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
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 two..so 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)