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Cookbook Review of the Month - May 2008

This month's selection is Favorite Brand Name  Baking.  It is a wonderful collection of your favorite treats from the publishers of Favorite Brand Name Recipes.  You can find their wonderful cookbook booklets at checkout counters in all your favorite supermarkets.  This collection is filled with some many wonderful recipes to entice your sweet tooth.  Every single page is a recipe that you will want to try.  Most recipes are accompanied by pictures that will make your mouth water.  The recipes are put together from common everyday ingredients that most of us have in our pantry.



  • Introduction
  • Coffee Time Breads
  • Savory Bread
  • Busy-Day Cookies
  • Cookie Bar Magic
  • Chocolate Indulgences
  • Simple and Sinful Cheesecakes
  • Simply Delicious Pies
  • Easiest-Ever Cakes
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Especially for Kids
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index

This book was put together from several recipes from many of the major food companies such as Bird's Eye, DOle FOod Company, Duncan Hines, Oreo Chocolate Snadwich Cookies, The Proctor and Gamble Company, etc. This is basic an compiltion of many of the recipes included in their supermarket mini cookbooks.  The book is full of wonderful and easy recipes, most recipes could be handled by even the most novice baker. The book contains over 300 recipes for you to try.  The book also has a basic guide for baking basics, measuring, common weights and measures, great substitutions, how much of this= that.  This cookbook will be a welcome addition to your collection.


Sample Recipe from the book: Chinese Flatbreads

I choose this recipe because  even though all the other recipes in the book were so tempting, I figured that with summer coming and easy entertaining methods what mostpeople would choose to do, these crackers looked like a fast and easy way to accompany dips, cheese and cracker platters, fast and easy salad lunches (tuna or chicken salad).  They also looked very tempting.  To try all the other delicious sweet desserts, buy the book, you won't be sorry!

Chinese Flatbreads                                                                

Yield 4 servings




  • 2 pound frozen white bread dough, thawed
  • Sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons Lawry's Garlic Salt
  • 2 green onions, thinkly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  1. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough into a rectangle, about 15 x 6 inches.  Brush lightly with sesame oil, Sprinkle with Garlic Salt and green onions.  Strating from the long edge, roll dough up jelly-roll fashion. With a serrated knife, cut dough into one inch slices and flatten each slice slightly by pressing with the heel of hand.  Arrange slices on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Brush tops lightly with sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Cover and let rise in a warm place 30 minutes.  Bake in a 375 degree oven 15 minutes or intil golden.

 Hint: Breads can be baked ahead and frozen.  Rehat 5 minutes in 350 degree oven.

Tip: Serve as an accompaniment to oriental chicken salad or as an appetizer for comopany.



Book Title:

Favorite Brand Name Baking


Favorite Brand Name Recipes

Category: Desserts and Sweets
ISBN: 13-978-1-1427-2602-3
Publisher: Publications International Ltd.
Publisher address:

7373 North Cicero Avenue

Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Website or e-mail of publisher:  
Published: 2002
Edition: First
Description: Hard Cover
Illustrated: no
Photographs: Beautiful Color Photos
Price: $14.00
Reviewed by: Elise Feiner
  April 26 , 2008


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