Thursday, July 30, 2015

Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From A Little Neighborhood Bakery by Rosie Daykin

Back when my children were young, sometimes at the bakery counter we'd buy a birthday cake for no real occasion.  We'd have it dedicated to the birthday of no one in particular that we knew.  It was just a fun treat that we'd enjoy later at home.  This random purchase provided a boost in mood and excitement for everyone.  Who doesn't love birthday cake?   Looking back, there are many fond memories associated with the food we've shared with family and friends.  If you are someone who enjoys food traditions and collecting recipes from loved ones, then this is a book you will enjoy.

Perusing the pages of Butter Baked Goods by Ms. Rosie Daykin evokes that kind of nostalgic memory.  As a successful business woman, working at the time as an interior designer in Vancouver, she saw a need in her community and decided to follow her life-long dream of owning a bakery.  She found just the right location and her shop, Butter Baked Goods, opened in 2007.

Her vision for her new venture was a place to create special treats and cakes that she had enjoyed in her childhood.  The recipes she includes in her book are some of the homespun favorites she sells in her shop.  Many of the baked goods featured are ones I have made over the years for family and friends and no doubt you will recognize them as favorites from your past as well. Some of them have a fun, new twist.

Ms. Daykin starts the book with suggestions for a well-stocked pantry and fridge. Things you want to have on hand when the baking urge strikes.  She then moves into the "Tools of the Trade".  I was surprised to see two wooden yard sticks included with some of the tools but after reading on, I think her idea for using them is not only practical but brilliant.  The answer to this culinary cliffhanger is on page 15.  She also has a list of equipment she can't live without and gives hints for working with eggs, creaming butter and sugar, as well as other pastry chef techniques.

Now the recipes.  The chapters are laid out to be able to create: muffins and scones, drop sandwich, as well as rolled cookies and bars, cakes and frostings, pastry, pies and tarts and other confections. Her marshmallows have been such a success she has a separate operation just to make them.  With the success of her first bakery, she has opened a second and also sells her tasty treats to other high end grocery stores and shops.

Since I won't be able to take a trip to Canada to sample her wares anytime soon, I am content to have the opportunity to bake from the book.  I love that she has taken the time to share her recipes. It's always so refreshing to see confident bakers willing to share their recipes so unselfishly like Ms. Rosie had done.  I can attest that the Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies and the Homemade You Know Whats were a huge hit with co-workers.  It was also great to have something turn out as photographed when working from a new cookbook.  I have even made the peanut butter cookies in a gluten-free version, substituting Cup 4 Cup gluten-free flour for the same amount of the all-purpose flour required in the original recipe.  It was a real treat to have something tasty to offer my gluten-intolerant child to be able to enjoy without feeling like the cookie was lacking something.  They were delicious and you would not have been able to tell they were gluten-free unless you were told.

If you are looking to find other books that have that same nostalgic flair for baked goods, you might try either of the cookbooks by Savanah, Georgia pastry chefs, Cheryl and Griffith Day.  They are: Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook and  Back in the Day Bakery, Made With Love.  You won't be disappointed!

Happy Baking!  Phyllis

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