My dear friend Gin (of bake club fame) has supplied me with just about every beautiful recipe book I own. I consider myself spoilt - I've been a grateful recipient of some real classics.
Last Christmas Gin bought me the Ripe deli book Ripe Recipes by Angela Redfern.
I've looked through plenty of recipe books in my time. While most inspire me to dream, it takes a special cookbook to inspire me to action. This one did. I have used it numerous times in the last six months, and absolutely love it.
I made brioche for the first time, a little tentatively (my husband is half-french and he's got a frenchman's taste for brioche!), but I needn't have worried, they were such a hit. The recipe was really straight forward, and the filling (rhubarb and custard) was divine! I'll be making them again.
To continue the rhubarb theme, I also made the rhubarb butterscotch layer cake. It wasn't quite as straightforward (it took me three tries to get the caramel sauce right for starters) but it was really worth it. Cream cheese, and caramel, and sponge, and rhubarb....it's gooooood! And the next-day leftovers were even better.
There's such a nice combination of practical/real and decadence to this book. From chutneys to chocolate easter nests, it's jam-packed full of good ideas. And it's a real keeper.
x Library Girl