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William-Sonoma Recipes... Any Good?

AmandaCA Jun 30, 2010 02:18 AM

I recently discovered the recipes on the WS website. I also tried their yellow cake recipe that came with some cake pans I bought there. The yellow cake recipe was ok. I think it could have been more yellow and next time I plan to try the joyofbaking recipe. I was just wondering if anyone else has had good luck with their online recipes, particularly the baking ones. I guess the pictures look so beautiful it makes me want to try them.

Secondly, on the topic of baking websites, any real winners? I have tried a few off of joyofbaking that were good. I've also seen King Auther links a lot. I don't have a dessert baking book as of yet so I'm working only with the internet.

  1. Perilagu Khan Jun 30, 2010 02:19 PM

    My wife has made a few loaves from the WS bread cookbook with very good results. Of course, some of the credit goes to her because she's a fabulous bread maker.

    1. rcallner Jun 30, 2010 01:15 PM

      I've had very good luck with the savory dishes on the WS site - only made one cake, the Almond Cake, (very Italian in style) and it was luscious. They recently began a ratings and comment feature for their recipes, similar to Epicurious.

      1. Caitlin McGrath Jun 30, 2010 01:12 PM

        Here is a fairly recent thread discussing Williams-Sonoma recipes: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670691

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          DMW Jun 30, 2010 08:41 AM

          Not at all related to baking, but I have made the beef barley soup from the W-S site. It was amazing, and I remember it making a HUGE amount.

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            AmandaCA Jun 30, 2010 01:01 PM

            Hmm, I wonder if they have seperate development teams. As for the yellow cake on a scale of "yuck!" to "a splendiferous tastetacular" I'd give it a "just ok." Honestly I think I expected more.

          2. roxlet Jun 30, 2010 05:23 AM

            I love the King Arthur Flour website recipes, and find them to be pretty foolproof. They also have some off-beat, interesting and creative ideas. I visit the site periodically to see what is new.

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              runwestierun Jun 30, 2010 02:26 PM

              +1. KAF is my go-to baking recipe site. I've made the bleu cheese mini popovers from the WS site, and they were good.

              Anything I've made from pastry studio turned out perfect and delicious. I also love Joe Pastrty. I look to him for food chemistry explainations.

              And when I'm really stuck I watch the videos at eGullet. That place is a national treasure.

              http://pastrystudio.blogspot.com/

              http://www.joepastry.com/

            2. Glam Foodie Jun 30, 2010 04:13 AM

              The two most popular baking sites I know of are Bakerella and Tartelette:

              http://www.bakerella.com/

              http://www.mytartelette.com/

              Molly of Orangette and Deb of Smitten Kitchen also have some WONDERFUL baked goods you can try! SK in particular has some really lovely photography that you'll probably love. ;D

              http://recipesorangette.blogspot.com/

              http://smittenkitchen.com/recipes/

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