Kel’s Review:

I absolutely love baking, it is not only yummy at the end but also a wonderful stress relief! With enthusiasm I picked up Mary Berry’s Baking Bible and what a delight! A broad range of savoury and sweet, complex and simple, recipes is included with lots of hints and tips.

Easy-to-follow and made with easy-to-access ingredients, I had great fun testing a number of them out for myself and for friends! They were all a hit! From my new favourite Apple and Vanilla Sheet Cake to Meringue Nests, through to potato scones and cheese straws, each one came out as it should and was delicious!

This is a reference book to be explored depending on the occasion, with elaborate celebration baking and children’s baking included too, it will take me a while to get the whole way through it but I will definitely be baking more of Mary Berry’s recipes. It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended! It would make a wonderful gift too for a baker family member or friend!

Lis’ Review:

After watching the “Great British Baking Show”, I had always wondered what Mary Berry’s baking style would be like. After reading this book, the knowledge Mary has is vast and awe-inspiring. With the enormous number of recipes for both special occasions and everyday meals, I did not know where to start.

When I first got the book, I was concerned that the recipes would all be in grams and use ingredients that I never worked with. I was thankful when I saw ingredients that I was used to and that I did not have to do a lot of metric conversions. I did pick up on key tips that Mary offered for baking and I hope to use them in the future. 

I concentrated on one bake, Double Orange Cake. I made it for Easter Dinner and it was a hit with my husband and father. I myself did not enjoy it but that was only because of tasting the baking powder in the cake. 

Even though I struggled with my baking, I would recommend this to any baker as I feel they could enjoy learning about new baking techniques and recipes. 

It’s four out of five on the enJOYment scale – it expanded my baking knowledge.

We received complimentary copies of the book from Clarkson Potter Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in these reviews are completely our own. 

From the back cover:

Baking legend Mary Berry, longtime judge of The Great British Baking Show, presents this revised and updated edition of her seminal baking book, featuring 250 recipes, including 20 all-new bakes, updated photography, and Americanized measurements.

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible has been thrilling home bakers with delectable, no-fuss, trustworthy recipes for more than a decade. Now the queen of British baking brings her straightforward advice and expertise to this fully revised edition of classic bakes. Her biggest collection yet also features 20 new recipes plus mouthwatering photography. A sampling of her beloved desserts includes:

• Cakes: Victoria Sandwich; Very Best Chocolate Fudge; Lemon Yogurt
• Cookies and Bars: Melting Moments; Orange and Chocolate Shortbread; Bakewell Slices
• Traybakes: Lemon Drizzle; Coffee and Walnut; Double Chocolate Chip and Marshmallow
• Tarts and Pastries: French Apple Tart; Chocolate Eclairs; Profiteroles 
• Breads: Crunchy Orange Syrup Loaf; Quick Sourdough Loaf; White Cottage Loaf
• Puddings and Pies: Sticky Apricot Pudding; Classic Apple Pie; Crème Brûlée
• Cheesecakes: American Chocolate Ripple; Buttermilk and Honey; and Key Lime Pie

Readers will also be delighted to discover that many of her treasured recipes have been updated and simplified to suit the needs and tastes of today’s home bakers. And, as always with foolproof recipes from Mary Berry, there will be no soggy bottoms!

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