The right cookbook for the right time — think Tiny House movement — think Empty Nesting — think Downsizing. 175 Best Small-Batch Baking Recipes certainly fits this trend. In 2017, I expect we’ll see even more recipes re-thought and tested for 1 - 2 servings so we can enjoy just a few fresh, sweet goodies. Now we don’t have to wait until our next party or holiday to bake.
Author Jill Snider knows that downsizing a standard recipe doesn’t always work—think half an egg—so in her new cookbook, Jill gives us recipes that are “Just my size.” Plus, the idea of making just a few (8 cookies, 2 tarts, or 1 6-inch pie) means we’ll have just enough to enjoy fresh and not be tempted to overindulge—definitely appealing.
This cookbook offers a collection of recipes for most anything we can think of for dessert: Cookies, Bars & Squares, Quick Breads, Cakes, Mini Pies & Tarts, Spoonable Desserts plus 5 gluten-free deserts. And, as we’ve come to appreciate from Robert Rose cookbooks, these recipes include helpful tips and storage instructions plus recipe variation ideas. But, there are a limited number of photos to visually guide us to the look of our finished product. Pictures offer a check-point to gauge if what we’ve made resembles the outcome the author envisioned. I feel photos are especially helpful for beginners, so I recommend this set of recipes to those who have some baking experience and generally don’t have any food restrictions. Hint to novice bakers: Rather than jump straight to the recipe, take time to review the initial cookbook pages which present the basic tools, pantry ingredients, and tips for successful baking.
The one thing I’m left wondering is, “Can we upsize these recipes x2 or x3 and get the same quality result?” It would be interesting to learn the author’s advice. My thought is our best chance for optimum baking success is to select recipes specifically created and tested for the batch size that best meets our need. I’m grateful to see more recipes being specifically created for 1 - 2 since traditional recipes are created to serve 4 or more.