The first book from Scotland’s celebrated Bad Girl Bakery is to be published on 2nd November 2021.

The bakery and cafe, based in the Black Isle village of Muir of Ord in the Scottish Highlands, is run by Jeni Iannetta and her husband Douglas Hardie. Unapologetically generous and indulgent, Jeni’s cakes, bakes and biscuits have won a loyal following since the bakery opened in 2017.

The new book, Bad Girl Bakery, contains over 100 of Jeni’s favourite baking recipes illustrated with photographs by Clair Irwin. Chapters include everything from ‘Cake for Breakfast’ to ‘Leftover Cake’ via an entire section dedicated to Millionaire’s Shortbread. Recipes include Pimped-up Shortbread; Salted Caramel Crumble Bar; Raspberry Doughnut Brioche Buns, Granola, Greek Yoghurt & Berry Muffins; White Chocolate & Cardamom Sticky Buns; Chocolate Caramel Fudge Layer Cake; Deluxe Coconut Brownies and many more.

These aren’t recipes with hundreds of steps, requiring specialist kit; it’s about baking with the best ingredients in a way that celebrates texture and flavour. They are do-able, fast, with simple instructions and tricks that yield the tastiest results and look great without hours and hours of work.

For Jeni, baking is about the occasional indulgence that’s worth it. It’s about baking as a process that brings joy. Jeni’s baking career didn’t start with formal training – she’s a home baker that’s turned professional. These recipes echo this spirit with a pragmatic approach that offers variations on themes and ways to transform dishes for a vegan or gluten free diet.

Jeni said:

“This is a book for people who love cake and love to bake. People like us, who read baking blogs or watch baking shows and get excited about the latest baking books. Our baking has always been about understanding that cake isa treat. People don’t tend to treat themselves as often as theyused to, so when they do, it has to count. Have you ever eatena cake and felt disappointed? That you’ve wasted your treat,your calories or your time baking it? At Bad Girl Bakery we wantour cakes to exceed people’s expectations, to be about flavour,texture, hidden surprises, generosity and impact. ‘Ooft, look atthat!’ is something we hear a lot at our cake counter.This way of baking is not complex and I hope this book inspires people to try out the recipes we’ve developed over the years.”

Bad Girl Bakery opened its bakery and café in Muir of Ord in 2017 and has since built a reputation for its outstanding cakes and bakes, winning a number of awards, as well as contracts to supply the Caledonian Sleeper, National Trust for Scotland and cafes across the region.  The Coronavirus crisis forced a reshaping of the business with the shop and café at its heart, allowing Jeni to focus on what she loves best: creating indulgent bakes with generous fillings, seasonal twists and innovative flavour combinations.  The bakery’s name gently pokes fun at people who frown on indulgence – or as Jeni says, “You know, the people who tut and say, ‘Oh, you bad girl,’ when you reach for a treat.”

Because Bad Girls make good cake…

Bad Girl Bakery by Jeni Iannetta is published on 2nd November 2021 and will be available from bookshops nationwide at £20.

Kitchen Press titles are distributed by BookSource. 


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