Oh, I've been looking forward to this one for a while... It's time for the Butter Baked Goods Cookbook Roundup and Giveaway!
A diverse group of food bloggers from across Canada have been pouring over the pages of Butter Baked Goods - Nostalgic Recipes from a Little Neighbourhood Bakery. This home baker's dream cookbook is crammed with over 100 recipes for sweet confections and baked desserts.
Now we're all sharing our personal experiences making a variety of Butter Baked recipes, featuring photos of what we created and jointly hosting a giveaway for you to win a personally signed Butter Baked Goods Cookbook of your own along with a box filled with goodies from the tiny yet famous Vancouver bakery with a prize value of $125 (open to both Canada and the US, entry below).
This delectable cookbook written by Rosie Daykin features over 100 recipes for sweet favourites, bakery classics and even the highly-coveted Butter Baked Marshmallow recipe, recreating the bakery's iconic gourmet marshmallows that are sold all across North America. There are also baking technique breakdowns, information on how to whip, mix, cut and zest and all the right tools to select for each task.
When choosing which recipe I wanted to try from Butter Baked Goods, I wanted to test my limits with techniques that I'm still a newbie at, so I decided to go for candy making with the Chocolate Honeycomb Brittle recipe on page 247. This recipe describes how to make a puffy and crunchy honeycomb brittle candy and uses the chocolate tempering techniques from Page 234 for the dark chocolate coating.
I found making this chocolate honeycomb brittle both entertaining and informative - things bubble, foam, melt, harden... there's suddenly melted dark chocolate everywhere. It's good times, and at the end you have candy!
I also like that while there are specific techniques spelled out in the recipe that need to be carefully followed, the resulting candy is heart-warmingly rustic in appearance, and you can choose to break up the brittle into bite-sizes snacking pieces or make larger candy 'bars', reminiscent of the Crunchie chocolate bars of childhood, but with tons more flavour, texture and crunch. This dark chocolate brittle would also look lovely wrapped up and festively packaged for seasonal giving.
Who we are and what we baked
The food bloggers taking part in the Butter Baked Goods cookbook recipe testing and giveaway come from across Canada, and no matter the focus of our blogs, we're all joined in a love of things buttery, sweet and satisfying. I can't wait to see all the photos and descriptions of the home baking trials of the past month.
Delicious blog posts will be popping up live on the morning of November 26th. Check out the links below to see what everyone else recreated from the Butter Baked Goods cookbook in their own kitchens.
- Jenny from The Brunette Baker made Butter's Classic White Cake and Coffee Buttercream Frosting
- Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging made the Butterscotch Walnut Bar
- Heather, The Tasty Gardener, made a Raspberry Custard Pie
- Libby of Libby Roach made Vunderbars
- Robyn from Planet Byn made The Dream Slice
- Brittany from My Daily Randomness made Marshmallows + Smores
- Anna from Hidden Ponies made The Dunbar
- Liliana from My Cookbook Addiction made Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake
- Rhonda from Olive & Ruby made Twice a Week Morning Glory Muffins
- Mardi from eat. live. travel. write. made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies
- Kristy from She Eats made Apple Bacon Cheddar Scones
- Sarah from (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean made Jackson Pollock Popcorn
- Isabelle from Crumb: A Food Blog made Chocolate Pistachio Pound Loaf
- Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs made Kitchen Sink Bark
- Jan from Family Bites made Orange Pecan Biscotti
Win a signed Butter Baked Goods cookbook and goodie box
To celebrate our Butter Baked Bloggers event, author and cafe owner Rosie Daykin has donated the fantastic prize of a signed copy of the best-selling Butter Baked Goods cookbook and a box of various sweet treats and baked goods from Vancouver's famous Butter Baked Goods Cafe, with a value of $125.
To enter, add a comment to this post answering the question: "What sweet treat are you craving right now?". Then confirm your entry using the Rafflecoper widget below.
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* Contest open to Canadian & American mailing addresses only and who have reached the age of majority in the province, state or territory in which they reside.
MANDATORY: To enter, add a blog comment below answering the question:
"What sweet treat are you craving right now?"
OPTIONAL: Get to know Canadian food bloggers who love butter baked goods on social media. Choose to follow any or all to earn additional entries.
AFTER YOU POST A COMMENT, be sure to enter within the Rafflecopter widget above with your email address for both mandatory and optional entries so we can contact the winner.
Giveaway closes Wednesday, December 3, 2014.