Violet Bakery Cookbook - Claire Ptak (Hardcover)

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The Violet Bakery is bustling cake shop and cafe in Hackney, east London. Famed for its exquisite baked goods and contemporary feel it has become a cult destination. In this book, structured around times of the day, she shares the flavour secrets of her delicious Violet bakes for home cooks.

Product Details

12 Mar 2015
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Claire Ptak
Number of Pages
241 x 213 x 213mm (1.02kg)


Discover the recipes behind the bakery that made Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake. Over 100 recipes include Cinnamon Buns, Mozzarella, Rosemary and New Potato Tarts, Butterscotch Blondies and Loganberry-vanilla Birthday Cake.


Chosen by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to make the cake for their royal wedding, 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. For example:

Morning - Buckwheat Granola or Cinnamon Buns
Midday - Squash, Brown Butter and Sage Quiche or Mozzarella, Rosemary and New Potato Tarts
Teatime - Butterscotch Blondie or Ginger Molasses Cake
Desserts - Cherry Cobbler or Fig Leaf Ice-cream
Party Party - Loganberry-vanilla Birthday Cake or Coconut-cream Trifle Cake

This book is about making baking worth it: simple to cook and satisfying to eat.


General Subject
Baking & Cake Decorating
BISAC Subject 1
Cooking / Methods / Baking
BISAC Subject 2
Cooking / Courses & Dishes / Cakes
BISAC Subject 4
Cooking / Courses & Dishes / Cakes
BIC Classification 1
Cakes, baking, icing & sugarcraft
Library Subject 1
Baked products
Dewey Classification
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

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.