Over in another thread, Normbake asks about Dan Lepard's The Handmade Loaf. I'm lifting over comments on the book to this new thread because it may be difficult to find it in future if left in there.Quote:
Do you have or can somebody recommend Dan Lepards "The handmade loaf" book is it worth buying it, it's $50 dollars here in Brisbane.
I don't have it mate, but I have heard other people speak highly of it. May be best to get an opinion from one who does.
I would buy it even it were $200!
it is pure gold
none of my other baking books come close.
Beautiful book....written with much love for bread, in the recipes/instructions and photos (taken by Dan himself). Some of the recipes I've tried include:
Simple Milk Loaf - good bread with medium density. A million times better than Wonderbread.
Cassis and Currant Loaf - another winner.
Quick White Loaf - Interesting with millet flakes in it.
Rolled Oat and apple Bread - Very moist (for days) and truly yummy.
Raisin and Cinnamon Loaf - Lovely. Dan even has a step-by-step pictorial in his forum as a couple of us had the problem of the raisins burning/becoming too hard from the baking.
Chelsea Buns - Perfect! Now, if only one can get the dough to be as thin as Fitzbillies
Lemon Barley Cob - Soft and Yummy
Garlic Dumplings - Taste like baos...but better!
Rosemary and fresh cheese sticks - Really crispy and addictive
Oh...Jack's oven and breads are featured in pgs 160-2. There are so many recipes in there calling out to be made....
Perhaps, we can use this thread for other book recs too.