Laudree: The Sweet Recipes * is the best cookbook I purchased last year.
Yup I'm in Laudree love and have been since it arrived, each recipe I have tried has turned out deliciously perfect, allowing me to recreate that just visited a patiserrie feeling at home.
OK I admit some of the recipes involve many steps - this is not a book dedicated to one bowl baking. But if you follow the instructions the end result is completely achievable and you can rest assured you will have a sweet worth the time and effort.
Although in saying that there are a few simple recipes which can be undertaken in less than an hour.
The book includes sections for macarons, large cakes, tarts, tea cakes, confections, drinks, pastries and more.
Laduree at Amazon
(ummmm the fondant topping is a little rough due to my fault not the recipe - I was rushed as guests were arriving and I did not melt it enough)
A couple of the recipes do call for specialist ingredients for example, pouring/dipping fondant which is different than ready rolled fondant. But in these days of easy internet online ordering you should be able to locate any item will little fuss.
Link to Sucre at Fishpond (free shipping to Australia and NZ)
The actual book is a little smaller than regular, has a velvety cover with gilt edge pages and it comes in a pretty little box. It is such a treasure I have managed to keep it looking quite good to date despite the fact that it has been used unlike many of the books that lanquish on my shelves. Plus each recipe has a lovely little full page picture showing the finished treat.
Recipe measurements are in both metric and imperial :)
Oh and make sure you get the English version, unless of course you are looking for the original.
* I purchased Laduree Sucre myself and did not receive it in exchange for a review. I just like to share what works for me.
If you are looking for other cookbook favorites of mine I also recommend the following books which are well suited to the home baker. I have tried many of the recipes with consistently good results :
The Whimsical Bakehouse
More from Magnolia (which contains the recipe for Magnolia's famous vanilla cupcakes)
Linda Vandermeer is a blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go!. Published in the US the book is available at most online book stores:
Or here at fishpond (Aus/NZ)