With recipes organized by technique and step-by-step instruction, Fearless Baking is the antidote to years of crumbly cookies, tasteless tarts, and burnt biscuits. If you're a first-time baker, you'll be amazed at the ease and speed with which you can turn out the same kinds of quality homemade treats you've envied in others' homes. If you're an experienced baker, you'll find focused instructions on each aspect of baking, and original fail-safe recipes that can broaden your repertoire. Introductory chapters detail the basic ingredients used throughout the book, along with the appropriate pans and utensils. Each recipe begins with a helpful ""Baking Answers"" section to anticipate questions or problems and explain the baking ideas or techniques that the recipe introduces or emphasizes. In addition, the directions not only include tips for visual measurement but also often provide descriptive instructions for recognizing when a batter is properly mixed or an item is done. Each chapter builds on skills and techniques that have been previously explained. Beginning with the simplest recipe (for Perfectly Easy Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Blondies) in ""Just Stir and Bake,"" you progress to Glazed Fresh Raspberry Pie in ""No-Roll Crusts with Simple Fillings,"" Butter Shortbread Cut-outs in ""Mixing a Smooth Dough,"" and Deep South Pound Cake in ""Mixing a Smooth Batter."" Now go on to Cranberry Eggnog Cake with Bourbon Butter Frosting in ""Putting the Frosting with the Cake,"" Apple and Hazelnut Macaroon Tart in ""Rolled Crusts for Pies and Tarts,"" Orange Meringue Ice Cream Cake in ""Whipping Eggs for Cakes and Meringues,"" and Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting in ""Baking with Chocolate."" Finally, wow family and friends with Aunt Elaine's Mocha Whipped Cream Shadow Cake from ""Whipping Cream for Cakes, Pies, and Pastries,"" and the Pumpkin Pecan Praline Cheesecake from ""Melting Sugar for Caramel and Praline."" This surefire guide to turning out delicious home-made treats should be on every baker's bookshelf.

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