Baking for the Holidays, a review by Tanya

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Baking for the Holidays: 52 Cozy, Seasonal Treats to Get You through the Winter
Sarah Kieffer

224 pages
Publishes September 7th, 2021 by Chronicle Books

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About the Book: 

A charming holiday baking cookbook brimming with delicious, indulgent recipes, cozy winter photography, and lots of holiday cheer from Sarah Kieffer.

Here’s a festive holiday baking book to celebrate this very special time of year. Sarah Kieffer, author of 100 Cookies, beloved baker behind The Vanilla Bean Blog, and creator of the “bang-the-pan” method offers more than 50 delicious recipes for seasonal brunches, cookie swaps, and all those Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year’s Eve parties.

Delight family and friends with edible gifts and whip up some delicious baked goods to treat yourself through the long winter months after the holidays have ended. Recipes include: Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Meyer Lemon-White Chocolate Scones, Pear-Almond Danish Bread, Hot Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pepita Streusel.

With cozy holiday imagery, a lovely, clean aesthetic, and easy yet innovative recipes, this is a go-to cookbook for baking enthusiasts, anyone who loves the holiday season, and, of course, fans of Sarah Kieffer and her hugely popular cookie book, 100 Cookies.

GREAT GIFT OPPORTUNITY: With happy, festive photography and anyone-can-do-it recipes, this is a perfect holiday gift alongside a cute apron or baking product. It’s sure to please anyone in your life who loves to while away the winter months in their warm and cozy kitchen.

BELOVED, ACCOMPLISHED BLOGGER AND AUTHOR: Sarah Kieffer is the beloved blogger behind The Vanilla Bean Baking Blog, which won the SAVEUR Reader’s Choice Best Baking & Desserts Blog in 2014. Her pan-banging cookie technique went viral on the New York Times website. She has written two cookbooks and been featured by Food52, The Today Show, Mashable, The Kitchn, America’s Test Kitchen, Huffington Post, and more.

Perfect for:

• Bakers of all ages
• Holiday bakers
• Fans of Sarah’s bang-the-pan cookies, 100 Cookies, and The Vanilla Bean Blog
• Holiday gift givers

My Review:

Who doesn’t love some Holiday baking?  The house fills up with the smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate.  I can smell it now and can’t wait to start baking for Christmas.

Baking for the holidays has some tried and true Holiday favorites and some fun new recipes that I haven’t yet tried.

Burnt Honey Buttercream, Lemon Pull-Apart Bread, Nutella Star Bread (this looks beautiful!), Hot Chocolate Cake, Frozen Bon-Bons, no churn Ice Cream and this cool new idea – Cruffins!  A cross between and Croissant and a Muffin.  O-M-G!

Every recipe in this books is a make from scratch.  Some recipes are really easy, others you may need to read a couple of times to make sure you understand the process.  But I promise you, you will not be disappointed if you pick up this Cookbook!

For the recipes that will take a bit of extra time, Kieffer does an excellent job of making easy to read directions to simply the process for the baker, as much as possible.

A great cookbook for every household that loves to wake up to the smell of holiday baking! YUM!

Thank you to #ChronicleBooks and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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