The Savory Baker

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Simple, Savory Baked Goods

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In the world of baking, desserts can seem to take center stage more often than not. And when you think of savory baked goods, you may think of project-style loaves and complex artisan breads. That’s why we’re so excited to present a collection of simple, savory baked goods that can be made without much preparation or labor. From buttery, herbed scones to galettes and flatbreads, there’s so much to explore outside of sweeter baked goods. With a focus on creative flavors, try your hand at recipes including Buttermilk Drop Biscuits, Goat Cheese and Gremolata Danish and Cheddar and Black-Pepper Bread.

Some of the recipes you'll find inside

A plate with a slice of Feta-Dill Zucchini Bread with Feta Butter on it.A plate with a slice of Feta-Dill Zucchini Bread with Feta Butter on it.
Feta-Dill Zucchini Bread with Feta Butter

Reminiscent of summer but available year round, water-dense zucchini gives this bread perfect moisture and light flavor. For this quick bread our test cook developed a stiffer, drier dough. That way, when the zucchini releases moisture while baking, it’s still tender while supporting savory chunks of feta and a satisfyingly crunchy crust.

An overhead view of a loaf of Prosciutto and Fig Pinwheel BreadAn overhead view of a loaf of Prosciutto and Fig Pinwheel Bread
Prosciutto and Fig Pinwheel Bread

Perfect for weekend brunches and gatherings with family, this pinwheel bread is just the bread to serve as a tabletop-showstopper. Deceivingly simple, you’ll make yeasted dough flavored with a few key ingredients, roll it into thin “pancakes” and layer them with sliced prosciutto and fig jam. Follow the steps of how to twist it all together, bake, and voilà! A beautiful Prosciutto and Fig Pinwheel Bread.

Several Seeded Pumpkin Crackers on a serving boardSeveral Seeded Pumpkin Crackers on a serving board
Seeded Pumpkin Crackers

Not all crackers are made equal. These crackers boast a variety of ingredients that showcase unique taste and texture with each bite. You’ll form the dough (including pumpkin puree, orange zest, baharat, dried apricots, pistachios, and sesame seeds) into one big loaf. Then, briefly freezing the dough allows for easy slicing into thin crackers…Or keep a portion frozen to bake when you please!

What you'll find inside:

  • Feta Zucchini Bread
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Scones
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Broccoli Cheese Cornbread
  • Cheddar Cheese Coins
  • Rosemary Almond Thins
  • Za’atar Bread
  • Pizza al Taglio
  • Goat Cheese and Gremolata Danish
  • Gochujang Palmiers
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Chicken Pot Pie

Editorial Reviews

Cookies, cakes, and pies are standard themes for baking cookbooks, but in this latest offering from the fertile minds at America’s Test Kitchen the recipes focus on savory baked goods. Pizzas, flatbreads, crackers, and stuffed breads all shine here. It’s hard to know where to start with these dozens of ideas since they all burst with flavor potential, and recipes hold enough encouragement for home bakers to propel them into the kitchen and fire up their ovens. These doughs comprise both quick-leavened (jalapeño-cheddar scones, sweet-potato cornbread) and yeast-raised (pizzas and stuffed crusts) products. Decidedly international coverage offers recipes for Turkish lahmajun, Chinese barbeque pork buns, South Asian panch phoran scones, Québecois tourtière, Brazilian pan de queijo, Jamaican beef patties, and much more. Crusts to encase rich fillings may be buttery short pastry or crispy filo. Meat pies can function as main courses, and there are some vegan and gluten-free options to add to the book’s wide appeal. Color photographs inventory ingredients and equipment, show intended results, and illustrate some of the more complex procedures for the cook. Introductory essays for each recipe give background information and tips for making things come out perfectly.

- Mark Knoblauch, Booklist

Recipes: 150
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Item Number: CL38
Item Weight: 2.00 pounds

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Baked Goods for Any Occasion

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Enjoy Creative Flavors

You won’t find basic recipes for plain baked goods. Instead you’ll find elevated options like Sausage and Chive Pull-Apart Rolls; Tomatillo Chicken Huaraches; and Middle Eastern Za’atar Bread.

Add Your Own Flare

Recipes give the option to use either homemade or store-bought doughs (pie dough, tart dough, pizza dough, etc.) with room to amp-up the ingredients and toppings you love most.