Who says baking has to be hard work? In No-Bake Baking, Sharon Hearne-Smith shows how to create over 100 impressive sweet treats with absolutely no need for conventional baking. These easy recipes can be magicked up in your fridge, freezer, microwave or blender - or even your slow cooker, bread machine or sandwich toaster! Sharon cleverly transforms simple ingredients like rice krispies, pancakes, cookie crumbs, popcorn and marshmallows into stunning cakes, biscuits and desserts, saving you hours in the kitchen and guaranteeing gorgeous results every time. You'll find an array of jaw-dropping temptations, from iced lemon meringue cake, striped blueberry cheesecake and deep-pan double-chocolate mousse pie, to traybakes with a twist, such as rocky road white knuckle ride, trillionaire's toffee tiffin and orange & hazelnut 'brownie' bars. Enjoy sweet mouthfuls like mini pecan pies with pretzel bases, chocolate peanut butter cups, and super-cute doughnut pops, plus inventive layered refrigerator cakes, frozen bombes, a back-to-front trifle cake and much, much more. Wave goodbye to burnt edges and soggy bottoms: these ingenious recipes are fast, fuss-free and every bit as rewarding as anything from the oven.
Whilst its called 'no bake' some of these recipes are just plain silly using shop-bought biscuits and cakes and adding icing and sprinkles. I mean, really!
Not what I'd hoped -
Read the description very carefully - Heston-style recipes should have had me running for the hills! The book uses vast amounts of bought ingredients, some very expensive, to create an array of fiddly, complex and time-consuming recipes. I wanted a no-nonsense book of easy throw-together cakes, biscuits and weekday puds - this isn't it. The creations are impressive, but it's one to borrow from the library, not to buy.
TBP says: Hi Kate, thanks for your review. We appreciate all customer feedback. We have slightlly amended the copy following your comments.
I had a quick look through this when it arrived and my first opinion is that some of the recipes are time-consuming and probably require a degree of expertise and pateince that I don't have. It is beautifully illustrated and laid out. I am going to try the strawberry mousse cake at the weekend.