Violet is a bijou cake shop and cafe in Hackney, east London. The baking is done with simple ingredients including wholegrain flours, less refined sugars and the natural sweetness and muted colours of seasonal fruits. Everything is made in an open kitchen for people to see. Famed for its exquisite baked goods, Violet has become a destination.
Owner Claire Ptak uses her Californian sensibility to devise recipes that are both nourishing and indulgent. With real thought about taste and using the purest ingredients, she has created the most flavoursome iterations of classic cakes, as well as new treats for modern palates. Over 100 recipes include nourishing breakfasts, midday snacks, teatime treats, puddings to share, pantry preserves, and stylish celebration cakes.
- Buckwheat Granola or Cinnamon Buns
- Squash, Brown Butter and Sage Quiche or Mozzarella
- Rosemary and New Potato Tarts
- Butterscotch Blondie or Ginger Molasses Cake
- Cherry Cobbler or Fig Leaf Ice-cream
- Loganberry-vanilla Birthday Cake or Coconut-cream Trifle Cake
This book is about making baking worth it!
About the Author
A California native, Claire Ptak worked as a pastry chef for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley before moving to London in 2005. She staged in restaurants including Moro and St. John before starting Violet, her stall on Broadway Market in east London. Claire opened the Violet Bakery in 2010. Jamie Oliver said Claire is 'his favourite cake maker in the whole world'. Claire is also a food writer and stylist whose work includes Ottolenghi's weekly Guardian column, Observer Food Monthly, Jamie Magazine, Kinfolk, and Vogue. She has published three cookbooks, The Home-Made Sweet Shop, The Whoopie Pie Book and Leon: Baking & Puddings.
"Timeless elegance with a modern approach to flavours ... This book is a timeless classic in the offing" -- Dale Berning Sawa * Guardian *
"Claire is one of my all-time favourite cake-makers, and all her baking is seasonal, beautiful, achievable, real and of course, totally delicious" * Jamie Oliver *
"There is a little something for anyone with a sweet tooth" -- Violet Henderson * Vogue *
"[Ptak's] recipes are thoroughly modern and celebrate simplicity, seasonality and great taste... This book deserved to have its pages smudged with butter and dusted with flour" -- Roopa Gulati, 5 stars * Time Out *
"An inspirational new baking book" * Nigel Slater *
"A treasure trove of recipes" * Waitrose Kitchen *
"The book presents the food with beguiling honesty, in beautiful photos by Kristin Perers, and the recipes turn out true to the pictures." -- Cliodhna Prendergast * Sunday Times *
"This is a lip-smacking collection of classic cakes and new interpretations for the discerning modern home baker" * Crumbs *
"With sweets that are both nutritious and indulgent, the cookbook infused with California cool is sure to be a crowd pleaser" -- Reenat Sinay * Evening Standard *
"Full of imaginative flavor combinations" * Stylist *
"Our new favourite baking tome" * Hello! Fashion Monthly *
"You could call it cakes for hipsters, except that it's so uncompromising in ingredients, so lavish with the good stuff and so keen on making the taste worth the calories, it stands out from the rest" -- Melanie McDonagh * Evening Standard *
"British baking with an American twist" -- Holly Cole * Fine Dining Lovers *
"Wholesome and indulgent - these are recipes you'll want to make again and again" * So Darling *
"Wholesome to cook and satisfying to eat, with cakes that both taste great and feel good - this is a cookbook for today's baker" * Mummy Pages *