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The Complete Home Baking Collection

A stunning new cookbook that contains the very best baking recipes from Alison and Simon Holst.
Baking is having a massive resurgence in popularity recently, the number of specialty shops and television programmes devoted to it are testament to that. However, for many, producing your own baked goods can still seem a little intimidating but, the truth of the matter is, baking needn’t be intimidating.
The Holsts have always enjoyed baking (both as cooks and consumers!) and most of the regular bakers will have a Holst recipe in their repertoire. Some of the recipes in this collection have been made and enjoyed by four generations of the Holsts, while others are more recent favourites.
The Complete Home Baking Collection contains over 250 recipes and regardless of whether new to baking or a ‘well-seasoned’ old hand, this book will become a favourite





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Unleash your inner baker with over 250 ‘tried and true’ baking recipes at your fingertips! These delicious recipes are easy to prepare, with step by step instructions and will never let you down…….

  • Family cakes
  • Small cakes such as Lamingtons, Chocolate éclairs, Ginger kisses, Butterfly cakes
  • Cheesecakes
  • Café specialties
  • Biscotti and festive treats
  • Yummy shortbread
  • Delicious biscuits from custard kisses to Hokey pokey biscuits
  • Quick & easy slices
  • Marvellous muffins, from fresh fruit to savoury
  • Friands
  • Peanut brownies
  • Old favourites like scones, picklets and gingerbread
  • Quick & easy “no knead” breads
  • Bagels
  • Hot cross buns and so much more!




Felicity Smith
Rachael McArthur-Andrew


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One comment

  1. Rachael McArthur-Andrew

    I got given a copy of the complete home baking collection to review. i was pretty excited to give the recipes a go.
    The book itself is beautiful! the font is great, easy to read, and the pictures are drool worthy. i do wish all of the recipes had pictures as i like to see what the baked item is suppose to look like when its finished, but most of the recipes did have them so i was pretty happy with that.
    The recipes are easy to follow, with all recipe ingredients to the left and the instructions to the right, I really liked that underneath the title of each recipe there was a little blurb about the recipes, these are hints and tips, advice about baking in general and stories about how the recipe came about.
    A few of the recipes looked pretty complicated, but they aren’t.
    So far i have made 7 of recipes: Mix-in-a-minute Dark Chocolate Cake
    Double Chocolate Surprise Muffins
    Chocolate Chippies
    Hokey Pokey Biscuits
    Crunchy Lemon Muffins
    Fudge Brownies
    Lemon Squares

    For me the Double Chocolate Surprise Muffins and the Hokey Pokey Biscuits just didn’t come out, im not sure if its the fact ive
    never made them before or having a new oven, which i haven’t used for baking much. they were not good (honestly i think it was just me who stuffed them up)
    The Chocolate Chippies were so easy! and they tasted pretty good too!
    The Mix-in-a-minute Dark Chocolate Cake was good but very dense.
    The Crunchy Lemon Muffins and Fudge Brownies, were great, but my absolute favorite recipe so far is the Lemon Squares.
    The recipe was one that looked complicated, but it really wasn’t, and holy moly it was amazing!

    I’m really excited to try test more of the recipes and would recommended it to anyone who loves trying new recipes out
    they are worth a go.
    *some photos in comments

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