Originally published on “Blaise the Baker” September 17th, 2014
“The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook” By: Cheryl and Griffith Day
I have to say that this cookbook is one of my top ten most favorite cookbooks! If the authors looks familiar to you (Cheryl and Griffith Day) it is because you have probably seen them with Paula Deen. (They ARE all friends and supporters of one another…and Paula wrote the book’s forward.)
Cheryl and Griffith Day have put together a wonderful cookbook here with amazing recipes that are both simple and delicious. Not every single recipe has a photo, but a majority of them do…and photos they are! Wonderful photographs fill the book and make you want to dive into a recipe before even reading through it completely.
I have never been to their bakery though (“Back in the Day”) but I would LOVE to go sometime. They offer sweet and savory dishes in house, as well as in this book. I will admit though that about 85% IS baking recipes…and there’s nothing wrong with that! I would much prefer a baking book any day!
If you’ll notice, I take pictures of all my finished dishes, and place them in the cookbooks where I got the recipe from. I know…I’m a nerd! Ha! I also write the date on the back of the photo and what was thought about the recipe…
This book is arranged in 9 chapters. Breakfast / Coffee Cakes, Quick Breads, and Sweet Yeast Breads / Cupcakes and Cakes / Pies, Cobblers, Crisps, and Tarts / Puddings and Custards / Cookies / Brownies and Bars / Confections / Savories.
Not to be missed recipes (and some of my favorites) would include…
“Buttermilk Biscones” (page 14). These are delicious and so easy to make! An “in house” invention, Back in the Day has created a winner with these. If you like biscuits AND scones – check this wonderful combination out! I made these (as you can see from my photograph and love the turbinado sugar on the outsides) and was really impressed. I have made them several times and they are delicious with butter and homemade jam (page 17).
“Brown Sugar Banana Bread” (page 45). This banana bread is unlike any other banana bread I have tasted – amazing! The toasted pecans really add a whole other level of flavor. I also love sprinkling the top with a little extra brown sugar. This was a hit!
“Lovely Lemon Loaf” (page 54). I love lemon (as if I need to tell you that) and found this recipe one of my favorites from the book! I make it all the time and it’s so easy and packed with such flavor you will not believe it! Don’t skip the lemon juice or lemon zest though…that is really what makes this recipe “pop”!
“Old Fashioned Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting” (page 64). This recipe…well…there are no words. It’s DELICIOUS! The taste is really old fashioned (like the name suggests) and the frosting is out of this world! Could the fact that this recipe calls for a POUND of butter be why they are so good!? Perhaps…but I refuse to apologize for it. They are incredible and I highly recommend you make these FIRST! (Also…notice my photo pinned on to the book! Ha!)
“Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting” (page 88). Hummingbird cake was really popular several years ago, but it is faded into the background…until now. I made this for my Grandma Deloris (who loves this cake) and it was a big hit with everyone! The taste is something that must be enjoyed (nuts, mace and pineapple) but the cream cheese frosting really ties it all together – very “homemade” and old world tasting.
“Almond Crunchies” (page 182). These cookies are very light (almost like meringue) but have a big crunch and big flavor! They are really good when served with a cup of coffee. These almost remind me of a light and flavorful cookie from my childhood.
“Butter Mints” (page 211). These are perfect for weddings, baby showers or Church parties! Every time I make these, people go crazy! They are so easy and can be tinted ANY color for any kind of event! They are simple (4 ingredients not counting the color) and full of flavor! These are so much better than anything you can buy in the store!
That is all I have made from this cookbook, but there are SO MANY more I want to try. Take a look at my pictures again. See the “Post-It” notes lining the top? Those are all the “page markers” on the recipes I want to try! Ha! Yes…it’s almost the entire book.
I could go on and on and list all of the recipes I want to try, but instead I will just say this – BUY THIS BOOK – you will not be sorry! It is delicious and wonderful…