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Cookbook Review: The Impatient Baker

Updated on December 16, 2007

Do you love delicious home baked treats but feel that you lack the time to bake your own breads and desserts? If so, The Impatient Baker: Simple, Streamlined, and Speedy Recipes for Classic American Baking by Karlene Tillie can be the solution to your dilemma. This book is a great addition to the cookbook collection of anyone looking for a way to fit time for baking tasty treats into busy and hectic schedules.

This great book is full of easy recipe ideas designed specifically to help people who love home baked goodies but who don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen cooking or cleaning. You can mix up most recipes in just a few minutes using only one bowl, so there isn't a big mess to clean up.

In addition to a terrific assortment of 170 different recipes, you'll also find tips for the secrets to baking successfully quickly and easily. The book also includes a listing of ingredient substitutions, which makes it even easier to create delicious, taste tempting treats from ingredients you have on hand in your pantry.

What Will You Learn How to Make?

In The Impatient Baker, you'll find recipes for: snappy cakes; quick cookies; on the spot brownies, bars, and squares; muffins and scones in a jiffy; quick breads and sweet breakfasts; and fast and friendly fruit desserts.

Taste Tempting Recipes Include:

Some of the many great recipes you'll have at your fingertips when you add The Impatient Baker to your collection include:

  • Butterscotch Cookies
  • Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake
  • Orange Glazed Pumpkin-Walnut Bread
  • Pumpkin Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Pineapple Cherry Trifle
  • Strawberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake
  • Super One-Bowl Brownies

Secret or Share? The Choice is Yours!

Your family will be thrilled with all of the great recipes you start making from this book. You don't have to let anyone know how quick and easy your new "secret" recipes really are unless you want to share your resource with them! If you do feel like sharing, The Impatient Baker is a great holiday gift idea for anyone who enjoys cooking and is always looking for shortcuts to great baking.

About the Author

Karlene Tillie lives in the Chicago suburbs and writes a weekly recipe column called, fittingly, "The Impatient Baker". It runs in the Chicago area papers Northwest Herald and Kane County Chronicle every Wednesday. She spent several years in Europe where she attended cooking school and worked as a restaurant reviewer for a national news magazine. While living in Europe, she published two books designed to share the best of American baking with Europeans.


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  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    This really sounds like a great addition to my cook book collection. I'll have to hunt it down.

    Thanks for this great write-up

    regards Zsuzsy

  • Shelly McRae profile image

    Shelly McRae 10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Good review. Makes me hungry for brownies.