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I have quite a few cook books but there are very few where I have actually cooked more than 2-3 recipes from them.  Peyton and Byrne's British baking is a useful and straight forward.  I have had it about 2 months and have tried the following:
  • Rich chocolate cake - looks simple but slightly faffy (my egg whites refused to peak) tastes like a nut less Brownie
  • Coffee and Walnut cake - Popular.  Making is easy but there is a mistake in the quantities of cream cheese.  They have said 600g of cream cheese to cover (they do not say to slice it and sandwich it) a 20cm cake.  This is far far too much.  I suggest 400g is plenty.
  • Black forest gateau - easy and lovely but I did not cook the chocolate sponge as one slab and slice it.  Instead I cooked 3 separate sponges and it came out very well.  My cake did not crack like theirs.
  • Ginger and Black treacle bread - Loads of washing up.   Made it with half the ginger and still came out lovely.
  • Banana Nut Bread - good but pedestrian.  Very adaptable
By the end of this week I will have been paid to make the following for colleagues at work:
  • Chocolate Marble Cake with White Chocolate Icing
  • Raspberry Cheesecake.

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