When the call went out on Twitter for bloggers to possibly receive and review Charmian Christie’s new cookbook from Harper Collins I immediately sent off an email in the hopes I would be lucky enough to be picked.
From the first page I was in love with The Messy Baker.
It starts off with a little girls view of her mother in the kitchen, you can see why she is in love with cooking! Then it moves into gadgets and ingredients which is super handy not only if you are a first time baker but I also learnt a few things and I have been baking for over 20 years! There is a nice measurement table and even an emergency substitution section in case you run out of or are short an ingredient.
Some recipes allow you to use cheaters ingredients if you so choose or go completely from scratch!
From flaky to sloppy, smudgy to drippy and everything in between you will be sure to find many fantastic recipes to try.
The first recipe I tried was the Vanilla – Scented Palmiers. It was a great choice as I had everything on hand that I needed. That jar of vanilla sugar I made 100 years ago as waiting for the perfect recipe. Plus I have always wanted to try Palmiers. I am a huge fan of anything flaky and these do not disappoint.
They are a simple yet fancy cookie perfect alongside an afternoon coffee or tea…..or perhaps a few for breakfast as you’re rushing out the door. But not before you scribble a quick note for the teenager to “Do NOT eat , need to take pictures first. Thanks!”
So good! You will find the recipe for those in the Flaky section of the book. With chocolate or without, these are fabulous and you can’t stop at one.
The other recipe I tried this week comes from the Gritty section which quickly caught my eye. Actually many did but I had to try the Back an White Sesame Snaps first. Again, I happen to have everything needed only because I seen Black Sesame seeds in the store a few weeks back and thought they were cool, I bought some.
Visually these are spectacular! They are easy to make and are as good as the ones we all ate growing up. The black sesame seeds add an earthy flavor which works very nicely with the honey.
There are so many recipes in this book I want to try I wish I had more time this week. I assure you there will be many more posts on recipes from The Messy Baker in the weeks and months ahead. I already plan on making the Sweet Potato Samosas, The Smoky Mushroom Crepes and the Peppery Pear and Smoke Gouda Dutch Baby. But now I must pack as I head off to Vancouver in the morning for the second annual Food Bloggers of Canada Conference!
But before I go I want to announce my very first give away here on Nutmeg Disrupted.
I have a copy of The Messy Baker to send out to one lucky reader! Enter below an also share my Facebook page for an extra entry!
Thanks everyone! Good luck and Happy Baking.