Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Baking cookbook is here!

The Old Farmer's Almanac is proud to announce the latest title in its Everyday cookbook series-Everyday Baking, a collection of specially created recipes that make baking easy as pie. Available this fall wherever books and magazines are sold, Everyday Baking features 118 original recipes by celebrated baker and longtime Almanac collaborator Ken Haedrich. A winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award, Haedrich may be best known as the author of Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie, which was recently named one of the best baking books of the past 25 years by Cooking Light magazine.

Everyday Baking, with its handy reference section and time-tested advice sprinkled throughout, demystifies the art of baking and will inspire home bakers of all skill levels to make delicious breakfast treats, after-school snacks, and impressive desserts The easy-to-follow recipes in Everyday Baking don't demand unusual ingredients or abstract cooking techniques, but rather just a desire to make delicious home-baked goods completely from scratch.

The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Baking answers the burning questions with which bakers are faced each and every time they turn on their ovens:

What's for breakfast? The most important meal of the day can be made sweet with Big-Batch Fresh Raspberry Muffins or savory with Bacon-Blue Cheese Scones. In the fall, make the most of seasonal flavors with Pumpkin Sugar Cake, one of several coffee cake offerings.

Is it possible for corn bread to be too rich? Yes, and Everyday Baking has the recipe (it's delicious, we promise), alongside others for quick breads such as Glazed Lemon Coconut Loaf, Pumpkin Cranberry Bread, and Wheaten Irish Soda Bread-all of which can be made in under an hour.

What to do with all this fresh fruit? Easy . . . put it in a crisp, cobbler, crunch, grunt (hint: a steamed cobbler), or pandowdy. No matter what's in season, Everyday Baking has a recipe to suit, with offerings for Maple Apple Crisp, Blueberry Peach Cornmeal Cobbler, Fall Fruit Pandowdy, and more!

Which cookie goes best with milk? Try Triple-Chocolate Pecan Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Really Old-Fashioned Gingerbread People, or one of the over two dozen recipes in Everyday Baking's cookies section. Pie or cake? Everyday Baking features chapters for both types of sweet treats. Let them eat cake with recipes for Carrot Coconut Layer Cake, Cherry Vanilla Tea Cake, and Mississippi Mud Cake, among others. While there's a cake for every occasion, that doesn't mean that we skimp on the pie-Haedrich is a world-class pie-maker who lays out techniques and recipes for flaky, foolproof crust. "Pie-riffic" recipes include Best Ever Coconut Cream Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Coconut Crumb Topping, and Chocolate Chess Pie.

The best way to use eggs is . . .? At room temperature. Cool eggs affect the consistency of butter and other room-temperature ingredients in the dough. This is just one of the dozens of recipe-saving tips included throughout Everyday Baking.

For a sample of recipes from Everyday Baking and more Almanac favorites, check out The Old Farmer's Almanac cooking blog.

Need more pie? Tips, that is? Sign up for classes with ThePieAcademy.com. Dedicated to the idea that anyone can make a great pie, Ken Haedrich's site provides step-by-step video tutorials, recipes, and tips on the best tools.

The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Baking is produced by Yankee Publishing Inc. of Dublin, New Hampshire Its parent publication, The Old Farmer's Almanac, has been delighting readers since 1792. Everyday Baking is the third title in the Everyday cookbook series, joining The Everyday Cookbook and Everyday Recipes. The Almanac cookbook family also includes The Garden-Fresh Cookbook.

Always "useful, with a pleasant degree of humor," The Old Farmer's Almanac is known for home, garden, and food advice, as well as for its 80 percent-accurate weather forecasts for the United States and Canada. The Old Farmer's Almanac family of publications includes themed calendars for 2013 (Gardening, Weather Watcher's, Country, Recipe, and more), a collection of cookbooks, journals, The All-Seasons Garden Guide, and The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids.

The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Baking is available for only $9.99 wherever books and magazines are sold. Folks who can't find it in bookstores, supermarkets, or kitchen stores can order individual copies at Almanac.com/Store or by calling 800-ALMANAC.

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