Inspired by the author's Jewish heritage, these recipes have a very European sensibility, with a touch of Middle Eastern flavours.
They are sophisticated, featuring some nostalgic classics with a twist that are easy to make. Butter, Butter is divided into five sections: Cakes, Pastry, Dough, Cookie and Slices and Savoury.
The flavours are deep, spicy and a little exotic. With ingredients like semolina, hazelnuts and tahini and toppings like candied fennel, pistachios, sesame and thyme, there are many delicious things to explore.
Alongside the more standard bakes like carrot cake, rhubarb tart and brownie are some special creations to try: Persian Love Cake, Tiramisu Crepe Cake, Knafeh (Palestinian), Rugelach (Polish) and many others. With some divine savoury ideas like Mushroom and Gruyere Galette and Leek and Cheddar Brioche Butter Pudding this is the complete package for those wanting to try some new ideas with their baking.
Petra Galler is a young baker who has worked in restaurants in Auckland and Melbourne for over 10 years. Her passion lies in pastry and baking and she hopes to pass on that joy by sharing her recipes and the stories behind them.