Let’s Bake by Cathryn Dresser – Book Review

Let’s Bake! by Cathryn Dresser, a former contestant of The Great British Bake Off, is a wonderful children’s recipe book with 52 different ideas to bake.  The book is divided into seasons with recipes suited to Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter which come with step by step instructions worded in a fun and simple way.   There are also a few pages of tips and techniques at the front of the book, perfect for young bakers to learn from.

Let's bakeWhen we were flicked through the book, I can honestly say that nearly all of the recipes appealed to us, with Miss M eagerly making a list of all the things she wants to try.  The recipes are really simply written with lots of bright, clear pictures to help you see what you are trying to achieve.  Some recipes that Miss M is keen to try are the Welsh Rarebit Pinwheels, Petit Croque-monsieur Croissants and the Scrumptious Strawberry and Cream Meringues.  I want to try the Herb Soda Bread and the Easy Feta Cheese Triangles.  As you can see there is a great variety of recipes, with a mixture of sweet and savoury that have appealing flavours and ingredients to children.

lets bake 2We decided to make something sweet first that we could all share and one thing we’d all had our eye on was the Wicked Chocolate Brownies.  They were so simple to make and Miss M made them with minimal help. I just helped to measure out the ingredients, melt the chocolate while she mixed everything in a bowl and her favourite bit, which was to crack the eggs!

cath dresser 1Once out of the oven, we left them to cool and then cut them into squares. The recipe was very easy to follow and perfect for young ones who love to mix.  We were very pleased with the result which we ate when still warm and they had a lovely squidgy texture, slightly gooey in the middle.  In fact they didn’t last long at all – an indulgent chocolatey treat that we can’t wait to make again!

cath dresser 2I think Let’s Bake! by Cathryn Dresser is a really lovely book, beautifully presented with lots of content and most importantly recipes that we like and want to cook.  We will get lots of use out of this book and I think Miss M will grow up using it regularly, gaining lots of good baking skills from it.  I’d definitely recommend this for young bakers!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the book in order to write the review.


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