A Lighter Way to Bake by Lorraine Pascale:
Cookbook Review and Giveaway
As all my readers know, I am on a diet and I am constantly looking out for ways to save calories and eat lighter. So, when I was sent a review copy of Lorraine Pascale’s latest book, A Lighter Way to Bake I was looking forward to seeing how Lorraine would lighten some of my favourite bakes and cakes. There are 100 “lighter” recipes in the book and the book is divided into the following chapters:
Breakfast and Brunch
Puddings and Desserts
Cookies and Traybakes
Special Occasions and Entertaining
Pastry and Basics
Each recipe has the all essential nutritional information for both “fatty” recipes and Lorraine’s “skinny” recipes, which is very handy. I was also very pleased to see lots of savoury recipes as well as sweet ones, as I am a savoury lover. I was particularly delighted to see a recipe for Macaroni Cheese and Cauliflower Cheese as well as recipes for savoury pies, tarts and lasagne. The recipes that stood out for me and that are on my “must make soon” list are:
Spring Onion, Thyme and Sage Rolls (Bread)
Lovely, Lighter Herbed Lasagne with Courgette Pasta (Savoury Bakes)
Crème Fraîche Potato Dauphinoise with Thyme and Sage (Savoury Bakes)
Skinnier Mac and Cheese with Thyme (Savoury Bakes)
Butternut Squash, Basil and Onion Quiche (Savoury Bakes)
Tarte au Citron (Puddings and Desserts)
Chocolate Chocolate Torte (Puddings and Desserts)
Oatmeal and Ginger Cookies (Cookies and Traybakes)
Cardamom and Ginger Shortbread (Cookies and Traybakes)
Wild Mushroom Tart with Sherry and Onions (Special Occasions and Entertaining)
Gruyère and Thyme Soufflé (Special Occasions and Entertaining)
Most recipes have an accompanying image and all of the recipes have a rather nice and personal introduction by Lorraine. The introduction is also extremely helpful, with notes and tips on ingredients, as well as how Lorraine managed to lighten her recipes without compromising taste, and with the help of dietitians and nutritionists. I also like the fact that that calories are given per slice, so it makes it easy if you are on a diet.
I am giving this book a 4.5 out of 5 for content, nutritional information, imagery and the rather nice mix of sweet and savoury recipes and I would recommend this to anyone who loves to cook and bakes, but is watching their sugar and fat intake, or dieting. Some of the recipes don’t not much of calorific saving, but any saving at all must be to good and every few calories saved here and there adds to the daily and weekly total!
Overall, it is a lovely book with some tasty looking recipes and a nice mixture of sweet and savoury, as well as classic cakes and bakes, and family supper dishes too. I am looking forward to baking several recipes soon, and will report back with my results.
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