Welcome back to the Maison Cupcake Bumper Books Christmas Gift Guide served in SIX digestible parts.
Most of these titles below came out, or where re-issued during 2011, some I own, some I’ve gazed at in bookstores, all would make an ideal gift for someone.
Today I’m kicking off with books for cake and confectionery fanatics.
Below you can also win a Morphy Richards Breadmaker
Books for cake and confectionery lovers
Clockwise from top left:
For ladies beyond cupcakes
Meg Ray’s Miette brings the famous San Francisco bakery of the same name to your kitchen; famous for her signature mid sized cakes, especially those like the one on the cover with triple layers and frosting, this book is one of my favourites of the year. Scalloped edges to the pages make it stand out! Sadly it’s only been published with American cup sizes but I intend to make lots of things from this in the new year.
Miette by Meg Ray with Leslie Jonath is published by Chronicle Books in hardback RRP £17.99.
For the Francophile who loves to bake
David Lebovitz certainly will have you Ready for Dessert with this masterful volume of over 170 recipes for cakes, cobblers, cookies, custards and more. This book is weighty, full of detailed advice and the wit we’ve come to expect from David’s blog. Not all recipes are accompanied by photos but you feel so guided by his expert advice you can have every faith each dessert or biscuit will turn out just right.
Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes by David Lebovitz is published by Jacqui Small in hardback RRP £25.
For the discerning chocolate lover or would-be chocolatier
William is one of the country’s top chocolatiers, having worked at numerous Michelin-starred restaurants with a number of the most respected chefs and pâtissiers in the business. Couture Chocolate is an astonishing homage to chocolate patisserie. Beyond being any other chocolate cookery book, it demonstrates in pictures highly skilled techniques that go into creating the most elaborate chocolates and desserts. For most people this is very advanced and would see little further action than oo-ing and arr-ing on the coffee table, however if you were someone wanting to set up their own chocolate business this publication would be an inspiring and beautiful textbook.
Couture Chocolate: A Masterclass in Chocolate by William Curley is published by Jacqui Small in hardback RRP £30.00.
For the cake perfectionist
Mich Turner’s Cake Masterclass does for cake what William Curley has just done for chocolate: There are those happy with a dusting of icing sugar on their bakes and others who set out to create a real show stopper. If you fall into the latter category and are prepared to get seriously obsessive about piping bags and sugarpaste – this ain’t airy fairy stuff you know, it’s hard core cake decoration. Mich shares her secrets for baking and decorating stunningly beautiful cakes with a dizzy array of step by step pictures to see you through virtually every cake decorating technique imaginable.
Mich Turner’s Cake Masterclass: The Ultimate Step by Step Guide to Cake Decorating Perfection by Mich Turner MBE is published in hardback by Jacqui Small RRP £30.
With thanks to Jacqui Small for the review copies.
Don’t forget, until 30th November you can also enter my Mich Turner cake decorating products giveaway.
Giveaway #27: Win a Morphy Richards Breadmaker
This ergonomically designed Morphy Richards breadmaker with easy-view front angled display has a unique collapsible kneading blade for perfect shaped loaves, a timer, digital display, makes loaves up to 2lb and has 13 programmes for a variety of different recipes.
Find out how easy it is to wake up to fresh bread every day!
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Come back next time when Part Three of the Maison Cupcake Bumper Books Christmas Gift Guide will feature books for teens and twenty somethings – and a chance to win a Kindle with new shopping smartphone app, Simply Tap.
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Sophie Williams says
Best bread I’ve ever had was walnut and blue cheese, hungry just thinking about it! 🙂
Homemade raisin and cinnamon bagels! Granted, I may have been overzealous with my hole-making, but the sense of pride made every bite taste ten times better than shop bought.
Do you have the re-issued version of miette? I wanted that book really bad but the first printing had some many errors it put me off.
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
Ah no, it has a very pretty erroratum card inside the back cover though.
Toni C says
Oooh the Miette book looks amazing!
ali thorpe says
What a fabulous prize – the scent of baking bread without the effort!
Sara Turner says
Rosemary bread made by my daughter!
My mum’s white soda bread. Takes me back to my childhood.
Lorraine Bishop says
Wholewheat granary is always my favourite
My sister made a tomato and cheese bread in her bread maker, I ate it while still warm, was FANTASTIC!
Julie Perry says
My granny used to make her own, delicious, I would love to give it a go too
I’d love to give this to my mom as a Christmas present!
carol egan says
I’m just a simple girl at heart and a warm white slice of bread can’t be beaten.
liz denial says
cinnamon & raisin bread
Roasted Tomato and poppy seed Bread. Mmmm
Jo Lees says
Mmm definitely need a bread maker – have been hand baking bread for a couple of months but it’s a struggle to always find the time to do it myself with two small children so a bread maker would solve all my problems!
Elizabeth P says
Sonya Brady says
Fave bread has to be West Indian Bun wonderful with butter & cheese!
Granary bread is my favourite
Arabella Bazley says
I love the fresh baked flat breads you get around the Middle East… larger than a dinner plate and slapped on the heated walls of the fire like a pizza to bubble and bake so they end up with crispy bits, thin bits, bubbly bits and soft thick bits (you can tell I am not a food writer!). They normally bake twice a day so you collect them fresh as they are being cooked and it is impossible not to eat any before you get home.
Azhar Baig says
I hope i win
Israr Baig says
looking forward to make lots of fresh bread
Anne Thompson says
Mix of white and wholemeal with added sunflour seeds
Tracy Nixon says
I always love wholemeal and granary – the more seeds the better and I prefer a thick cut piece of loaf!
I love raisin, rosemary and walnut – simply delicious!
Onion and rosemary focaccia – unbelievably scrummy!
Alasdair MacInnes says
Any fresh bread drives me wild 😀
My Fave bread has to be fruit bread – lovely toasted with butter
Angela Sandhu says
I love ANY fresh bread! i love the smell, the texture! yum! But if i have to choose then a nice Ciabatta…..
ella renfrew says
The best bread I have tasted is bread my mum makes 🙂
Without a doubt sourdough from a bakery in Clifden,Ireland
fresh fruit bread
Jamie-Lee Norris says
I absolutely love any Fresh Bread – there is nothing better than the taste of a freshly baked loaf of bread.
walnut bread was my favourite x
toasted fruit loaf is wonderful
I love bread so much, I could never not have bread. My friends made a nice sundried tomato and herb bread recently and it was delicious.
Joanne B says
I love focaccia bread with olives & pesto – yum!
I love a fresh baguette.yum
Georgina Ball says
I like cheese topped bread, with cheese in it!
Catalan tomato bread. I’m slightly cheating here cos the tomato is rubbed on the bread but it’s the best thing (almost) about going to Barcelona.
Lorraine R says
Karen Scammell says
has to be sundried tomato bread mmm
Louise Smith says
A warm Baguette
I have recently become passionate about cooking and baking in particular, I am itching to try and recreate my favourites, onion bread and rosemary bread.
Kay Adams says
Garlic bread, so tasty with butter on !!
Emma Holness says
Crusty White Bread
Domestic Goddesque says
My husband makes the best cinnamon fruit loaf in the world. Trust me! He’d like it so much more if he had a bread maker!!
Olivia B says
The best bread I ever tasted was while I was in Zambia in the bush. The chef baked fresh bread every day. Each day it had a different flavour, but the best bread had to be the onion bread however. It was simply gorgeous, and with such limited ingredients available and using very simple baking methods (Wood and fire) as no electricity was available, the chef was a true talent and inspiration to all wannabe bakers!
Teresa Lee says
Lightly roasted Garlic Focaccia is my favourite, nice ‘n’ soft with plenty of moisture.
Paul Wilson says
Caroline French says
Granary and Walnut! mmmmm
Beverley Keenan says
I love parmesan cheese and onion bread, the dough makes a great pizza base as well.
My favourite type of bread has to be the Challah bread from the Happening Bagel Bakery in Finsbury park! You’re almost always guaranteed a hot loaf of amazing bread! Yum!
Kim Allen says
My favourite bread is tiger bread, I just love the taste and when fresh is fab in chunks, after a day or two, it’s amazing for toast, it’s probably the only bread that we eat the whole loaf without giving any to the birds!
I’d have to say my most favourite bread would be a simple warmed ciabatta with olive oil and balsamic dip… yum 🙂
Jill Webb says
cheese and onion bread yummy
EMMA WALTERS says
tomato bread :O)
Natalie Goatley says
My favourite type of bread is garlic bread 😉
William Gould says
I love sourdough bread – can’t get enough of it when I holiday in the USA!!!
William Gould says
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Sandra Hill says
Fresh baked seeded bread when I was visiting a friend. Yum.
Lynne OConnor says
I love cheese and walnut bread
Ileana F says
My Favourite type of bread I have eaten has got to be a lovely basil and sundried tomato wholemeal roll stuffed with mozzerella! Wow, I so need one of those right now! xx
Michael Cross says
Ciabatta is the best
Anne B says
Banana and walnut
John Banks says
Rum and raisin loaf is my favourite.
Flo Foxes says
Fave Bread … a simple French White Baguette dipped in Balsamic Vinegar and Mustard Vinaigrette.. yumm ..thanks for the chance to play 🙂
Crystal Mse says
Cheese and Onion loaf . It was a brown triangle shape and it had little chunks of Red Leicester inside . DIVINE !
Susan Martin says
Honey and sunflower wholemeal home made bread, mmm lovely
Anthony Martin says
Homemade Cheese n Tomato bread
A really good organic dark rye bread (preferably topped with goat’s cheese and chilli chutney!).
Paula Fazekas says
It has to be a sundried tomatoe Italian bread
Rachael Lines says
mmm sesame seed bread, yummy.
C Hui says
Has to be tomato bread
Kate Cunningham says
I recently tried ‘toffee apple’ bread and it was yummy!
Jamie Glew says
For me, you can’t beat a thick slice of pure, soft white bread!
Red Rose Mummy says
I love Soda Bread with poached eggs, that would have to be my perfect comfort food.
I love all fresh crusty bread, but my favourite type of bread is garlic bread – I can’t ever resist it
Fraser Martin says
It has to be a sweet bread, full of raisins and honey
sunflower & black olive
Jane Willis says
just ordinary French bread – but baked in a wood fired oven in a tiny hilltop restaurant in Provence, still warm and slightly smokey tasting from the oven
KIERAN WALSH says
HAS BE SODA BREAD
Kathryn Casbolt says
Lindsey Jones says
Banana bread yummy x
Rosemary bread roles, onion bread and tiger bread, ok i have to go and eat now….
Hannah Bartram says
Garlic Bread is my favourite.
Hazel Rea says
The favourite bread I’ve ever eaten was a fruit soda bread my mother used to make – absolutely delicious, especially straight from the oven!
Chrissy Schneider says
Sundried tomato bread!
Homemade soda bread. mmmm
Natalja Popsujeva says
I really enjoy rosemary focaccia!
Mike's Baking (@mikesbaking) says
CJ Wilson says
laura seaton says
ooh I made a chilli and cheese bread when I was at school but they teacher didnt like it and failed me, I thought it was lovely though.
Emily Hutchinson says
Actually i’m really loving the onion loaf that Asda sell at the minute. Very oniony and rustic and only £1 – great with a good hearty winter soup
Catherine Gregory says
I love homemade white baps eaten while still warm
Thanks so much for the amazing competition
katrina walsh says
Ooh its soda bread every time for me 🙂
Nickie Chapman says
Sweet American-style sourdough
John Taggart says
Ciabatta for me!!
Rob Falconer says
I love any type of bread if we’re in France!
love all types of bread
I love Banana bread ?
Lucy Pasifull says
A simple fuccacia
Gabriella Smith says
My Mother-in-Law’s olive bread
Anything involving sourdough
Chris Andrews says
ciabatta – mmm – yes please
Soudough. It’s some kind of delcious alchemy.
Lynsey McCloy says
luke quinn says
olive bread please
Samantha Deakin says
I agree. Focaccia is my favourite as well
claire woods says
Gabrielle Svensson says
Freshly baked crusty white bread.
Jane Barrett says
Easy question for me it has to be Ciabatta.
douglas millard says
Love teabread when I can get it
Daphne Mueller says
I love rolls with sesame seeds
Emma Clarke says
I love ciabatta
June Lord says
Soya and Linseed.
David Rowlinson says
Martina Pichova says
Fran Light says
I love soda bread … especially my Mum’s homemade soda bread; it’s the best!
Angela Webster says
Sun-dries Tomato & Black Olive Focaccia
melanie crumpton says
Soda bread,,, love it
helena haddock says
Ciabatta bread everytime
Any freshly baked bread
Joanne Cross says
A lovely sourdough with that wonderful chewy crust…mmm
kim mayhead says
Pumpkin seed bread
Greig spencer says
NAAN BREAD FOR ME LOL
DENISE CROSS says
I love sesame seed buns
Allan Buck says
Our old one has lost its non-stickyness, but it was great for making all sorts of flovoured breads. Could do with another.
Don Ramsay says
Naan (for my Nan!)
My favorite bread is Portuguese Sweet Bread.
Paul Ellams says
Isabelle Smith says
i love tiger bread!
shelagh milne says
Soda bread my aunt used to send us boxes of it.
I love poppy seed bread x
vicky haddock says
Cheese topped barmcakes
Hazel rush says
My mums whole meal bread! Yum!
Phil Darling says
Olive bread in Italy – Mammamia its was good
Laura Pritchard says
Sounds tame but the fresh crunchy white rolls at Co-op are amazing!
Karen Barrett says
mrs s pearce says
fruit loaf is just lush!!x x x
Laura Carroll says
A really soft garlic bread with lots of garlic butter 🙂
Elaine Kidd says
Does Banana bread count?
deborah davies says
i love a nice fresh fruit loaf toasted with real butter on it. yummy!!
Rudy Roversi says
I love home made bread
Maya Russell says
My husband makes superb wholemeal bread with ground nuts and different oils. Best I’ve tasted.
steve holman says
Ami Pilbrow says
I love good old tiger bread. It’s simple and scrummy.
Paula Phillips says
Fresh baked white bread with a soft crust.
Andrew Halliwell says
Hmmm, fresh bread… Not had that in yonks…
challah bread.. delish
Catherine Miller says
Cheese and Onion Bread
Oats and honey bread, it’s amazing!
Kathleen Connolly says
My favourite bread is Garlic Bread
definitely garlic bread
Jane Morrice says
My favourite bread is anything with seeds in it.
I love french bread
phyllis ellett says
Just love Pumpernickel bread
Lisa Wilkinson says
I love bread with poppy seeds – delicious!
Michelle Williams says
Italian herb bread is the tastiest
Leigh Larkin says
Turkish Bread – made in front of us in open ovens in Turkey. Hmmm!
Kirsty O'Neill says
Olive and sundried tomato
amanda egglestone says
I love bread baked with sunblushed tomatoes and cheddar cheese
Sarah Fox says
My favourite bread ever is Sourdough. I love any kind but i especially like the one made from a sourdough starter which lives in my fridge.
Jane Oholleran says
DOOR STOP BREAD!
Sue Lempkowski says
Gillian Holmes says
Oats and honey bread, yummy!
Lindsey Jones says
banana bread x
Rebecca John says
Has to be Mediterranean bread with basil and sundried tomatoes
tony houghton says
fresh white bread will do
Joanna Sawka says
I love bread with sunflower seeds.
Anthea Holloway says
I love a fresh French baton with sesame seeds on it
Kerrie Vella says
Sheri Darby says
I can never resist a baguette
Donna Baxter says
I love any type of bread, especially when it’s freshly baked and still warm with the butter melting as you spread it!! mmmmmm
sundried tomato and parmesan. GORGEOUS!
Karen Railton says
Suzanne sendell says
Low GI bread,soft seeded bread that releases energy slowly mmmmmm
helen rosbotham says
Starbucksluxury fruit bread its my Friday morning treat!!!
A pumpkin & maple bread topped with pumpkin seeds… would love to try & recreate it.
Nancy Bradford says
Warm sourdough bread for breakfast.
Janine Atkin says
i love german bread. dont know exactly what it called, they have different loaves like we do but its all delicious
cathy james says
Michelle Bosomworth says
Fresh baked white bread with a soft crust yum
Deborah Bird says
I love bread with poppy seeds on x
Angie Hoggett says
cheddar and caramelised onion crusty cob
Brogaen Maynard says
Cheesy Tiger bread. NOM NOM NOM
shirley giles says
Rebecca Denyer says
I would love a Breadmaker, the smell of baking bread is one of my favourite smells
Jackie ONeill says
Irish soda bread
Karen Lowe says
Homemade bread is the best-all types!!
Linda Gerrard says
Crunchy crust,soft centered fresh white bread.
Carolina J. says
I like brown, whograin bread with seeds.
Katherine Coldicott says
Walnut bread is my favourite. Love the nutty flavour.
Leonie Sanford says
Sue Smyth says
Tiger Bread! lovely!!
Herbert Appleby says
I’m an old school’er and will always stick to fresh granary.
Paul Witney says
Sally Willcock says
Home baked wholemeal – preferably soft top!
Stuart Osborne says
Ann Calland says
Fresh White for me.
Boo Roo and Tigger Too says
My high school used to sell wholemeal rolls that were baked onsite, they were lovely, still warm from the oven
Ness Gorton says
I love cheese & onion rolls
Serena La Pietra says
cinnamon, i still love it the most today.
sue willshee says
I have to have gluten free bread and to be honest the shop made GF bread is all pretty rubbish 🙁 But I make a loaf from a mix called ‘Helen’s brilliant bread mix’ and it’s lovely. @piperanddaisy
Natalie Holland says
I absolutely love and adore – sourdough! I rememer the first time I ever tasted it, just delicious 😀
Kim Willing says
Tiger Bread. Grrrr!
Tiger Bread from Asda!
Ian Campbell says
Ciabatta, absolutely amazing taste!
Michael Ramchatiar says
I love home made bread.
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Sarah Cooper says
Cheese and onion tiger loaf.
Cheese and onion bread xxx