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I am an admitted cookbook addict. I cannot resist the shiny, colorful pictures splashed across the cover or the crisp, bright pages of a brand new cookbook which is why at this point I just might need a library in my home to store all of the ones I own. A good cookbook is more than just recipes, it should also be a book of helpful tips, personal stories, and beautiful pictures. I don’t just cook from my cookbooks, I love to snuggle up and read them as well, just like any other good book that’s out there. A really great cookbook should make you excited and inspire you to get in the kitchen and create. Sally’s Baking Addiction is one of those cookbooks.
This cookbook is chock full of great recipes from cookies to cakes to even candy! I’ve made so many of Sally’s treats and to date, none of them have disappointed. The recipes in this book are also easy to pull together and generally do not require any fancy ingredients which is a bonus for your average home cook. There are a few essential ingredients you should have on hand in your kitchen if you’d like to try baking some of these sweet treats. These include: sugars (brown, granulated, and powdered), unsalted butter, heavy cream, eggs, oats, oil, chocolate, and milk. Also, having the right tools on hand will make baking so much easier. A well appointed kitchen should include: various sized baking sheets, muffin pans, silicone baking mats (or parchment paper), a springform pan, round cake pans, a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, a food processor, sharp knives, spatulas, measuring cups and spoons, a rolling pin, whisks, a Microplane zester, and a pastry brush. If you want to be extra precise with your baking (and cooking!) it doesn’t hurt to have an inexpensive electronic scale on hand as well. The more precise you are with your baking, the better the final product will be.
Now that the basics are covered, let’s get into it! One of my most favorite recipes from this book is the “Apple Pie Streusel Bars“, they are absolute heaven!! I’m generally not a fan of shortbread however, the shortbread crust in this recipe is perfection. It has the most delicious sugary, vanilla flavor and excellent texture as well. This recipe is loaded with delicious cinnamon apples and topped with a wonderful streusel. It tastes like autumn on a plate! This is the perfect treat to enjoy with a steaming mug of tea on a cool, crisp, fall afternoon.
Another excellent recipe in this cookbook is the “Potato Chip Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies“. At first the potato chips had me scratching my head but in the end, they added a really nice salty flavor to the cookies and I LOVE me a good sweet and salty treat! These cookies did not last long in my house, nobody could stop eating them! This recipe is a keeper for sure!
One of my favorite snacks to munch on is caramel corn. There is nothing better than that sticky, salty deliciousness and Sally’s cookbook has a recipe for “Old Fashioned Caramel Corn” that will blow you away. I promise, you’ll NEVER buy store bought caramel corn again! This recipe was super easy to pull together and it didn’t take much time at all to execute. If you don’t have an air popper to make plain popcorn, just toss 1/2 cup of kernels in a scant amount of vegetable oil, pour the kernels into a brown paper bag and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Once the popcorn is ready, you can follow Sally’s recipe as written. You will not be disappointed with the results, we couldn’t keep our hands out the bowl!!!
These are just a few of the incredible recipes I’ve tried and loved but there are countless more in this cookbook that I absolutely love. Other good ones are “Death by Chocolate Brownies“, “Cinnamon Roll Blondies“, “Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Pie“, and “Marshmallow Swirls S’mores Fudge“. Every single recipe yields and excellent result. This cookbook is definitely worth adding to your own collection, I HIGHLY recommend it.
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