• A revision and reconstruction of the classic Cake Stall •
• Recipes that will please families of all ages •
• A brilliant compendium of the best of British cakes and biscuits •
earliest version of this book (which was the cookery writer Geraldene Holt’s
first work) was the result of years of baking for the WI stall in a nearby
Devon market town. People soon recognised that here was a talent for writing
books that helped in the kitchen and that here was a great collection of
recipes that scored bullseye after bullseye.
Most people’s copies of this have started to
fall apart after thirty years of baking. A new edition that took into account
some changes in taste and some improvements in technique seemed to be called
for. Prospect is honoured to have the chance to publish this reworking, not
least because all my children have been brought up on its teatime treats.
This is not a picture-book with recipes,
although there are some textual embellishments. Cakes don’t really need
pictures, they need reliable instructions. These are here in spades: from tray
bakes to fruit cakes, to sponges and biscuits, teacakes to scones, little
morsels for a mouthful to great big Christmas specials.
There has been a plethora of baking books of
late, but this should not detract from the success of this most reliable and
intelligent of manuals. It is not too large, it is not too small. The recipes
are laid out clearly and fall conveniently to the page (a more important matter
than most people think).
Holt has become one of Britain’s best-loved cookery writers. Her books have
been especially strong in the fields of baking and of herbs and gardening –
drawing on her experiences at her house in southern France as well as in middle
England. Before she began writing, she was a potter.