Baked Explorations

by sous-chef on May 17, 2011

Just a few weeks ago, the Kitchenarian sent me an Easter care package, filled with candies, clothes and all the delights a college student could ask for before exams, and included was the incredible book, Baked Explorations. I have always been the baker in the family, so this book was such a delightful treat! I curled up in my chair and flipped through the pages, eager to come home to a nicely stocked kitchen and get cooking.

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito have compiled a book of many classic American desserts and put a spin on the recipes to make them new and intriguing. From start to finish, I found many favorite recipes from the Buttermilk Doughnuts, the Mississippi Mud Pie, to the homemade Coffee Ice Cream. Accompanying each recipe is a paragraph explaining the story behind the dessert, or why the two men chose to add it to the book. It’s a beautiful layout, with quirky notes and rustic photographs to accompany each of these sweet treats.  This is their second cookbook.

Over the summer I certainly plan on tackling a few recipes from this book; my eyes are trained on a particularly decadent looking Chocolate Coffee Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache. The chocolate covered espresso beans around the edges of the cake drew me in at first glance. I look forward to trying it out and sharing with you!

Click here to visit the Baked website.  Get information on their two shops – one in Brooklyn, NY and the other in Charleston, SC.  If you don’t feel like baking, you can purchase their cakes or pies from their bakery or, if you don’t live close by, you can even order their cookies and brownies on-line.  You will want to take a look at their website to see all the beautiful pictures of their delicious baked goods.

For a new way to look at desserts, and to satisfy your sweet tooth, I recommend getting the book, Baked Explorations. It will lead you to a new kitchen adventure.

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Liz May 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

Oh, gosh, thank you for reminding me of this wonderful cookbook! I bought it and it’s buried somewhere due to my kitchen renovations. I’m going to hunt for it this morning and check out some of the recipes you have highlighted…YUM.

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yummychunklet May 17, 2011 at 10:20 am

Gah! I was just about to buy Dorie Greenspan’s baking cookbook, but now I’m torn! Which to I purchase?? What a great gift from the Kitchenarian!

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Tiffany May 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

I LOVE this book and have blogged about many of the recipes in it on my site. Check them out! I am visiting Newark in August and plan on making a trip to Brooklyn just to visit this Bakery. I am glad you thought this book was great too!

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RavieNomNoms May 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

Oooh!! Thank you so much for letting me know about this book! I love new cookbooks and I am sure a nerd, I love to read through them at the gym while I am working out or on a rainy afternoon. Can’t wait to check this one out!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite May 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I have the first Baked cookbook, and totally need to get this one!

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Emily @ Life On Food May 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I am sold on this being my next cookbook. I love there bakery in NYC. Thank goodness it is far enough away that I consider it a special treat.

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Kate@Diethood.com May 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm

That is one awesome gift your Mom sent you!! Unless it’s 97 cents, my mom isn’t buying a cookbook for me. 😉

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Jen at The Three Little Piglets May 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I just bought their other one, and I’m completely crazy about it. Love the photos…just makes me want to eat the book!

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Kita May 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I loved Baked and Baked Explorations! They are awesome cookbooks that yield wonderful results each time I crack one open 😀

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Reds Kitchen Diaries May 18, 2011 at 4:35 am

I have their first cookbook and it totally rocks – fantastic recipes! thanks for the recommendation on this one 🙂

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Kim - Liv Life May 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm

OOhh!!! Love this, and I could make it a nice little home on my shelf. I’ve been trying to cut back on my cookbook addiction, but well… maybe after this one!!

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