Tea Breads & Coffee

Elizabeth Alston, Author
Elizabeth Alston, Author William Morrow Cookbooks $15 (112p) ISBN 978-0-06-016149-1
Reviewed on: 02/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
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This slender volume by the food editor of Woman's Day offers a welcome antidote to the recent spate of baking books glorifying decadent desserts. Defining tea breads and coffeecakes as ``homey baked goods that need no frosting or buttercream filling,'' Alston turns out easily prepared, not-too-sweet fare that can grace a breakfast table as well as an afternoon party. Most recipes are low in sugar and fat (with many accompanied by virtually fat-free variations) and tend to feature fruits, nuts and whole grains, but several recipes calling for chocolate may appease a pronounced sweet tooth. The author's directions are abundantly clear, and where she includes techniques for the food processor Alston supplies alternate instructions for hand or blender preparation. A section on baking fundamentals will embolden beginners, but accomplished bakers won't want to miss clever tips for pitting cherries with a paper clip and incorporating olive oil in favorite cakes. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Feb.)
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