Friday, March 28, 2014

Sweet: Treats to Share

Sweet Treats to share HR
Sweet: Treats to Share is a brand new book (in stores from today) that is packed with more than 80 irresistible recipes from some of New Zealand’s best-loved bakers.  You’ll find recipes from such baking legends as Alexa Johnston, Allyson Gofton, Annabelle White, Dean Brettschneider, and Kim Evans.
You’ll find recipes for cakes, biscuits, slices, loaves, muffins, pies and more.  What we like about the book is that nothing looks too fancy or hard to make.  The recipes are for true baked good favourites; the type of treats to fill the tins with.  There’s recipes for Kiwi classics such as Afghan Biscuits and Ginger Crunch, to more contemporary treats like Fresh Cherry Ripple Cake and Maple Rhubarb Crumble Pie.  We’ll be sharing a recipe for a delicious White Chocolate Brownie from the book at a later date, so do check back here on the blog for that.
Pg 99 Pumpkin & Prune Cake LR
The food has been beautifully photographed by Manja Wachsmuth and styled by food writer Penny Oliver.  A lot of the baking is photographed on gorgeous vintage china, which when I checked the credits at the back of the book was pleasantly surprised to find that the photography props came from our friends at The Vintage Table – how cool is that?!  (I knew that plate the Ambrosia on page 165 is photographed on was familiar, it’s the one I used photographed my Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffles on and is one of my favourites from The Vintage Table).
page layout
Scattered throughout the book are cute little baking related quotes, such as “A baked gift shows you took the time to care” and “Baking is both an art and a pleasure” with which we couldn’t agree more.  The book begins with a rundown of a few baking basics and you’ll find contributor bio’s and a measurement conversion table in the back.  All this, along with the recipes, comes prettily packaged in a padded hardcover book with a marker ribbon.  It’s a delightful book which is sure to appeal, and would make an ideal Mother’s Day or Easter gift for home bakers.
Sweet, treats to share, baking book for mothers day 2014, published by Penguin NZ. Food styling by Penny Oliver, props from The Vintage Table or stylists/ photographers own
We have a copy of Sweet: Treats to Share to giveaway to one lucky reader.  To enter the draw to win, please leave us a comment (with your name) telling us what your favourite baked treat is to share with friends and family.  Entries close on Friday 4th April at 8pm and the winner will be chosen by a random draw.  However, if you can’t wait until then to get a copy, head along to your nearest good book store.  Sweet: Treats to Share will be hitting the shelves today.
Sweet: Treats to Share. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $45.00. Available nationwide.

Photography credits:
Pumpkin & Prune Cake: Copyright photography © Alan Gillard, 2014. 
Lemon Madeira Load: Copyright photography © Manja Wachsmith, 2014

49 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book to have in the collection - my current favourite treat is passionfruit yoyos, delish! Cate Weir

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  2. This book sounds/looks great, would love to have a copy.

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  3. Ginger Crunch, using rye flour and double the icing, with a nice cup of Earl Grey tea !

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  4. Mine is a recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Friands that includes 3 whole eggs (separated) not just egg whites, a cup of ground almonds and fresh or frozen raspberries. Everyone loves them. This book sounds like my kind of baking.
    Carol Hastings

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  5. I love baking books, I even take them to bed to read at night. I love to share Brownies with my workmates and friends, I'm always trying to find the perfect go-to recipe. Would love this book. Lynnley Wills

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  6. My idea of a perfect book! Choc cake smoothered in choc buttercream icing is my go to take along baking which always goes down well

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  7. Chocolate brownie wins everytime, followed by raspberry white chocolate shortcake :-)

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  8. mm gorgeous book makes me hungry.I love to make a large banana cake and serve warm from the oven for dessert with icecream or yoghurt.I usually make a large one in the hope of freezing some for later in portion sizes for a quick snack or dessert.Of course if I dont sneak some away my family will just eat cake until nothings left.

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  9. I love making chocolate chip cookies with raisins and rolled oats. It is super easy to make with my 2 year old and makes a massive batch of them, which is great for taking round to coffee group or to mainly music. The raisins and rolled oats make them seems at bit healthy!!!

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  10. Mmmm looks good. My go to baking is always carrot cake, a firm fav by all in my family.

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  11. Looks like an amazing book! My latest favourite is white chocolate blondies which I made this week and took into work - they were gone in a flash! :)

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  12. hi at the moment it is cupcakes with pink icing

    Carolyn Abraham
    carolynab@xtra.co.nz

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  13. Sounds like a lovely cook book. I've just made shortbread and ginger crunch for my auntie on request. Most of my baking is given away to friends and family

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  14. Hello there, love the look of your new cookbook. My four year old and I made a huge batch of lolly cake to take to his four cousins....it was demolished in ten minutes! Baking for me is all about sharing it with the people you love young and old, it brings people together and puts smiles on peoples dials and that's what it all about! :)


    Joanne Mosley
    jokarenwillis@gmail.com


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  15. Neroli FillinghamMarch 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    It's hard to beat the gift of Chocolate Cake! I have a fave (easy) recipe that I love to make for friends and family on their birthdays (or just to cheer them up!)

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  16. My favourite baked treat to share are your salted caramel cupcakes!

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  17. Choc chip cookies and gingernuts go down well in our house.

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  18. Ohhh looks like a pretty book! I like doing a few different things in mini form (scones, butterfly cakes, brownie etc) and having a little High tea!

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  19. I bake just about every week to share with my workmates and drag them away from their desks (we're all lawyers). They love my ginger crunch!

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  20. My favourite baking treat to share is triple chocolate brownie, always goes down well. Looks like an amazing book, would love to win!!

    Liana Keane
    lianakeane@yahoo.co.nz

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  21. Looks like a fantastic book with recipes from all my favourite NZ bakers together in one book! Laura's brownies is my favourite recipe for brownies (which is perfect for sharing), and I recognise it from my well-thumbed copy of Alexa Johnston's book "A Second Helping"

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  22. Old fashioned buttery shortbread made with the help of my grandaughter who is learning to bake cutting out shapes is all art of the fun then sitting down with her nanna and koko to sample is even better

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  23. We love old school Quuen Cakes and so do visitors when we can bear to part with a few.

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  24. Cupcakes always go down a real treat! theres so much inspiration on this blog....defo my favorite :)

    Sharne McLachlan
    sharne.mclachlan@rd1.com

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  25. My sister does a great lemon loaf that we love to share.
    Stacey

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  26. Lemon pull apart brioche loaf. Also white choc pistachio and cranberry blondies, and adaptation of a gordan Ramsey recipe. Different recipes for different friends and family :). Canada Loucks.

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  27. raspberry and white chocolate brownie is my favourite thing to make :)

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  28. Mocha morsels are my favourite home made treats to share! Sophie

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  29. Cinnamon nut scrolls or cheese scones

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  30. Chocolate brownie or date loaf. Yum!

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  31. Afghans - so quick and easy to make and I always get great comments on how tasty they are.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    Karen B

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  32. Chocolate brownie is always a winner - so quick and easy to whip up last minute and it pleases nearly everyone

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  33. Being pregnant I'm in love with all sweet treats especially anything with banana! Just about to make a banana loaf actually! Kelly Blackie kel_cutta@yahoo.co.nz

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  34. Afghans and ginger crunch are my favourite treats to make for friends and family get togethers, everybody loves them! Lisette Barwick lbarwick@windowslive.com

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  35. I make Monte Carlo biscuits for any occasion, or maple and pecan friands!

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  36. Self-saucing chocolate pudding cooked the day before and gone cold and oh so good! Vita Worboys

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  37. These sound divine! Perfect for the cooling weather when cravings really start to hit. Andrea Callender

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  38. I love baking and sharing afghans as so easy to make, kiwi classic and they are scrumptious! Love new baking ideas :-) Jenny Chats

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  39. Sounds just like my kind of recipe book, yummy! would love to add this to my collection. My big chewy chocolate chip cookies always go down well with my friends and family :) Jeanna Berriman

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  40. my al time favourites are a tie between my kickass meting moment and a good old peanut butter cookie

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  41. Love baking, could really use a recipe book that is just dedicated to baking. Love trying out new recipes, this would make my whole family extremely happy!:)

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  42. Looks like a lot of recipies to try - I like to make new things and take them to my work and my Husbands work place - otherwise I would be the size of a house!!

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  43. I love to make brownies to share because they're so easy to make and you can make a huge batch - I usually make mine in a big roasting dish.

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  44. this recipe book sounds great, i love to make cupcakes to share as there are so many options for flavours.

    jodie quedley
    dudette_nz@hotmail.com

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  45. ooh looks yummy, my favourite baking treat is brownie..

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  46. Mmmmm Mine would have to be caramel apple slice Yummy! Thank You For sharing :)

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  47. My family love a Lemon Meringue pie - it's what I make to take around to friends places for dessert too :)

    The book looks like something I would put to good use.

    Carissa Foster

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  48. Apple spice muffins! Delicious! Becky Brinch

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