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Cookbook Review: The Violet Bakery Cookbook

Claire Ptak’s story is a true inspiration. At one point this California filmmaker turned baker, was offered a dream position at Chez Panisse, but decided to move to London and begin her own bakery adventure.  Violet, her bakery nestled un-obnoxiously in East London, has become a crowd and critic favorite.  In her book, The Violet Bakery Cookbook, you get a true sense of who Ptak is as a person and as a baker as she effortlessly blends the two page by page.

Her recipes are a wonderful mix of sweet and savory, decadent and light.  From the Kamut, Vanilla and Chocolate Chip Cookies to the Ham, Cheese and Leek Scones.  She also creates from the standpoint of making almost everyone happy.  Though she leans toward a very sweet tooth, she knows that heavy sugar is not for everyone and creates a nice balance in the recipes throughout her book.

The recipes are organized into sections: Morning, Midday, Afternoon, Evening, Party Party, and The Violet Pantry.  You will easily be able to find the perfect treat for any occasion.

If you have been baking for years, or you are excited to start, this is a lovely book to have in your collection.  The recipes are unique and rustic with flavors that will surprise you.  There are also a few classics with Ptak’s personal touch added for character.

Some of our favorite recipes:

  • Cinnamon Buns
  • Ginger Molasses Cake
  • Hazelnut Toffee Cake
  • Fragola Grape Icing
  • Sour Cream, Chive and Feta Scones

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