One Bake, Two Ways: Fifty Bakes with an All-Plant Option Every Time

Interlink. Jun. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781623716790. $35. COOKING
After a viral moment on the Great British Bake Off’s vegan week in 2018 put Bhogal in the spotlight, she promised herself that she would figure out what went wrong with her on-show bake. Bhogal now packs everything she has since learned into this charming and often cheeky cookbook that offers up 50 plant-based recipes (and their non-plant-based counterparts) for sweet treats. From quintessential British favorites like lemon drizzle cake (reinvented as a lemon and thyme drizzle loaf with lemon custard cream) to American specialties like cinnamon rolls with cream cheese filling (for which Bhogal shares her secret of using a Japanese bread baking technique, yu-dane (known in China as tangzhong), for a softer, more tender crumb), Bhogal breaks everything down into easy-to-follow steps and then serves it all up with a generous measure of saucy wit. Measurements and oven temperatures are given in metric only, but a conversion chart provides the ways and means for American bakers to translate things into terms they understand.
VERDICT Following in the footsteps of Great British Bake Off alums Edd Kimber, Nadiya Hussain, and James Morton, Bhogal’s first cookbook delivers the stuff from which sweet baking dreams are made.
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