Aug 152015


Bake Happy: 100 Delightful Dessert Recipes to Rock Your World by Judith Fertig

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Running Press (June 2, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0762453796
ISBN-13: 978-0762453795
Colorful, flavorful home-baked treats just say “happy,” and Bake Happy is all about adding a bit of joy back into your kitchen. A sweet baking book that will bring a smile to the dessert table, Bake Happy includes 100 recipes for cheerful cupcakes and cookies, bars and brownies, tarts and turnovers, and delicious cakes that are speckled, marbled, and striped.

This cookbook can be used year-round and will satisfy your sweet tooth and your soul. Whether you’re in the mood for creamy chocolate, colorful cake layers, tasty cake batter, or special occasion desserts, you’ll find recipes for Citrus Glazed Sunset Cake, Rustic Cherry Pudding, Secret Filling Devil’s Food Cupcakes, and more. There are also various options for color and flavor combinations, and 30+ full-color photos throughout.

I used to love to bake but since my children grew up I have barely done any baking at all. Sometimes I’ll bake something for Christmas or other holidays or just because I feel like it.

When I saw this book the title reminded me of the fact that baking did make me happy and I wanted a copy of this book asap.

The book starts off with Acknowledgements, Introduction, and The Bake Happy Language Of Flavor. My favorite flavor is chocolate, and from the chart chocolate means risk taking, shoulder to lean on and indulgence.

There are eight chapters in this book:
Bake Happy Basics
Meringues and Souffles
Tartlets, Tarts, Pies, and More
Little Cakes, Cupcakes, Brownies, and Pastries
Cusards, Flans, and Bread Puddings
and then the index.

Since my son loves brownies, the first two recipes I want to try is the Marbled Pumpkin and the Venezuelan Spiced brownies. Another one I want to try is Chocolate Chunk Cookies since my kids loved the Chocolate Chip Cookies I used to make. There are also some fruit and other recipes I want to get to soon.

There are “So Happy Together” banners throught the book. One example is from the recipe Chocolate Chunk Cookies that says “Chocolate Chunk Cookies + Affogato”. Since I didn’t know what “affogato” was I looked it up and the definition is a coffee-based beverage. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. Some variations also include a shot of amaretto or other liqueur.

There are also variations included with some of the recipes and quotes by different people. One of my favorites was “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats” (Iris Murdoch, novelist).  I couldn’t agree more.

This book is a quick read with 240 pages, and it’s loaded with all sorts of yummies that seem easy enough to make.

If you are a baker or know someone who is, this is an excellent book to add to your shelf. It’s one you can go to over and over whenever you want something sweet. There are many different desserts and they all look good.


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  9 Responses to “Bake Happy by Judith Fertig”

  1. I don’t bake much these days either because we end up throwing most of it away. Those pumpkin brownies sound divine!

  2. I agree that pumpkin brownies sound great! Very fall-ish. My daughter is the baker in our family. I’ll have to keep this one in mind for her.

  3. I have the same problem as everyone else — with only the two of us, I kind of stopped baking. But now we have young neighbors with kids, so I can bake again and share!

  4. I hear of a lot of people who stop baking when the kids are grown, but I’m not one of them. I love baking and I love baked goods! Though I am lucky because my daughter and her family live just down the hill, so we share what I bake.

    • My oldest son and his family are vegans, so I don’t make anything for them except fruit salads and stuff like that. My daughter only lives 5 min. from me but she has two kids and LOVES to bake.

  5. Not one for me but I do like the cover. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

  6. It makes me feel happy to just simply look at that great book cover!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this book.

  7. These sound terrific — chocolate is my favorite flavor, too!

  8. Vicki, this sounds like a terrific cookbook for bakers. I try to be healthy but sometimes I feel like baking something sinfully good, like the spiced brownies you mention (which may actually be healthy due to the chocolate and spices).

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