A design-forward cookbook for sweet and savory baked goods from London’s popular Violet Bakery that focuses on quality ingredients, seasonality, and taste (as opposed to science) as the keys to creating satisfying, delightful homemade pastries, tarts, sweets, and more.
American chef and Chez Panisse alum Claire Ptak shares recipes and stories from her well-loved East London Bakery in this beautiful, inspirational cookbook. A gifted pastry chef with an artist’s eye (she is a former Vogue food stylist), Ptak’s approach to sweets is both aspirational and doable: her recipes are made with familiar and available ingredients and focus on simple flavors that satisfy the craving for something delicious and homemade. The heart of the book addresses the most important aspect of baking—flavor—and appeals to both experienced and occasional bakers. Organized from morning till night, Ptak’s recipes cover the baking spectrum: breakfast recipes such as Peach Crumb Buns and Braised Fennel, Olive, and Caper Bread Pudding, and treats for tea or dessert such as Ginger Molasses Cake with Apricot Cream, Passion Fruit Curd Tart, or Pistachio and Rosewater Cake, and are sure to satisfy any sweet palate.