Sometimes a book just screams at you. In my case, it’s usually a cookbook.
Sharon Hearne Smith knows all about cookbooks, she’s been styling and testing them for years for others, and now the stylish Wexford woman has finally put her own name on the outside of a book and her own unique style throughout. And as if that wasn’t enough, the photos are taken by Donal Skehan, Ireland’s kitchen hero, it’s a match made in heaven.
This book is different. As the title infers, it’s a baking book without ovens. No dinners here, this is all about sweet treats. The oven avoiding methods involved include blending, melting, sticking together and lots of gelatine leaves. Recipes aside, and they are all divine, the photos are just gorgeous. You’ll be turning the pages salivating.
I’ve long been a fan of melting recipes, and ones for fridge set cakes and desserts. I think for the inexperienced baker they’re easier to get right, but Sharon brings them to a whole new level, with lots of new ideas. There are also lots of unusual ingredients too- cheats even, a shop bought ginger cake, some Oreos, all pre-baked so you don’t have to, and producing amazing results.
In fact, the book is so appealing that my five year old sat down one Saturday morning and completely unprompted wrote a list of all the things that he wants to make out of the book. It’s pretty long, see.
We crossed off the Doughnut cake pops (very, very moreish) and are ready to move on to the next recipe, I’m hoping for the Green Goddess Pannacotta Pie, but it might be something simpler, like some no bake cookies.
It’s the perfect summer cookbook, no ovens and lots of fruit, lovely cool desserts and treats.
It’s also ideal to get the kids involved, if ever a job was made for child bakers it’s biscuit bashing.
The Strawberry Charlottte looks magnificent, and is highly placed on our list of things to make next. Except the boys have decided that it’s to be made when their soon to be auntie comes to visit, since “her name is sort of like Charlotte”. We’re going to have to invite her soon, as that cake demands to be made, and strawberries are in season.
This household loves this book, and now you have the chance to own it too as I HAVE ONE TO GIVE AWAY!
Quercus publishers, who sent me my review copy are also giving me a copy of Sharon Hearne Smith’s “No Bake Baking” to give away to one lucky blog reader. To enter just click on the rafflecopter link below. The winner will be picked at random on Friday 27th June. Remember to share with anyone who might like to win. Entries are limited to UK and Irish addresses. GOOD LUCK!
** The competition has now ended. Congratulations to Lorraine McGuinness – check your inbox Lorraine!