REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – Beach House Baking Cookbook

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Beach House Baking cookbook

Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts

  • Author: Lei Shishak
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628737689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628737684
  • Cover price $24.95

Whether you’re spending this summer on the beach or just wishing you were, pastry chef Lei Shishak’s Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts (Skyhorse Publishing, May 2014) will make the season even sweeter. In this gorgeous recipe book, she shares the most popular recipes from her celebrated Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente, California. Let her tropical tea transport you to the Caribbean, her s’mores cupcakes to an oceanfront campfire, and her sweet and salty beach bod brittle to picturesque New England shores!

You too can live the sand and surf lifestyle while indulging in over one hundred recipes, including morning treats, cupcakes, crisps, cookies, pies, ice cream sandwiches, frozen pops, beverages, and more! Whether you’re soaking up the rays or not, don’t miss the opportunity to sample these simple, summer-ready recipes.

Lei Shishak is an established pastry chef who trained at the CIA in New York and has worked at restaurants in Sun Valley and Los Angeles. Her formative years were spent working as Michael Mina’s pastry chef at the Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California. She has been featured in People, Riviera Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Coast, the Los Angeles Daily News, Fine Living, and many more media outlets. She resides in Dana Point, California.

Chapters in this cookbook include:

  • Tools
  • Ingredients
  • Morning Treats
  • Beachy Beverages
  • Cupcakes
  • Happy Hour Cupcakes
  • Cookies and Brownies
  • Hand-Crafted Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Frozen Pops
  • Pies, Crisps, a Cobbler and a Cheesecake
  • Classics

The beginning of the book discusses what got the author interested in baking and the beach lifestyle. There is lots of helpful information on the equipment and tools needed, as well as commonly used ingredients. Then come the recipes.

Each chapter contains an index of the recipes within it, as well as a brief introduction to that type of recipe. The recipes are all easy to understand, and call for ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen or can pick up at your grocery store. The author has included a paragraph or so with each recipe containing some information on the dish, the area or the recipe itself, as well as some suggestions for prep and serving. Each and every recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous color photo. How I love food photos! Not just when browsing and reading, but especially in a cookbook since they are usually what garners my attention when I’m looking for a new recipe to try. The only exceptions I saw were the crusts, in which section there was an extensive step-by-step photo tutorial. The only suggestion I have for this cookbook to make it perfect is to add in prep and cooking time in a future edition, since that is what I primarily use to determine if I am going to make a new recipe or not.

There are lots of recipes in this cookbook that I’m looking forward to trying, such as Cranberry Oat Scones, Red Velvet Riviera cupcakes, Light as a Kite Lemon Meringue cupcakes, Pina Colada Highway cupcakes, Boardwalk Butter Cookies, Panko cookies, Gluten-free Chocolate Chip cookies, Madeleines, Waimea Bay ice cream sandwiches, Caramelized Banana Fudgsicle, Berry Burst Pie, Beach House Seashore Cobbler and Caramel Apple Skillet Cake.

This cookbook would be perfect for anyone that enjoys baking, as well as those that enjoy sweet treats. It would also be a great fit for people who enjoy anecdotes about food and locations around the world.


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What’s your favorite thing to eat while at the beach? Please leave a comment, I’d really like to know!

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bonnie massicotte June 9, 2014 - 12:49 pm

I go more for the quick and easy to tote items, snacks type I guess

Melanie Dauterive June 9, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Seafood, of course!

Rhonda June 9, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Watermelon Ivey refreshing,

Shana Elliott June 9, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Fresh fruit 🙂

patricia Marsden June 10, 2014 - 9:37 am

Morning treats like those we enjoyed at Hofsas in Carmel–the ham coissants and the almond danish were unbelieveable.

Danielle Royalegacy June 10, 2014 - 5:25 pm

We love to breakfast at the beach. We have sausage eggs and sweet rolls at a beach BBQ.

shelly leatham June 11, 2014 - 3:36 am

I just like to grab a sandwich or salad while at the beach!

debbie June 11, 2014 - 7:22 am

I like to eat ice cream.

Kathy Lane June 11, 2014 - 9:28 am

Easy to carry snacks like fresh fruit and crackers and cheese.

Marci June 14, 2014 - 9:58 am

We always have some kind of fruit, but mostly it’s grapes!

Gret June 14, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Coconut and coconut milk

Linda Henderson June 15, 2014 - 10:58 am

I like to eat sandwiches, usually pimento cheese while at the beach.


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