Great British Books is written by Mary-Anne Boemans, a finalist in the 2011 series of the Great British Bake-Off and a self-confessed cookbook hoarder and foodie. Those three things together make me instantly love Mary-Anne.
The idea behind the book is that the recipes are “forgotten treasures for modern bakers” and there are certainly some real gems in this brilliantly-researched book. The book comprises of a foreward (written by Sue Perkins from the GBBO), a detailed and interesting introduction from Mary-Anne as well as some bakers notes. The book is then split into the following sections: Large Cakes, Biscuits, Gingerbread, Pastry, Puddings, Small Cakes, Yeast, Bits and Bobs.
Below is an example of the kind of recipe you can find under each section – selected because these are things I want to try out myself.
Large Cakes: Welsh Honey Cake, Scots Seed Cake, Big Biscuit Cake
Biscuits: Knights Biscuits, Shrewsbury Cakes, Pearl Biscuits
Gingerbread: Honeycomb Gingerbread, Old Welsh Gingerbread, Honey Gingerbread
Pastry: Fruit Fancies, Fanchonettes, Taffety Tarts
Puddings: Quire of Pancakes, Malvern Summer Pudding
Small Cakes: Hazlenut and Raspberry Slice, Banbury Cakes, Portugal Cakes
Yeast: Bath Buns, Cracknells, Ginger Rolls
Bits & Bobs: Raspberry Sugar, Apple Jam
Great British Bakes by Mary-Anne Boermans is published by Square Peg and is available now from Amazon and all good book stockists.