Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sweet Freedom: A New Baking Book

I was very happy to be one of the testers for Ricki's soon to be published cookbook Sweet Freedom. I've been drooling over her posts for quite some time now and was thrilled to get the chance to be a small part of the excitement. Her cookbook is all baked goods (yum how can you say no to that!) and the thing I'm loving the most about the recipes is the fact that they taste like unhealthy delicious baked goods but are actually much better for you made with wholegrain flours and natural sweeteners alternatives. The recipes don't use wheat, eggs or dairy either. Seriously, how can you not be intrigued by now??

There's a long list of yummy things that will be in this cookbook so go check out the Facebook group and/or the blog showcasing many of the delicious goodies you can look forward to making! Below you can see some of the things I had the pleasure of trying out.


The orange raisin tea biscuits are completely addictive. I didn't even think I'd like them but the flavours just complement each other so well. How can something so yummy not be bad for me?? Definitely will be making these repeatedly.




When I made the old fashioned spice cake, I couldn't believe how it tasted (in a really good way). And it was so moist.




Peanut butter COOKIES that I don't have to feel too bad about eating?? Nothing more needs to be said.




This sunshine breakfast loaf was so good and it's another addictive baked good. I was constantly thinking about eating it and when I could snack on it next. So good.




These crispy fruit chews were great for when I needed some energy for studying!

23 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

You are BEYOND lucky to be a tester for Ricki!! She's fabulous, and her recipes obviously are too :-)

Ricki said...

Wow, Ashley, your photos are amazing--those goodies never looked so good!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the baking and I'm thrilled that you were one of the book's testers. Thanks for all your baking and for those incredible photos--I think I'm hungry now! :)

aTxVegn said...

I loved all of these recipes. Your photos are great!

dessertobsessed said...

wow, everything looks so yum!

Vegetation said...

I'm in desperate need of this book me thinks. YUM!

Parker said...

Love those chewy fruit bars.

Usha said...

Wow, everything looks wonderful and very tempting....

Snooky doodle said...

wow this all look so delicious to me :)

Joanna said...

that's so cool!!! how do you get to be a recipe tester?!?!? these sweets look delicious. the biscuits are calling my name.

Steph said...

I'm especially interested in teh peanut butter cookies (which look full fat) and the fruit chews!

Grace said...

that is some good-looking food. oh, to be a recipe tester for life. what a dream. :)

Holler said...

They all sound good! I think I would be hard pushed to choose the one I would want to try first. You have done a lovely job with your baking Ashley.

Jaime said...

how cool! i think healthy and sweets is an oxymoron ;) haha

Johanna said...

lucky you to be trying out all Ricki's wonderful recipes - I am looking forward to the book coming out because everything I have seen from it looks so good

Isa said...

Wow, wow, wow! I had always thought being a tester was a bad thing. I associated it with trying pills which their side effects wasn't proved so you could die. Or trying a shampoo and they have hair growing all over you. But I never, ever associated it with this... And now, I've changed my mind! Being a tester rocks!
Really, everything looks great. Particulary those orange-raisin tea biscuits :)

Cakespy said...

Too much good stuff. LOVE Ricki, love the recipes. And these photos are making me wish I could be the tester's taste tester! :-)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What fun to be a test baker for Ricki. These all look amazingly good!

Deborah said...

Those peanut butter cookies are calling out to me!!

Kiersten said...

I can't wait until Ricki's book comes out. All of your pictures look SO good.

Hannah said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! I wanted to badly to be a tester as well, but I just don't have the time... I still can't wait for the book to come out!

Seema said...

Hiya,

I can't c the pics coz of some firewall but jes reading the entries has made me fall head over heels in love with the book. The recipes are awesome and gud for me 'coz baking is my stress buster and since kids are gtng ready for holidays i'm sure i will whip up these recipes very soon infact can't wait to reach home.
Lucky those who hv the book.
TC

jessica~ said...

Hmmmm... that Old Fashioned Spice Cake really caught my eye but I don't see it in the book. I wonder if it's the same as the Raising Spice Tea Bread... I've been looking for a recipe to fill my "hermit" void now that I can't eat my Mother-In-Law's hermits (they have butter).

Great photos!

eatme_delicious said...

jessica: In the book it's called tomato spice cake. =)