Sweet & Salty Recipes From New York's Most Creative Bakery

Book - 2014
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Ovenly is an award-winning bakery headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since 2010, their innovative baked goods have found their way into cafés, restaurants and stores nationwide.

At Ovenly, our philosophy is to explore culinary traditions with an unexpected twist, while thoughtfully melding salty and sweet with a touch of spice. We are committed to crafting recipes that are complex, innovative and fun. Whether you are enjoying a cookie in our bakery or making one of our cake recipes at home, our goal is to provide you with joy through flavor.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin, c2014.
ISBN: 9780373892952
Branch Call Number: 641.85 KUL
Characteristics: xxi, 217 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Patinkin, Erin


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Dec 24, 2018

This book is beautiful. And I am a bit intimidated by it.

The format is very well done. The book is divided into 'chapters' for cakes, cookies, squares, muffins, icings/fillings, etc. Each chapter opens with a chatty little page or two from the author, telling a bit more of her story as a baker/entrepreneur and introducing that set of recipes. Each recipe has at least one large colour photo - not necessarily of the final product, but close enough to give you a sense of what you'll be making. There are also illustrated instructions on techniques like weaving a lattice on the top of a pie. (My favourite desserts cookbook of all time earned that status precisely because it opens with detailed photographed instructions of how to make basics like a variety of pastry types, custards, etc. that are referred back to by many of the recipes in that book. I cannot emphasize the usefulness of photo essays showing basic techniques.)

So, why am I intimidated? I've been baking for over 30 years. I have a shelf full of cookbooks, most of which I've tested at least one or two recipes from.

I'm intimidated because of some of the flavor combinations. I bet the Feta, Basil and Scallion Muffins are delicious - but would my kids eat them? Mustard in spice cookies? Blue cheese in an apple pie? (The Bacon and Blue Cheese Quiche also sounds awesome, but not necessarily kid-friendly.)

So, I'm dipping my toes in gently. The Gooey Honey Blondies (with chocolate chips and quite a bit of salt) were utterly delicious. So were the Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies (which are essentially a brownie batter with finely minced crystallized ginger, so you have to refrigerate it before you have a hope of making anything cookie shaped - but the result is something that kind of resembles the crispy edges of a brownie with a soft chewy middle; any recipe that's about 50% good quality dark chocolate really has to be good).

So far, the recipes work and are very tasty. But unless you have a crowd of adventurous eaters to help you consume the results, this does run the risk of becoming a very lovely coffee table book. Nevertheless, I'm likely going to buy this book at some point (or get my husband to gift it to me) - which is the highest recommendation I can give for a cookbook.

ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

Don't let the beautiful cake on the cover fool you: the first cookbook from the owners of Brooklyn's Ovenly bakery isn't all about sugar. Influenced by eastern European baking methods, these recipes winningly combine savoury and sweet, allowing you to liven up brunch with spicy Bloody Mary Scones or satisfy your salt cravings with Caramel Bacon Hot Tarts. Techniques for cookies, cakes, quick breads, muffins, and other treats are all included alongside photographic instructions, making Ovenly an easy-to-use resource for bakers who appreciate bold, enticing flavors. Home, Garden, and DIY January 2015 newsletter.


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