I have a lot of cookbooks, but I still almost always look online for recipes first. So, I decided I should really use my cookbooks.
A couple years ago, a friend of mine gave me The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book: The Essential Recipe Collection for Today’s Home Baker. It’s one of the smaller cookbooks I have, so I’ve given myself the following challenge:
Make everything in the book.
If I can count correctly, there are 39 recipes for Cookies & Bars; 45 recipes for Muffins & Quick Breads; 19 recipes for Coffee Cakes, Scones & Biscuits; 46 recipes for Cakes & Tortes; 44 recipes for Pies & Tarts; 22 recipes for Yeasted Breads; 20 recipes for Fruit Desserts; and 15 recipes for Custards & Egg Dishes. That’s a total of 250 recipes. Yeesh.
We’ll see how much I have to modify. I’m not going to buy any special pans if I can help it – I have enough of those already. I might have to substitute some ingredients if there are any that use ingredients I really don’t like.
I’m not sure how long it will take me to get through the book, and I’ll be doing other recipes as well, but stay tuned for pictures and commentary. :)