The Holiday Kosher Baker Review & Giveaway

The Holiday Kosher Baker Review & Giveaway

Anyone who reads my blog knows I’m not the biggest baker (understatement) so I was a little intimidated going in to this book of heavenly pastries. The Holiday Kosher Baker is written by Paula Shoyer, a graduate of the esteemed Ritz Escoffier pastry program in Paris. Shoyer is a regular contributor to countless kosher websites, and has appeared on The Food Network’s Sweet Genius. She is the author of “The Kosher Baker: 160 Dairy Free Desserts from Traditional to Trendy.”

The Holiday Kosher Baker begins with a kosher baking encyclopedia – literally everything you need to know about baking equipment, tips, techniques and tools. It continues with recipes categorized by the Jewish holiday, including, Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Passover and Shavuot. Most of the recipes are accompanied by a beautiful picture, as well as detailed instructions even a novice can understand. And of course, you’ll be sure to find invaluable baking tips along the way.

There’s something for everyone in The Holiday Kosher Baker. Easy one bowl recipes for non-bakers like me, and fancier multiple-step recipes for those who like to patchke in the baking department. There’s also low sugar, vegan, gluten-free and nut-free recipes for those on a special diet. The book is truly a holiday baking manifesto, complete with over 45 Passover recipes as well as traditional and contemporary holiday desserts.

Some of the mouthwatering recipes I look forward to trying include babka bites, honey cake biscotti, pecan sticky buns with butterscotch whisky glaze, sticky toffee pudding, everything rugelach, gingerbread cookies (recipe below), red velvet hamantaschen, root beer chocolate truffles and chocolate mille-crepes cake. I also have my heart set on some of Paula’s fantastic Passover recipes including carrot cake, rosemary nut brittle, florentine bars and moscato granita.

Paula’s exceptional baking skills are clearly evident in this book, as are the years of hard work she put into it. While the graphics and photos are nice, I’m a little puzzled by the layout. Instead of having one recipe per page, one recipe leads into another, making the text appear overwhelming.

Busy In Brooklyn is giving away a copy of  The Holiday Kosher Baker! To enter the giveaway, follow one, or all, of my media channels below. You will receive one entry per media channel that you follow. Leave a comment below letting me know where you have followed me.

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Winner will be chosen at random at 12:00 PM EST on November 18th, 2013.

98 thoughts on “The Holiday Kosher Baker Review & Giveaway

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  2. LOVE your blog and use so many of the fabulous recipes you post!

    Would love to win this cookbook…I follow you on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest

    Hope I win :) :)

  3. Pick me! I’m always looking for new recipes whether its baking or cooking. I love the diversity of recipes featured in the book as well; from gluten free to vegan to nut free. And of course I am following you on Facebook, Instagram and soon to be Pinterest. Thanks for this terrific opportunity.

  4. Hi Chanie!
    Love all your recipes that I’ve tried! I’m following you on FB, intsagram and pinterest. Mazel tov on the baby and all the best!

  5. I just made the gingerbread cookies. I used oil instead of marge and gf flour (& i added 1/2 tsp xanthum gum and1/2 tsp baking powder). My kids rolled and cut the shapes. They came out perfectly!
    oh and i follow you on Facebook

  6. Love your blog! Always good recipes!
    This cakebook looks amazing! I too cannot bake for the life of me! But my son just got married BH and his kallah would love this book! Even just for the pix!
    I will friend u on Facebook! And check u out on pinterest!
    Good luck to u!
    Thanku for the upbeat and always interesting articles!

  7. I enjoy your blog and other ‘media venues’ very much. It is almost too hard to decide which I enjoy the most, the pictures, the recipes or the stories. I am not a great baker, but may be with this book, I will improve?

    I followed you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

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