By Graham Herterich
BAKE Traditional Irish Baking with Modern Twists, published by boutique Irish publishing house Nine Bean Rows, is the first book from Graham Herterich, also known as The Cupcake Bloke.
Presenting a snapshot of present-day Ireland, Bake includes traditional recipes that hold a special place in our hearts and on our tables while also making room for contemporary new influences, inspirations and ingredients. A beautiful hardback book, it offers something for every kind of baker, from first-timers looking for answers to all their baking questions to more accomplished bakers in search of inspiration and adventurous new flavours.
Featuring 100 recipes, traditional bakes such as soda bread, tarts, porter cake and brack all the way up to modern classics like jambons, cheesecakes and fifteens are given a contemporary twist using the ingredients available in Ireland now, from advieh to zhug.
Choose from Graham’s twists on classic dishes like coffee and walnut cake reinterpreted as coffee and walnut pavlova with coffee poached pears or rhubarb crumble reimagined as chocolate, banana and coconut crumble with banana ice cream. Also included is Graham’s recipe for Guinness brown bread and the updated alternative, rye, ale & honey bread, while Graham’s beloved mammy buns are brought up to date as tahini and black sesame cupcakes.
“Bake: Traditional Irish Baking with Modern Twists” also includes a brief history of Irish baking by Ali Dunworth along with Dee Laffan’s take on the modern landscape of Irish food as well as a comprehensive guide to baking essentials and lesser-known ingredients.
“BAKE Traditional Irish Baking with Modern Twists” is the first book from Graham Herterich, also known as The Cupcake Bloke.
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