The recession has seen a marked interest in returning to the simpler, traditional pleasures of baking. Recent research has shown that 85% of Britons have baked cakes at home and 29% say they are baking more than ever before. Recent price rises for raw ingredients including flour, sugar, milk and eggs have also contributed to the consumer's perception that shop-bought cakes and breads have be
Nothing lifts the heart like the smell of a cake baking, the first slice of a warm homemade tart, a hot muffin with your coffee in the morning or a steamed pudding on a cold night. There are a few simple secrets to making home baking wonderful. Whether you're cooking cakes, meringues, pastries, biscuits or puddings, you will discover in Home Bake how to make them the best.The book's simple cakes include classics such as Genoise Sponge and Light Fruit Cake alongside more surprising recipes such as Apple and Honey Crumble Sponge. There are flour-free cakes, muffins and cupcakes too - from the Marshmallow Muffin to the Chai-tea Cupcake. Delicious puddings are also made easy. Discover how to make the perfect Baked Lemon Cheesecake or a simple Blueberry Cheesecake. Create a gorgeous Steamed Sticky Toffee Pudding or a glamorous Hot Ginger Bread Souffl . Or learn the simple tricks behind a great Tarte Tatin or a delicious Bakewell Tart. Delicious recipes, simple tricks ... this book contains everything you need to know to make gorgeous homemade bakes.
Edmonton-born Patrick relocated to London in 1985 and quickly made a mark with his footwear designs. Within a decade, his was the label on fashionable feet all over the world.After 20 years in the shoe business, he was ready for a sabbatical, and with his new Soho bakery venture together with Eric Lanlard, Cox Cookies and Cake proves that the entrepreneurial knack for turning something he loves into an irresistible product is as acute as ever.Eric Lanlard is a master patissier. Since arriving in the UK 21 years ago, the 42 year old Frenchman has changed the face of British Patisserie, earning himself a reputation for inspirational cakes and an A-list clientele.Twice winner of Continental Patissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards, Eric's unique combination of craftsmanship and unbridled creativity has made him the premier cake-maker for celebrity celebrations.Eric has appeared on numerous television programmes including GMTV and Master Chef (judging the professional chefs) as well as a guest appearance in Mary Portas Queen of Shops. He fronts a TV series for Channel 4 called Glamour Puds and is the author of two books, Home Bake (Hamlyn) and Glamour Cakes (Mitchell Beazley).