Friday, 16 December 2011

How to Be a Domestic Goddess, Review and one copy to give away

Now for a post about a book that is dear to my heart. How to Be a Domestic Goddess Baking and the art of Comfort Cooking by Nigella Lawson first published in 2000 by Chatto and Windus. This was Nigella’s second cookbook (after How to Eat). I was asked a little while ago if I’d like to review this book, which of course I would! I have a copy from when it first came out, so I asked WH Smith if they would be ok if I gave away the copy I was sent to a reader on here, and they said yes, so thanks to WH Smith for the paperback copy to give away. Just leave a comment to be entered for the draw, first name out of the hat on 22nd December 2011. Closing date for comments to go in the draw is 21st December 2011 at midnight. THIS IS NOW CLOSED.

Pink Wafer Rose Bud Fairy Cakes

When this book came out I cooked from it obsessively for a good number of months. It’s a great book, a baking book to entice existing bakers, but with enough of a modern edge to appeal but the new bakers too. The book is nicely presented, although do be aware this is not a book where every single recipe is pictured, but the pictures are all tempting. I still love it today, all these years later. The main chapters are: * Cakes* Biscuits* Pies* Puddings* Chocolate* Children* Christmas* Bread and Yeast* and The Domestic Goddess’s Larder*.

Dolly Mixture Fairy Cakes

I have baked a lot from this book, it was in my pre-blogging days that this book came out, which is a shame, as I could have had some pretty pictures of cakes and cupcakes on here! I have been particularly taken with the cupcakes in Domestic Goddess and some of the recipes I have made are: Burnt Butter Brown-Sugar Cupcakes (which were a lot nicer than the title makes them sound), Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing, Blueberry Muffins, Baklava Muffins, Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes, Espresso Cupcakes, Night and Day Cupcakes, Cappuccino Cupcakes, Jam Doughnut Muffins, Chirstmas Morning Muffins and Christmas Cupcakes which are very beautiful as well as delicious.

Cake wise I’ve made a few too, Nigella’s Victoria Sponge is my go-to recipe, Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake is fabulous too - I sometimes make it as cupcake sponges too, Flora’s Famous Courgette Cake, Butterscotch Layer Cake, Boston Cream Pie, Marzipan Fruit Cake, Coconut Cake, Chocolate Marsala Cake – one of my favourite cakes and Chocolate Pistachio Cake. The Strawberry Shortcakes definitely need a mention too as do the Peanut-Butter Squares which are like home-made Reese Peanut Butter cups. This is not an exhaustive list of all I’ve baked from this book – but you get the picture, there is a lot to tempt the baker and eater!

Butter Cut Out Biscuits

I made these for a party a while ago.

Fairy Cakes

I’ve made these often, and here are three ways I’ve decorated them for parties.

Store Cupboard Chocolate-Orange Cake

I’ve made this one a few times too, if you use marmalade you get a bitter-ish orange taste, I prefer it with jam for a sweeter fruity vibe.

Banana, Cherry and White-Chocolate Cupcakes

These are very easy, a quick mash and stir is all that’s needed. I think these are super comforting. A number of years ago I made these when my hubby had a friend round, they were not that long out of the oven. Every time I have seen his friend since he sees me and thinks of these cupcakes!

Good luck with the draw if you enter and hope you win (NOW CLOSED), but if not WH Smith have a great cookery selection here.

The winner is the second commenter Aby Wilson - well done Aby, I'll be in touch and you'll soon have your book :)

Next up: One Sweet Cookie by Tracey Zabar


milgwimper said...

I would love a copy of this book. I baked her clementine/orange cake out of one of her books and thought it was fabulous.

Aby Wilson said...

They all look lovely Kelly!! I really like Nigella but actually have never read this book so your review is really useful!! Aby x

C said...

I love my copy of this book, like you, I've made so much out of it. I particularly like the storecupboard chocolate orange cake and the gingerbread, but even now I open it up and find more things I want to make!

Maria @ Sarti Apartmani said...

Love the natural look of the cakes :) They’re also baby-approved, too, because they look so yummy! And I have a few brown bananas to use-up anyway. Thanks for sharing :)

jaxstar84 said...

I have a few of her books but not this one! I find her recipes pretty fail safe and very doable! Originally I didnt like the fact that her books didnt have many pictures as I like to flick through and just browse recipes, however have ended up making so many of her recipes through the recommendation of others that its not an issue at all anymore - theyre my go to books for many things! Id love a copy :D

Anonymous said...

You wrote a lovely and mouthwatering review of Nigella's baking bible, Kelly-Jane. Your photos make me want to reach my hands out to your delicious looking treats. Very well done and presented. I would like to bake my way through Nigella's book as you did.


Maggie said...

Please don't enter me into the giveaway.
This is one of my most used baking books and I think we love most of the recipes in it.

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Brownieville Girl said...

This review has inspired me to search out my copy - I haven't used it in a while despite the fact that is is one of my favourite baking books.

Lovely photos Kelly-Jane.