Anna's newest cookbook 'Back To Baking' consists of 200 recipes and has chapters on cookies, custards, cakes, holiday desserts, dairy-free desserts, egg-free desserts, gluten-free desserts, low-fat/low-sugar desserts, etc..
The book also contains many tips and FAQ's about baking, like how to melt chocolate, why use salt in baking, which cookies can be frozen, how to make a perfect crust, whipping egg basics, etc..
At the farm, Anna spoke about her journey - about her shows on the Food Network, 'Sugar' and 'Fresh', and also about her other books and her time as the pastry chef at The Inn on the Twenty in Jordan. She also explained the process of writing a cookbook; about testing recipes over and over, about the editing process, the photography, etc..
Did you know that she donates the foods that she makes to the local shelter? Yup! The cakes and pies may be missing a slice every now and then (for the pictures) but they're always very appreciative for the sweets that she provides them.
And how does she stay so thin even while doing all of this baking? To avoid eating all of the product she snacks on salty olives or on crackers and hummus.
Anna is a great speaker. She is professional and very personable. You could tell that the audience was just smitten by her. I know that she inspired me to get 'back to baking' again. I think my list of baked goods I was planning on making for Christmas has just grown (again). I really hope that my guests are going to be ready to eat while they're here. Anybody want to come over for a visit over the holidays?
Here's a list of just 'some' of the recipes that I'm hoping to try out (not right away but hopefully in the next little while!).
-Salted Orange Toffee Slices
-Maple Gingerbread Cutout Cookies
-Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars
-Gingerbread Cream Pie
-Pumpkin Cheesecake and Chocolate Tart
-Hazelnut Latte Yule Log
-Honey Spice Rice Pudding
Everything just sounds so delicious - I'd better get 'Back to Baking'!