Along with the everyday baker, I was recently given a copy of Prohibition Bakery by Leslie Feinberg and Brooke Siem to review.
Brooke Siem is a classically trained chef who, with experienced baker and bartender Leslie Feinberg, created New York City’s first alcoholic cupcake company, Prohibition Bakery in 2011.
A book dedicated to boozy cupcakes sound very appealing to me and whenever I’m sent books for review I like to test a few recipes out but sadly I can’t drink alcohol at the moment (no, not because of that!) so I had to make myself content with reading the book and imagining what the recipes would taste like!
Flicking through the pages I found many classic cocktails in cupcake form – Cosmo, sex on the beach, mint julep, strawberry daiquiri, Tequila sunrise and amaretto sour to name just a few. There are also a fair few I’ve never heard of including Kokoloko, flower of Oahu, Johnny Appleseed’s dirty little secret and my personal favourite name for a cocktail/cupcake – Breakfast, Bitch!
If you’re going to bake from this book, you’ll have to invest in a mini cupcake tin. All the cupcakes are presented in mini form, which the writers insist, is vital for recipe success. Of course, there is nothing to stop you from trying the recipes using a regular cupcake tin, but Leslie and Brooke go on to say don’t get grumpy if they don’t work! So we can’t say they didn’t warn us.
It really is a great book full of handy tips on how to achieve perfect results when baking with alcohol and in the final pages there is even a little cocktail recipe section to inspire you.
I can’t see myself using this book as an everyday baking reference, but I would definitely use it if I was throwing a girls night in get together – a selection of these mini cupcakes would be a perfect addition to the party! Sounds like a plan…;)
I was sent a copy of Prohibition Bakery by Leslie Feinberg and Brooke Siem to review. RRP £14.99. All opinions are my own.
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