BAKE HAPPY, a new cookbook from Judith Fertig

BAKE HAPPY, 100 Playful Deserts with Rainbow Layers, Hidden Fillings, Billowy Frosting's, and more, that's the title of a brand new cookbook from Judith Fertig.

Read that again, bake happy. Baking should be a happy time, I'm not sure about the clean up part, glad I have a dish washing machine.

Baking is like a meal, it brings the family together, friends for coffee, parties, and special occasions. It's the highlight of holiday time and can bring comfort to souls that are weary. Last time we checked into a hotel there was a basket of chocolate chip cookies on the counter. Yum and Thanks.

My mother was a Home Economics teacher and she cooked and baked all the time. She made chocolate chip cookies on occasion. Not for a special occasion, maybe just to warm up the house with that amazing cookie aroma. There's nothing like coming home from school to that happiness.  She would fill up the apple shaped cookie jar on the counter so full that the lid barely fit on snug. My sister, brother and I wasted no time "stealing cookies from the cookie jar".


On page 102 of BAKE HAPPY, there is a recipe for Chocolate Chunk Cookies I plan on making this weekend. The recipe seems familiar to me as the one my Mother taught me to make, but this one calls for finely chopped walnuts and a mix of semi and bitter sweet chocolate chips. Sounds perfectly yummy.

Tip from the book: make the dough ahead of time, place cookie dough on baking sheet as you would for the oven, but freeze the uncooked dough right on the baking sheet. Take it out of the freezer when needed. Cooking time is a bit longer.

BAKE HAPPY is a happy book, what I mean is it's pages are colored at the top so when you look at the side of the book it reminds me of something from my childhood like those rainbow candy sticks found at rest stops or general stores.

The book reads like a comforting cookbook, imagining the delightful aroma of baking treats, the warmth of the oven, and the anticipation of taking the baked good out of the oven.  I fancy the aroma of cinnamon, or blueberry muffins baking. Well, wait, maybe something chocolate or a fruit tart.  Who can decide?

BAKE HAPPY offers 100 recipes to find your happy:
cupcakes
cookies
bars
brownies
tarts
turnovers
cakes
icing
syrups
fruit toppings
and even how to make your own sprinkles for ice cream, cupcakes and more.

There are over 30 pages of happy and cheerful photos along with inspiration to bake happy. Recipes with reflection, stories, and whimsy.

Judith Fertig is a prolific cookbook author who has studies at the Cordon Bleu in London and La Varenne Ecole De Cuisine in Paris. Visit her at judithfertig.com for many other cookbooks she has written.

BAKE HAPPY, 100 Playful Deserts with Rainbow Layers, Hidden Fillings, Billowy Frosting's, and more is available June 2015 from Running Press. It's a hardcover  book and is  $27.50 US. Visit offthemenublog.com too!



Disclosure: I received a copy of Bake Happy for this post. The comment, views, and taste buds are my own.