Friday Reads: Butter Baked Goods

Since last week’s read didn’t have any sweets, I thought we’d have nothing but sweets this week! My good friend Trisha sent me this book because she thought I’d appreciate the Canadian-ness! Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin is full of recipes from the Butter Bakery in Vancouver. I haven’t been to Vancouver in many many years, but if I end up there in the near future, Butter Bakery is going to be my first stop. There are pictures of the bakery in the book, and it looks like the most darling establishment. The lining of the book cover is a copy of the wallpaper in the bakery, and it makes me unbelievably happy!

So, enough about the prettiness of the book, and on to the important stuff: the food! I’m not exaggerating when I say that this book completely changed how I make frosting for cakes and cupcakes. If you want the fluffiest frosting ever, without the use of a packaged stabilizer (I don’t even know if that’s what it’s called, but you can get it at the cake decorating store!). There are a few hints, but suffice it to say that I was not mixing frosting long enough.

I’ve made quite a few cupcakes in my day, but last year I made my husband the chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting to take to work for his birthday, and I actually got emails from his co-workers about how good they were ( and these are people who don’t have my email!).

I’ve made at least 10 recipes out of this book, and they’ve all been amazing. The squares in these pictures are the Cherry Slices, and they remind me of squares that a lady used to make when I was growing up. These ones are a little out of proportion because I didn’t pay attention to the pan size, but the flavors were perfect. So, if you grew up in Nova Scotia in the 1980’s and you loved Glenda Neiforth’s Tropical Bars, then this book is for you!

It’s always great when nostalgia and food mix. There are so many memories that are associated with food, and when you make something from your childhood, all those memories come flooding back. I know there are people out there who eat to live, but I’m someone who lives to eat, and the recipes in this book make the eating so much more enjoyable!


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