Home Baking


Bestselling author and TV chef Rachel Allen presents the definitive baking guide.

Rachel’s recipes always work. Her legions of fans know that they are in safe hands with her. And nowhere is it more important than with baking. Here, in this gorgeous new book, she combines simple yet brilliant techniques with delicious flavours.

With over 140 easy-to-follow recipes, Home Baking caters to your every baking need or whim. Whether you’re after something traditional like the perfect Birthday Cake, the crispest Brandy Snaps or the crumbliest Cheese Swirls, Rachel has a fail-safe recipe. Or perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more unusual, in which case you’ll find undiscovered gems such Pashtida with Aubergine, Feta and Mint (an Israeli quiche), Cardamom Butter Biscuits and a Tarte de Saint Tropez. Rachel’s recipes range from the super simple (Ginger Squares) to the slightly more complex, including a show-stopping Celebration Cake. Whatever you’re after, there will be no deflated soufflés or dry sponges in sight.

Home Baking’s chapters range from Biscuits, Cakes and Sweet Bites to Savoury Bakes, Breads and Desserts. Every recipe includes Rachel’s friendly and expert tuition, with clear instructions to ensure that you achieve the perfect bake; however comfortable you are in the kitchen.

Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and left home at eighteen to study at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School. She’s a busy TV Cook, author, columnist, and teacher at Ballymaloe. She is the author of six cookery books, including the UK bestseller Favourite Food at HomeRachel’s Food for LivingBake and Home Cooking. Her extremely popular cooking programs have been broadcast on RTE and the BBC in the UK. She is also one of the hosts on UKTV’s Market Kitchen. She lives in County Cork on the organic farm at Ballymaloe with her husband Isaac and their three children.