and is always so gracious and friendly.


I love Jo’s first book Passion for Baking and this new one doesn’t disappoint at all.  I find Jo’s recipes and tips very inspiring.  You won’t find recipes demanding obscure, impossible to find in supermarkets ingredients here which I love.  The recipes look stunning but most importantly achievable.  The book is divided into the following chapters:

Biscuits, bars and cookies

Bread and scones


Baking with children

Crumbles, tarts and pithiviers

Quiches, pasties, pies and savoury puddings

Quick and simple

Special occasions

Supper Bakes

Teatime treats

My copy is butter splattered and flour dusted already but I think (I hope!) Jo would be quite happy to hear that.  Here is what I’ve made so far…..

Honeycomb bars – totally addictive.  I could eat far to many of these, it’s just as well I hardly get a look in with my boys around.  A family favourite.


Chilli chocolate cookies – I was so intrigued by these because I have never tried chocolate and chilli together. They really are so good – love the warmth you get from the chilli! Gorgeous. 


 Banana, pecan  & butterscotch cake – delicious! Love the combination of banana and butterscotch. 


Anzac cookies – my boys gobbled these up in no time! Yummy.


Oat, raisin and pecan cookies – love these.  So moreish!


Oaty fruit squares – my favourite recipe from the book so far.  They are very yummy. I used up the dried fruits I had in my cupboard – dates, apricots and strawberries. Probably the nicest oat/flapjack bars I have ever tried. I will bake these all the time!  Perfect for lunchboxes 🙂


Lemon and white chocolate muffins – love the flavours in here.  I had half a punnet of raspberries that needed using up so I threw them in to the batter. Lovely.


So that’s it for now. but there are loads more recipes I want to try, including peanut butter blondie pie, honey madeleines, lemon, white chocolate & macadamia bombs, crispy minty macarons and many more.

My friends and colleagues all loved these recipes and the comments ranged from “Yum!” to “I need that recipe!”  Another winning book Jo, we thank you! 🙂 And I’d also like to say a big thank you to Gina for sending me a copy, much appreciated 🙂

 The book is available is Sainsbury’s at the bargain price of only £8….but…..I HAVE A COPY TO GIVEAWAY!!!!  Sorry, I just got excited there…my first blog giveaway and all! 😉  Unknown to me, my lovely husband had already bought a copy for me so I ended up with I decided to do a little giveaway.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and confirm you would like your name to be entered into the draw and I will select the winner at random.  This applies to UK  residents only, I’m so sorry but posting the book overseas would cost triple what the book is worth…sucks, I know! 😦

Competition closes midnight on Friday 31st May 2013. One winner will be selected at random (UK only)

Good luck!


57 thoughts on “Jo Wheatley “Home Baking” Book Review and giveaway

  1. Keep reading good things about the book – would love to get the chance to try some of the recipes! Banana, pecan and butterscotch cake looks delicious!


  2. Oh those Anzac cookies look good and I can see lots of lunchbox friendly ideas there. Can you enter me into the draw too please?


  3. Please add my name to the comp 🙂 thank you
    Loved the chili chocolate cookies 🙂
    would love a go at baking the honeycomb brownies and the banana pecan + butterscotch cake (just made my usual banana muiffins last week, but decided to add pecan + maple syrup instead of sugar) yummy
    Your facebook page and cooking has inspired me to get baking again 🙂 after a few years abstinance


  4. Wow, you have made lots already, they look amazing! Funky combination of the chilli choc cookies, I would love to try that out to see what it taste like and the oaty fruit squares looks so healthy & yummy!! Please enter me in the draw!!! 🙂 Thank you!


  5. Have her first book and very excited about the second, you make the recipes sound even more tempting and easy. Would love to be entered into a draw to win a copy! thanks


  6. I would love to be entered into this competition! I’m a stay at home mum who has recently got into baking so this book would be perfect for me!


  7. All of your bakes from Jos book look beautiful. I would love the chance to win a copy to try them out for myself.


  8. I LOVE Jo’s first book and have successfully made lots of the recipes, yum! This new book looks just as good, she just seems to know what busy mums need – a bit of inspiration!!


  9. Wow you have really made the book look enticing, don’t have Jo’s “Passion for Baking” perhaps I need to do further investigation…please pop me in the draw. Thanks for a marvellous review x


  10. I’ve been meaning to get this book since it first came out everyone is raveing about it and all the yummy recipes inside make your mouth water i would really love it to go with jo’s first book which i have.Thank you 🙂


  11. Just cooked banana loaf out of Jo’s first book and went down a storm, Would love to try some of baking and savoury recipes in this book so please enter me too Nicola! Clairex


  12. Thanks for all your comments 🙂 You will all be entered into the draw. Good luck! I only wish I had more than one copy to giveaway so there would be more winners!


  13. It all looks absolutely gorgeous! Yes I agree Jo is a really lovely lady completely unspoilt by her success ! Would love to win her second book! Please enter me in the draw .


  14. Love the look of all you have made and having 2 fellas to fill I’m always on the look out for something new! Would love to enter the draw please x


  15. I have her first book and love her style of baking. And looking at the lovely things you have made the second book looks just as great. Really hoping I win …. x


  16. What a lovely review with fabulous photos too. You really made me want to try some recipes. Please do enter me in the drawer so I might have the chance to bake!! Julia :o)


  17. I absolutely loved the first book, I baked lots of things for my friends and family and they all said they were delicious. I know that there are even more recipes from the second book I would love to try. Seeing what you have been baking has got me really wanting the book even more 🙂


  18. Oooh what a fantastic giveaway! Please add my name to the list! I’d love some inspiration for some new baking!


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