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Christmas Books for Cooks – reviews and ‘Sweet Treat’ giveaway

Giving gifts in the festive season is a personal thing, you want to find a gift that your friend or family member would enjoy.  If you know anyone who likes to cook and bake, then a cookbook is always a great gift.  It doesn’t seem to matter how many books there are on the shelf another one is always welcome.  Going for some of the new releases means that you are unlikely to give a gift that is already on that shelf here are a couple of books that will please those with a sweet tooth.   There are more Christmas Books for Cooks reviews and giveaways to com,  so be sure to subscribe to Farmersgirl Kitchen to get updates by email. 

Sally's Candy Addiction Recipes

Sally’s Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for your Sweet-Tooth Fix, Published by Race Point, RRP: £16.00

Sally McKenney, creator and author of Sally’s Baking Addiction, is back with a brand-new cookbook chock full of a whole new host of treats for your sweet tooth fix.  There are over 75 brand new recipes, indulge in truffles, fudge, caramels, and Marshmallows.  And if you like Oreos, Reese’s, Snickers, or other chocolate bar favourites, Sally will show you the best ways to incorporate these into cookies, cupcakes, bars and more.

Who is it for?  Great for people who make for bake sales, parties and in general if you have a sweet tooth.

Simple and Sweet Candies

Pros: There is a whole range of recipes from simple chocolate dipping to sugar thermometer work. Gorgeous photographs and clear instructions.  You can see that I made the Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips (Crisps) which are remarkably tasty and ideal for children to make.  The Peanut Clusters made with salted peanuts and chocolate and they are just brilliant, so easy to make and they taste amazing. 

Cons: This is just too tempting, so many lovely treats, just don’t eat them all at once!

The Verdict:  I love it! Not only were the recipes really good, but they gave me loads of ideas and techniques to create my own sweet treats. 

 

All things Marshmallow

 

All Things Marshmallow by Ross O’Brien & Amy Nelson published by Jacqui Small LLP, RRP £20.00

Opening up a whole new world of taste and texture, All Things Marshmallow offers practical, professional know-how, step by step instruction and over 80 inspired, sophisticated recipes that showcase this light and delicate treat in both star and supporting roles.

With mouth-watering photography and a never ending roll-call of fabulous flavours on every page, All Things Marshmallow is full of sweet treats, some savoury surprises and stunning looks, providing plenty of substance as well as style and confirming that the humble marshmallow can be part of your weekly repertoire, form the perfect homemade gift, or star as the centre-piece of any special occasion.

Naturally low fat and gluten free the marshmallow was originally known for its medicinal qualities. And although generally perceived as a naughty-but-nice-sugar-fest, when made with the finest ingredients marshmallows are an exquisite, grown up, guilt-free indulgence. Navigate your way easily through this glorious book which is themed chapter by delightful chapter; perfect for dipping into anytime, in any season.

Who is it for?  A fairly confident cook/baker or one who loves marshmallows and is determined! I’m always a bit wary of anything with hot sugar , but the Mallow basics makes it look easy. I know that home-made marshmallows are a completely different beast to bought ones, so if you like marshmallows, why not have a go at making them yourself.

Pros:  Great basic instructions at the start of the book.  Nice flavour combinations and this book also covers Marshmallow fluff,  buttercream , popsicles mousse, cakes and biscuits using marshmallow and a chapter on festive treats. Alternatives to gelatine are catered for. 

Cons: You will need some kind of electric mixer to make these treats, preferably a stand mixer.

The Verdict: There are so many different recipes and techniques that you are bound to find something that suits your taste, the instructions are comprehensive and the photographs are more than tempting. 

I’M GIVING AWAY ONE COPY OF SALLY’S CANDY ADDICTION AND ONE COPY OF ALL THINGS MARSHMALLOW TO ONE LUCKY WINNER  IN A “SWEET TREAT” BUNDLE.  Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget to enter the competition (over 18 and UK entries only, please)

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  1. Paula MacGregor
    November 10, 2015

    I love Sally’s Baking Addiction & didn’t know she had a sweet book out! Anything with Oreos sounds right up my street 🙂

  2. Tracy Nixon
    November 10, 2015

    Millionaires Shortbread!

  3. kellyjo walters
    November 10, 2015

    coconut energy balls

  4. Marga
    November 10, 2015

    Brownies!

  5. Tracey Peach
    November 10, 2015

    Revels 🙂

  6. iain maciver
    November 10, 2015

    chocolate chip shortbread

  7. kim plant
    November 10, 2015

    drumsticks x

  8. Kim Neville
    November 10, 2015

    Lindt Creation Praline

  9. Jon Sellers
    November 10, 2015

    Wine Gums

  10. laura banks
    November 10, 2015

    chocolate fudge

  11. Laura K
    November 10, 2015

    My favourite sweet treat his chocolate fudge.

  12. Tracey Brookshaw
    November 10, 2015

    I love fudge and chocolate

  13. Samantha loughlin
    November 10, 2015

    Harribo

  14. Hannah Ingham
    November 10, 2015

    Salted Caramel Brownies!

  15. Nicki Evans
    November 10, 2015

    Rocky Road

  16. Laura Pritchard
    November 11, 2015

    Chocolate mousse

  17. clair downham
    November 11, 2015

    chocolate eclair

  18. Paul Scotland
    November 11, 2015

    I love Chocolate covered pretzels

  19. claire woods
    November 11, 2015

    chocolate

  20. Ruth Harwood
    November 12, 2015

    White Chocolate Muffins

  21. Angela Paull
    November 12, 2015

    Peanut Brittle

  22. Mark R
    November 12, 2015

    Vanilla fudge

  23. danielle jupp
    November 13, 2015

    gypsy tart

  24. Margaret Clarkson
    November 16, 2015

    Lindor by Lindt

  25. Laura Nice
    November 16, 2015

    Wine Gums

  26. Julie Chilton
    November 17, 2015

    I love tablet

  27. Victoria Prince
    November 21, 2015

    Caramel Shortbread 🙂

  28. Lynsey Buchanan
    November 21, 2015

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

  29. Donna Caldwell
    November 22, 2015

    Love carrot cake

  30. Miss Tracy Hanson
    November 22, 2015

    Peanut Butter Oreos (at the moment). 😀

  31. Sheri Darby
    November 22, 2015

    Danish Patries

  32. Lizzy Cooper
    November 22, 2015

    Green & Blacks!! mm

  33. Melissa Red
    November 22, 2015

    Lemon cheesecake

  34. charlotte
    November 22, 2015

    millionaires shortbread mm

  35. jemma dwyer
    November 23, 2015

    toffee crumble x

  36. Mike Salisbury
    November 23, 2015

    Caramel shortbread

  37. Kirsty Sparks
    November 23, 2015

    Chocolate Brownies 🙂

  38. Keith Hunt
    November 23, 2015

    custard tart

  39. David Crabb
    November 23, 2015

    I don’t have a sweet tooth as such but I am partial to marshmallows 🙂

  40. Trevor Linvell
    November 23, 2015

    Any kind of chocolate

  41. Deirdre M
    November 23, 2015

    salted caramel

  42. Charlotte Moore
    November 23, 2015

    Brownies

  43. zoe somerfield
    November 23, 2015

    Chocolate peanuts

  44. Jade Missy Evans
    November 23, 2015

    Oh I love chocolate!

  45. Kerry W
    November 23, 2015

    Dark chocolate with sea salt

  46. morag p
    November 23, 2015

    anything with ginger in it, lovely!

  47. tracey grevatt
    November 23, 2015

    frys turkish delight

  48. Lieke van Vugt
    November 23, 2015

    Red velvet cake

  49. Lyndsey Beckford
    November 23, 2015

    Chocolate raisins 🙂

  50. Aaron Milne
    November 23, 2015

    Love “Tiffin”

  51. LEE HARDY
    November 23, 2015

    Chocolate Guiness cake

  52. Natalie Crossan
    November 23, 2015

    chocolate fudge

  53. Gemma Cook
    November 23, 2015

    Absolutely love chocolate brownies

  54. Leanne Bell
    November 23, 2015

    Chocolate fudge cake 🙂 x

  55. Claire Ward
    November 23, 2015

    Chocolate covered raisins