Mother’s Day is only a few days away! I always found it difficult to buy my mom a present as she was happy just to spend Mother’s Day with her family and never asked for anything. Although my mom was not a baker, she had a sweet tooth and whenever she would come and visit she would browse through all my baking books pointing out the cakes she liked. So, of course, for Mother’s Day I would bake her one of those cakes (apple cakes were her favourite) and bring it to her with a large bouquet of flowers. Although she is no longer with us, I still bake a cake in her memory on Mother’s Day and remember the good times we shared on that day.
If your mom loves to bake or cook (or both) the following is my Mother’s Day cookbook gift guide. These are cookbooks I have reviewed and I know my mom would have loved to browse through them picking out her favourite recipes.
The Sweetapolita Bakebook by Rosie Alyea has beautiful colour photographs, step-by-step tutorials and 75 recipes for fanciful cakes, cookies and more to make and decorate . The Best-Ever Buttermilk Cake and the Simple & Splendid Chocolate Cake were just a couple of my favourites. It’s a bakebook that brings together family and friends not only to bake but to unleash their creativity.
The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie is jam packed with recipes for sweet and savory baked goods such as tarts, cakes, cookies and more. Her recipe for Burnt Caramel and Sea Salt Sticky Buns is the best I have ever made. I suddenly have a strong urge to run to the kitchen and whip up some sticky buns.
Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Dayking has over 100 recipes for baked goods such as muffins, scones, cookies cakes, cupcakes and much more including recipes for her marshmallows. Rosie is the owner of the Butter Baked Goods bakery in Vancouver which is famously known for its best gourmet marshmallows in North Amerca. I can attest to this as I have tasted her marshmallows and they are the best I have ever had. The Chocolate Espresso Pound cake with the Chocolate Glaze with its deep chocolate and espresso flavour turned out to be a family favourite.
The Gatherings cookbook by Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal is all about celebrating people with food. It has recipes for every type of gathering and is the perfect guide to at-home entertaining. It also includes a food quantities guide on how to feed a crowd. There is also a Date Night chapter (we all need a date night now and them) with recipes such as Simple French Onion Soup to share with your date at home. Gatherings should be included on every mother’s cookbook shelf.
I wish all the moms out there a wonderful and Happy Mother’s Day!
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