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Mary Berry's Baking Bible

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Filled with Mary's trademark no-nonsense tips and techniques for getting ahead, this great value 2 book bundle is a must-have for all busy bakers.

Taste glorious newcomers like her show-stopping Rainbow Cake and Quick Sourdough Loaf, plus timeless favorites, from Orange and Chocolate Shortbread to French Apple Tart. This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use.I'm sure if I attempted to bake the more challenging recipes, my cakes wouldn't end up like Dame Mary but isn't the point to try? I am looking forward to trying my hand at her Fork Cookies, Very Best Scones and Buttermilk and Honey Cheesecake (always, always on the hunt for ways to use buttermilk).

Paula Deen's 4 layer coconut confection with lemon curd between the layers and real buttercream frosting a half-inch thick that takes all day and every dish in the kitchen to make would never appear on a British table. Cordon Bleu trained in Paris, Mary began her career as a magazine cookery editor before publishing her first cookery book in 1966. Mixing methods are usually straightforward - one bowl, one beater - and ingredient lists are usually shorter. The recipe introductions are on the fluffy side (I'd have liked more background/history) and only half of the recipes include photographs, which is a shame from a visual perspective as well as that of the home baker, who might like to know what the finished product should look like. Mary’s traybake section is superb and a great idea if you have a number of hungry teens to feed, want to take cakes into work or bake for a fete.

To put it in Bake Off terms, many of the recipes tend toward Show Stoppers, with a number also presenting a Technical Challenge.

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