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Taste of Home Ultimate Baking Cookbook

Edited by Taste of Home

Now more than ever, home cooks are flexing their baking muscle by preparing from-scratch breads, golden biscuits, wow-worthy cakes, snackable cookies and other sensational sweets. Whether you’re a novice baker or a pro, this book has all the recipes, hints, tips and tricks you need to bake up an impressive specialty.


With Taste of Home Ultimate Baking, you’ll uncover the secrets today’s home bakers rely on most. Want to bake an apple pie like Grandma? Follow the how-to photos for the perfect result. Wondering how to make bakery-worthy doughnuts? See the step-by-step directions for sweet success. Entire chapters walk you through the basics of yeast and quick breads, cheesecakes, cream puffs, bagels, brownies, cobblers, cookies and so many other favorites!  



Baking 101 (Everything you need to know before you begin)

Yeast Breads

  • Loaf Breads
  • Egg Breads: Brioche & Challah
  • Foccacia & Ciabatta
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Sweet Breads & Breakfast Rolls
  • Sourdough Breads
  • Pizza Crusts


Quick Breads
  • Quick Breads
  • Muffins
  • Soda Bread
  • Scones
  • Biscuits
  • Corn Bread


  • Drop
  • Bar
  • Cutout
  • Sliced/Icebox
  • Shaped/molded
  • Biscotti


Brownies & Bars


Pies & Tarts
  • Pie crusts
  • Pies (fruit, custard, sugar, nut)
  • Tarts
  • Galettes


Cobblers, Crisps & Crumbles


Cheesecakes & Custards
  • Layer Cakes
  • Sheet Cakes
  • Bundt Cakes/Pound cakes
  • Upside-Down Cakes & Skillet cakes
  • Chiffon          
  • Cupcakes
  • Coffee Cakes

Doughnuts & Pastries

Icings, Glazes, Sauces & More

Baking Reference Guide
  • Cake-Pan Conversions
  • Substitutions


Classic Carrot Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Mom’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Peanut-Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread

Cheesecake Squares

Key Lime Cheesecake

Monster Cookies

Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

Ginger Bites

Caramel Brownies

Banana Split Bars

Pecan Pie Scones

Cape Cod Blueberry Pie

Brandied Apricot Tart

Blueberry Crisp

Apple Brown Betty

Chocolate Eclairs

Peach Cream Puffs