Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Review: Pastry Cook by Catherine Atkinson (Book)

I wanted to share with you a book that Andy bought me, to help conquer my fear of pastry!! When I saw it in the 'The Works' I wasn't too sure whether I would actually use the recipes within it, or whether it was a bit too 'professional' for me, but since I've sat down and gone through it and tried some recipes, it has now become my Bible!!! At only £2.99 it is an absolute bargain!!
The first 60 odd pages are dedicated to giving you step by step instructions on how to make a variety of different pastries and sauces, as well as informing you on what pastry is used for what, how to make and use sweet and savoury fillings, lining different tins and decorating pies and tarts. The photos are great at showing you exactly what kind of finished product you are after.

 There is such a wide variety of recipes within this book ranging from Beef Wellingtons to Baklavas, Cornish Pasties to Chocolate Eclairs and  Sausage Plaits to Pumpkin Tarts.

Every recipe is accompanied by great photos and easy to understand steps. Accompanied by the tips at the front of the book means that even the least experienced 'baker' will be able to attempt any pastry baked goods...hence I have the book! I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to experiment with different pastries, sweet or savoury.

Rating: 5/5


  1. I have her book 'muffins galore' (I've serb it in the works cheap too) and it's fab! Will definitely look for this one tomorrow - great review!

  2. Ooo really? I will have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up! :) x