Bake Happy, by Gail Bussi

Bake Happy, by Gail Bussi. Random House Struik Lifestyle. Cape Town, South Africa 2014. ISBN 9781432301682 / ISBN 978-1-4323-0168-2

Bake Happy, by Gail Bussi. Random House Struik Lifestyle. Cape Town, South Africa 2014. ISBN 9781432301682 / ISBN 978-1-4323-0168-2

Bake Happy represents some of Gail Bussi's most treasured recipes and memories of baking with her mother, or for friends and family in South Africa.

Gail Bussi  

I have two clean memories of things I loved doing when I was a little girl, reading and baking. (Actually, the baking came first, before I even learned to read.) I think most bakers would agree that they started in the kitchen, standing alongside a mom or dad or granny or aunt, watching as he or she stirred, mixed and added all sorts of ingredients to create a wonderful sort of alchemy in the oven. Wherever I was in the house, I was drawn to the kitchen like a magnet when I knew my mom was making a cake, or cookies, or scones. She always left a little of the mixture in the bowl for me to scrape up with a spatula. I used to wonder why cake batter or cookie dough sometimes tastes even better before it's baked. And later; when I was about eight or nine years of age, I was allowed to bake a cake - on my own! - for the very first time. My mom showed quite a lot of faith in me by going out and leaving me to it - only to be greeted by a very sad face when she returned. I couldn't find the vanilla essence, and was convinced that the cake would be a flop without it! Then there was the time I knocked an entire bottle of pink colouring into a bowl of icing - needless to say that was a very colourful cake! As I say elsewhere in this book, the baking I remember (and which I still do most of the time) was not fancy or time consuming. It was the simple, honest taste of plain cakes and cookies and buttery scones. To this day I have no great love for those towering, gungy cakes, filled with cream, that one often sees in bakeries or restaurants. They might look grand, but the taste is often something of a let down. From my early baking beginnings I progressed to experimenting with recipes from all over the world, some from cookbooks, others given to me by friends. That's really one of the things I love most about baking, and cooking in general - the sense that one is part of the greater whole, learning something fresh and delicious with each new recipe one tries. It's the sense of continuity and community that I enjoy. So many of the recipes in this book have a history, and when I make them, I am transported to other places and times. Today there's a big trend towards simpler and less rushed living, which is one I am heartily in favour of, and I think baking can be a big part of that. It's actually difficult to be angry or stressed when one is quietly pottering in the kitchen, rolling out dough or whipping sugar and butter to a light cream. So, apart from having something delicious to eat and share, one is left feeling a lot calmer and more serene. It is my hope that some of the recipes in this book will become your favourites too, and that you will discover simple joy and tranquillity while practising this kitchen art. That, after all, is what it's all about, a celebration of food, family, friends, laughter and love.

Terry's Chocolate-Orange Cab

The combination of chocolate and orange is, for me, one of the most delicious tastes around; when I was little and allowed to choose a bag of pick-and-mix sweets, I always tried to take as many orange creams as I couldl Terry who was a part of my life for several years, also loved this taste treat, so I devised this cake and topping for both of us. Although we have gone in different directions, he remains very special to me, and I will always treasure the time we had together (And he was always so appreciative of everything I baked, even some of the more spectacular flops!) [....]

This is an excerpt from the book: Bake Happy, by Gail Bussi.

Title: Bake Happy
Authors: Gail Bussi
Publisher: Random House Struik
Imprint: Lifestyle
Cape Town, South Africa 2014
ISBN 9781432301682 / ISBN 978-1-4323-0168-2
Hardcover, 21 x 21 cm, 192 pages, many illustrations

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