- Product code: HMSS
- ISBN: 9781903141847
- Publisher: Anness Publishing
- Format: Hardback
- Dimensions: 28.7cm x 23.7cm
- Book points: 4
The Home-Made Sweet Shop (Hardback)
Learn how to make a wide variety of sweets with Violet Cakes founder Claire Ptak. This book contains over 90 classic recipes for confectionery, candies and chocolates and the tempting treats are surprisingly easy and satisfying to make at home. All the recipes have easy-to-follow instructions and clear step-by-step photographs. Perfect for dinner parties or home-made Christmas gifts, the recipes include classics such as marshmallows, liquorice and candied fruits.
Customer ReviewsAdd review
I think this is a brilliant find, the fudge is amazing and my children and me can't wait to try out more recipes. Brilliant find and well worth the money.
Rose ( 09/05/2013)
Variety, and great tasting -
I'll start with the coconut ice, which like many reviewers here didn't work, but I've tried 2 fudges, marshmallow and preserved lemon peel, and all have been great. The Marshmallow was particularly tasty - I've only ever had shop-bought before and this was a revelation.
Sweet making is a very precise thing and requires certain skills that normally only come from practice (preferably with someone who knows), so if a recipe does fail, then I would suggest doing some research online - for instance you would not believe all the little things that might make fudge fail!
Louise W ( 13/03/2013)
Seriously Disappointing -
I was delighted to find a book that would show me how to make good old fashioned sweets. Sadly I've had one disaster after another. I bake a lot and think I'm pretty good at following a recipe and measuring things accurately but these recipes just haven't worked for me.
I've tried 3 batches of fudge - none of which came out as fudge texture. All batches were binned after tasting the smallest piece.
The nougat stayed a nasty sticky mess and greasy on the outside, even though I used the least amount possible to grease the pan as instructed!!
The honeycomb was delicious but too hard for most people to eat (think I'm blessed with ultra strong molars!!).
The coconut ice wouldn't set at all!
I've decided not to waste any more good ingredients on what have proven for me to be bad recipes from this book. If anyone has a tried and tested reliable sweet making book I'd be grateful for the title.
MichB ( 03/01/2013)
The good and the bad -
Good - Bonfire Toffee, made this for this year's bonfire celebrations and it received very good feedback from family and work mates. So much so, I've been tasked to make some more. With this in mind planned to make Christmas treats: Bad - Coconut Ice, looked nothing like the photographs and has come out as a very expensive soggy mush.
Irv ( 24/12/2012)
Excellent Book -
My husband and I have this book as we love sweet things and thought it would be fun to have a go. We have tried several of the recipes and along with the family we have taste tested them and loved them all...
If you want to have a bit of fun and try something different then give it a go. Remember this incorporates some projects that include hot sugar and similar things so do use some common sense when thinking of things to make with the children and make the things that aren't suitable for them yourself and let them enjoy the fruits of your labour!
Becky ( 13/11/2012)
The recipes are not accurate with cooking times and amounts I'm sure of it. I spent so much money trying to create these as well. I bought the finest things in order to make sure they turned out well and even a special sugar thermometer. I wasted £8 on chocolate alone, not to mention the other things. I tried the chocolate fudge a few times. I'm very disappointed, will be selling this book at the car boot sale I'm afraid x
Aimee ( 19/09/2012)
"Adults only!" -
I bought this book hoping to use it with a group of disabled adults, and with my grandchildren. From that point of view it is no use at all, many of the recipes are far beyond the capabilities of either group. I was hoping for a lot of cold, no-cook-type recipes, so I haven't used it at all. Sadly the cost of returning it was exhorbitant, so it's off to the next car boot sale for it. At least purchasers can look before buying!
Charlotte ( 27/07/2012)
We've made marshmallows, lollipops and sherbert so far. They've all worked out fine. The experience of making our own sweets has helped teach my daughter some things about what goes into the shop sweets she enjoys, There are a few ambiguities in the recipes that you need to be aware of. Many of the recipes require boiling sugar which needs care, especially if you're involving your kids. Adding warm gelatine to molten sugar results in the whole lot violently bubbling up which I wish the recipe had mentioned - plenty of cooker cleaning needed. I'd recommend this book fora rainy day with older children.
Andy ( 19/07/2012)
"Epic fail" -
I'm a pretty experienced cook and so far I've tried 2 recipes from this and both have failed badly. The quantities on the coconut ice only work if you want to eat near pure sugar. Basic ideas are fine but I'm now using this as inspiration only. That said if you don't intend to make anything and just want to use it as a coffee table book the pics are gorgeous!
Harriet ( 26/06/2012)
"Homemade sweets" -
Recently received this book and adore it. Would have liked a few more cream-type sweets though - Opera Creams and the like and Fondant Creams.
Georgina ( 25/11/2011)
"Really good and helpful" -
I've owned this book for a while and it is ever so helpful with sweet making. The recipes are plentiful and work out well. Can really recommend!
Isa ( 15/11/2011)
"Lovely sweet recipes" -
Why pay for sweets when you can make your own, this book has got so many yummy recipes. Well worth the money, I'm going to make some children's lollypops today and some nougat tomorrow. I recommend this book - it will save you a lot of money and give you hours of fun too.
Mrs Bradish ( 12/11/2011)