What could be more delicious than a freshly baked treat still warm from the oven? This book features over 75 favorite recipes for home-baked goodies for every occasion-from simple brownies and bars, to sumptuous cakes and tarts-along with essential cook's tips for successful results every time. Contributing editor Linda Collister introduces the recipes with a delightful essay celebrating the joys of baking and its place among our memories of childhood. Quick and simple recipes for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars include Double Chocolate Chip Cookies; White Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies; and zesty Lemon Squares. Perfect little pick-me-ups for any time of the day, Cupcakes and Muffins include Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting; Passion Fruit Butterfly Cakes; and irresistable Chocolate Crumble Muffins. Spectacular Layer Cakes are always guaranteed to impress-choose from an indulgent Banana Fudge Layer Cake; light-as-air Angel Food Cake; and classic teatime treat Coffee and Walnut Cake. Pound Cakes and Loaf Cakes are perfect for regular bakers. Treat your family and friends to a slice of Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake; Breakfast Tea Loaf; or Old-fashioned Blueberry and Gingerbread Loaf. Great recipes for everyone's favorite Pies, Tarts, and Cheesecakes are also included. Try the Dusky Apple Pie; Pumpkin Pie; Cranberry Cinnamon Crunch Tart; Lemon and Ginger Cheesecake; and Warm Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake. Finally, enjoy foolproof recipes for Breads, Buns and Scones-try Apricot and Honey Rye Bread; Quick Cinnamon Buns; Cider Apple Donuts; and Maple Pecan Scones.