Clean Bakery, by Carine Claudepierre

Clean Bakery is French-born Claudepierre’s first cookbook, born out of her popular blog, http://sweetashoney.co.nz. When she developed pre-diabetes when pregnant with her daughter, she had to find a new way of creating her favourite baking creations.

Clean Bakery features 80 recipes 79 are dairy-free, 66 gluten-free, 49 paleo friendly, 50 vegan, 23 raw and 34 nut-free.

I like that this book doesn’t prescribe to a fad diet – for example paleo or raw. Claudepierre does have recipes that are friendly to those diets, but she’s not pushing an agenda, which is refreshing.

Clean Bakery is great book if you’re looking to switch out traditional baking with some healthier options. The recipes are predominantly simple and not hugely time-consuming – a big plus when you’re experimenting with a new way of cooking. A busy mother herself, the cookbook is one that will appeal to parents. It has a section on family baking, and twenty-minute snacks.

It also appeals to the beginner with a section on sugar swaps, flour swaps and secrets to baking using these ingredients.

I’m a fan of baking that works every time, tastes yummy, uses more nutrient dense ingredients and is simple. I tested four recipes in this book and they fitted the criteria, and my 2.5 year old was a huge fan of both the process and the finished product.

One thing to note, do you need efficient food processor, as lots of these things require high-speed blending.

While mainly focusing on sweet baking, including French classics revisited, Clean Bakery also has a bread baking section. It’s a great edition my kitchen.

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Heidi North-Bailey Formerly working in publishing in London, Heidi is now a freelance editor and writer based in Auckland. A graduate of the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and The Creative Hub, Heidi also has a first class Honours Degree in Screenwriting and Directing from The University of Auckland, Heidi is passionate about good storytelling across genres and loves reading, especially literary and children’s fiction. When not being kept busy as a new mum, Heidi tinkers with poetry and is chipping away at a novel.

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