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The Grand Central Baking Book: Breakfast Pastries, Cookies, Pies, and Satisfying Savories from the Pacific Northwest's Celebrated Bakery

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Staff Pick

Every now and then, a cookbook comes along that becomes an instant classic. This is one of them. Fans of Grand Central Bakery — and bakers of all skill levels — will be delighted that they can now enjoy these irresistible baked goods at home.
Recommended by Michal D., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Mention Grand Central Bakery to a Seattle or Portland native and they'll light up as they tell you about gooey, jam-filled buttermilk biscuits, insanely flaky pies and pastries, and flavor-packed whole wheat cinnamon rolls. Now these much-loved recipes are available to home bakers for the first time, accompanied by easy-to-follow pointers on baking breakfast and brunch, cookies, fruit desserts, cakes, pies, and more.

This collection of more than 100 recipes draws on a treasury of Grand Central staples and family favorites. The Grand Central Baking Book offers detailed, delicious recipes for some of the bakery's best-loved goodies, along with technique-driven workshops offering in-depth explanations of baking methods and helpful shortcuts from seasoned bakers.

On page after page, Piper Davis, the daughter of Grand Central's founder and now the company's cuisine manager, generously lets home bakers in on all the family secrets that have made Grand Central the first morning stop for locals since 1972.

Distilling more than 35 years of innovation, experience, and genuine love of good, fresh food into simple, accessible recipes, Piper Davis and award-winning pastry chef Ellen Jackson invite you to make popular Grand Central Bakery goods in your own kitchen.

Review:

"Davis, daughter of the woman who founded the renowned Pacific Northwest bakery Grand Central, shares secrets for 85 breakfast pastries, scones, cookies, pies and other baked goods in this reliable resource. Would-be pastry chefs looking for culinary showmanship will likely be disappointed by Davis's rustic recipes, but those with an appreciation for solid, buttery fare will be swooning over the results from recipes like individual bread puddings, Belgian waffles, Lemon Cream Sandwich Cookies and a rich Raspberry Port Trifle. Unfortunately, those results are always thoroughly described in Davis's instructions — not a problem for the bulk of recipes (tarts, cakes, sticky buns) but problematic for more unusual entries like Dutch Babies or biscuit-like Jammers. Still, Davis makes up for these occasional lapses with useful pro tips like how to freeze pies, pie dough and cake batter to maximize efficiency come production time. She also provides proper techniques for a range of skills, from dough handling to building and decorating the perfect layered birthday cake. Readers passionate about their baked goods are sure to find a wealth of favorites." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"At last, we have a long overdue glimpse into one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bakeries. This book is comprehensive, fun, and enticing!" Cory Schreiber, founder of Wildwood and coauthor of Rustic Fruit Desserts

Review:

"The recipes in this book are just like Grand Central Bakery: brilliant but not flashy, tasty but not self-absorbed, and full of homey charm. You will be smitten!" Tom Douglas, chef-owner of Dahlia Lounge, Lola, and Serious Pie, and author of Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen

Review:

"There is a familial quality to good baking, a no-nonsense wholesomeness with the scent of freshly baked muffins. Piper and Ellen have captured this, as well as the wonderful style and character of Grand Central Bakery favorites. This is a practical and functional book that is bound to become lovingly tattered on your shelf." Greg Higgins, chef-owner of Higgins Restaurant and Bar and recipient of the James Beard Award Best Chef: Northwest

Synopsis:

Pacific Northwesterners flock to the Grand Central Bakery, and now the much-loved recipes are available to home bakers for the first time, accompanied by easy-to-follow pointers on baking for breakfast and brunch, cookies, fruit desserts, cakes, pies, and more.

Synopsis:

Grand Central Bakery is a favorite bakery and local treasure for Pacific Northwesterners; it has also been named one of the top ten bakeries in the country by Bon Appetit. Home bakers can now enjoy and create some of the much-loved recipes in this collection of goodies.

About the Author

Piper Davis is an avid baker who inherited her ease in the kitchen from her mother, Grand Central Bakery founder Gwenyth Bassetti. Piper grew up at her mother's side in the kitchen, cooking and baking for their food-centric family. Now, as co-owner and cuisine manager of Grand Central Bakery, named one of the top-ten bakeries in the country by Bon Appétit, Piper gets to share her love of fresh seasonal food with happy customers every day. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Ellen Jackson is an award-winning pastry chef, food writer, and stylist who has served as a judge for the James Beard Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Introduction … 1

1. Stocking the Larder … 2

2. Breakfast and Brunch … 14

3. Keeping the Cookie Jar Full … 52

4. Mealtime … 92

5. Everyday Fruit Desserts … 118

6. Cake … 142

7. Time for Pie … 170

Index … 196

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Elliza, December 16, 2012 (view all comments by Elliza)
My best friend and I are avid bakers and both own many many cookbooks, but this is one of our favorites. Everything we have collectively baked from this book has been not just good but fantastic. If I am planning to make muffins or cookies I check this book first.
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Erin Kendrick, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by Erin Kendrick)
I am in love with this book! I love baking, I love new recipes, I love Grand Central and I love books that cover baking tips and long passed down baking secrets, and this book covers all these areas!

So far, I have made Grand Central's famous "Jammers" (similar to a scone with a dollop of jam in the middle...like a giant Jam Thumb print cookie) and the Blueberry muffins. The Jammers are identical to the ones served at the bakery (and super easy to make!), and although the muffins were a little different they are still very, very good blueberry muffins.

This book would be great for both the novice and experienced baker. It is not intimidating and has great pictures and really down to earth advice about what kitchen gadgets are worth purchasing vs what is a waste of money and not needed. When I first received the book, I spent an hour reading through their baking tips and was super excited to find out some really useful info on butters (I didn't know the difference between European style butters and other, but the bakery seems to prefer European for most baked goods) and other baking ingredients, as well as how to "stocking the larder" in order to bake at home on a regular basis.

Oh yeah, and if all of the above praise isn't enough to convince you: the book gives out Grand Central's baked good recipes!! In addition to the ones I already mentioned: Cinnamon Rolls, a variety of their Tea Cookies, Pie Crusts, Quick breads, Coffee cakes...and on and on!
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Kelly Fischer, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by Kelly Fischer)
I use this book at least 3 times a week. I even started a blog, Adventures in Baking because I adore this book. I think baking the recipes and sharing them with friends and family is important. Cooking and baking brings a warmth to a home and this book has helped a desperate stay-at-home mom find some peace and happiness in the kitchen (and in the bellies of me and my family).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781580089531
Author:
Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Author:
Davis, Piper
Author:
Jackson, Ellen
Subject:
General
Subject:
Baking
Subject:
Grand Central Baking Company
Subject:
Methods - Baking
Subject:
Courses & Dishes - Bread
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Baking General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10.30x8.06x.78 in. 2.06 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Ten Speed Press - English 9781580089531 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Every now and then, a cookbook comes along that becomes an instant classic. This is one of them. Fans of Grand Central Bakery — and bakers of all skill levels — will be delighted that they can now enjoy these irresistible baked goods at home.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Davis, daughter of the woman who founded the renowned Pacific Northwest bakery Grand Central, shares secrets for 85 breakfast pastries, scones, cookies, pies and other baked goods in this reliable resource. Would-be pastry chefs looking for culinary showmanship will likely be disappointed by Davis's rustic recipes, but those with an appreciation for solid, buttery fare will be swooning over the results from recipes like individual bread puddings, Belgian waffles, Lemon Cream Sandwich Cookies and a rich Raspberry Port Trifle. Unfortunately, those results are always thoroughly described in Davis's instructions — not a problem for the bulk of recipes (tarts, cakes, sticky buns) but problematic for more unusual entries like Dutch Babies or biscuit-like Jammers. Still, Davis makes up for these occasional lapses with useful pro tips like how to freeze pies, pie dough and cake batter to maximize efficiency come production time. She also provides proper techniques for a range of skills, from dough handling to building and decorating the perfect layered birthday cake. Readers passionate about their baked goods are sure to find a wealth of favorites." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "At last, we have a long overdue glimpse into one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bakeries. This book is comprehensive, fun, and enticing!"
"Review" by , "The recipes in this book are just like Grand Central Bakery: brilliant but not flashy, tasty but not self-absorbed, and full of homey charm. You will be smitten!" Tom Douglas, chef-owner of Dahlia Lounge, Lola, and Serious Pie, and author of Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen
"Review" by , "There is a familial quality to good baking, a no-nonsense wholesomeness with the scent of freshly baked muffins. Piper and Ellen have captured this, as well as the wonderful style and character of Grand Central Bakery favorites. This is a practical and functional book that is bound to become lovingly tattered on your shelf." Greg Higgins, chef-owner of Higgins Restaurant and Bar and recipient of the James Beard Award Best Chef: Northwest
"Synopsis" by , Pacific Northwesterners flock to the Grand Central Bakery, and now the much-loved recipes are available to home bakers for the first time, accompanied by easy-to-follow pointers on baking for breakfast and brunch, cookies, fruit desserts, cakes, pies, and more.
"Synopsis" by , Grand Central Bakery is a favorite bakery and local treasure for Pacific Northwesterners; it has also been named one of the top ten bakeries in the country by Bon Appetit. Home bakers can now enjoy and create some of the much-loved recipes in this collection of goodies.
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