How Baking Works and Chocolate Orange Cookies

When Beardy Bestie Fran came over for our marathon baking weekend, she zeroed in on this cookbook from James Morton, How Baking Works.  We’re both big Great British Bake Off fans and James was definitely a popular contestant – his sweet, easygoing nature while producing delicious bakes definitely won us over.  Having met him at a baking event, I can confirm that he is lovely to fans in person, as well.  Having loved his first book, Brilliant Bread (the go-to in our house for bagels), I was excited to see this follow up book.  I was excited, Beardy Bestie Fran was thrilled.

I would definitely count this as a technical baking book – so of use both to new bakers as well as those who just want to perceptibly tweak their baking to be a bit better.  The book is structured a bit differently from most cookbooks.  For example, the biscuit chapter contains detailed, step by step instructions to making basic shortbread biscuits (along with photos), a list of substitutions, and then the chapter is all built around that basic recipe.  showing you how to use the technique as a building block for recipes.

I would really recommend this cookbook for anyone who wants to improve the quality of their bakes – definitely worthy of a technical bake win for James.

Chocolate Orange Cookies (from How Baking Works)


150g salted butter, softened

160g caster sugar

Zest of 1 large orange

1 large egg

1 teaspoon orange blossom water

225g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

200g dark chocolate chips (I used a combination of regular and mini) IngredientsCream together the sugar, butter and orange zest.

Cream together the sugar, butter and orange zestMix in egg and orange blossom water.

Mix in egg and orange blossom waterSift in dry ingredients.

Sift in dry ingredientsMix in chocolate chips.

Mix in dark chocolate chipsPlace scoops of cookie dough on greased baking sheets.

Grease a cookie sheet and scoop cookie dough onto itBake at 180C for about 15 minutes – the edges should be golden brown and when you touch the cookies, the top should spring back.  Allow to cool.  The cookies have such a deep, lovely orange flavour.

Chocolate Orange CookiesI received a copy of How Baking Works to review, but all opinions are my own.  This post has affiliate links, so if you decide to buy a copy, help finance my cookbook addiction!


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