Friday, September 25, 2015

Cookbook Review- Guilt Free Baking by Gee Chapman

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Watkins Nourish, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

I have a great cookbook to share with you today, from a former Royal Family chef

So you KNOW the recipes are to die for!


Life’s too short to feel guilty about eating cake, but if you’re feasting on baked goodies full of butter, cream and chocolate – or the alternatives such as margarine or artificial sweeteners – you’ll soon notice the downside.

Gee Charman is from the new school of low-fat cooking. In her new cookbook, Guilt-Free Baking, she focuses on moderation and using healthier ingredients with fantastic flavors, giving you cakes and cookies, tarts and tray bakes, fondants and frostings that you can eat without feeling guilty. It’s not an all or nothing approach that is only achievable by a few; these recipes are suitable for every kind of baker, from the novice to the expert.

Rather than filling her bakes with artificial sweeteners or bland chemical-filled low-fat substitutes, Gee finds ingenious ways to add flavor and texture. Try Chocolate Cupcakes made with a deliciously creamy chocolate and avocado frosting or make a Lemon Cheesecake more saintly by replacing some of the cheese with tofu. Use pumpkin purée to add sweetness to squidgy Pumpkin and Cinnamon Blondies, or makeover a low-fat Apricot Tart with a touch of rosemary to make it taste divine.
Whether you want to whip up a simple treat for a rainy day, create a show-stopping spread for a party, or enjoy a romantic, indulgent dessert, this book will show you how you can have your cake and eat it, too!

 Guilt Free Baking collage 2


Guilt-Free Baking is a book designed for those of us who still want great tasting recipes, but not necessarily all the calories that tend to go along with them. Baked goods, like desserts and snacks, always seem to suffer the most when 'converted' to healthy baking. SIGH. But Gee does an excellent job in the recipes in this book, in bringing back not only the flavor, but the substance of the baked goods, that you've been missing! using fruit purees to bring natural fat and sugar back into a dish is a delightful way to bring back the food you love.And many come in at under 300 calories per serving still! Can I get an 'Amen!"? She is also healthy with the herbs and spices (why do so many low-calorie books leave them out or go for overkill on them? Never understood that!), and uses different combinations, instead of over powering your senses.You'll find yourself marking a LOT of pages in this cookbook to try out!  This is a cookbook you'll be sharing this holiday season! 


This Fruity Oat Bars (shown above) are perfect for using with whatever fruit is in season for super after school snacks, as well as for light dessert, or even as a breakfast bar! Its's also a good way to use up those dates you froze to make jam, and hadn't yet! 

About the Author:

Gee Charman spent several years cooking for the Royal Family at Kensington Palace after training at Tante Marie. She set up a successful catering company and has made a name for herself working as a food stylist for television shows such as Let’s Do Lunch,Gordon Behind Bars and Britain’s Best Dish, as well as for celebrity chefs like the Hairy Bikers, Gino D’Acampo and Gordon Ramsey. In collaboration with 3 other chefs, Gee opened a restaurant, The Gorgeous Kitchen, at Heathrow airport in June 2014. 

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great cookbook, I love baked goods but I am trying to eat healthier so this would be helpful for me.


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