Author(s): Claire Ptak
A design-forward cookbook for sweet and savory baked goods from London's popular Violet Bakery that focuses on quality ingredients, seasonality, and taste (as opposed to science) as the keys to creating satisfying, delightful homemade pastries, tarts, sweets, and more.
Violet is a jewel box of a cake shop and café in Hackney, east London. The baking is done with simple ingredients including whole grain flours, less refined sugars, and the natural sweetness and nuanced hues of seasonal fruits. Everything is made in an open kitchen for people to see. Famed for its exquisite baked goods, Violet has become a destination.
Owner Claire Ptak uses her Californian sensibility to create recipes that are both nourishing and indulgent. With a careful eye to taste and using the purest ingredients, she has created the most flavorful iterations of classic cakes, as well as new treats for modern palates. Over 100 recipes include nourishing breakfasts, midday snacks, desserts to share, fruit preserves, and stylish celebration cakes.
This book is about making baking worth it: simple to cook and satisfying to eat.
There’s a recipe for chocolate chip cookies in here that alone is worth the price of purchase. I made the mistake of baking them for my partner and now he keeps slipping Cadbury baking chips in with our groceries. In all seriousness, this is a fantastic book. For a novice baker like me, even the most complex recipes were laid out and explained simply – and the results are mouth-watering. Definitely a lockdown favourite! –Steph, The Book Grocer
CLAIRE PTAK, a California Native, worked as a pastry chef for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse before moving to London. She staged in restaurants including Moro and St. John before starting Violet, her cake stall on Broadway Market. Claire opened the Violet bakery in 2010. Claire is also a food writer and stylist whose work includes Ottolenghi's Guardian column, as well as writing for Observer Food Monthly, Jamie Magazine, Kinfolk, and Vogue. She has written three cookbooks.