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"... I need dessert. I want to savor those fondly remembered old-fashioned cakes just as much as I like to experiment with fancy new creations."

Debby Maugans Nakos


Cookbook Review

Small-Batch Baking:  When Just Enough for 1 or 2 ...
Is Just Enough

Written by Debby Maugans Nakos

Reviewed by Brenda Kohlmyer

You know those truly decadent desserts you enjoy at bakeries? The ones you’d love to bake at home but don’t because if you did you’d have to bake enough to feed a party of eight and then you’d eventually wind up being the party of eight? And who needs all those calories? Debby Maugans Nakos has solved that problem.

With Small-Batch Baking, she’s written a baking book that is full of recipes for decadent baked goods that serve two or three, rather than eight or twelve. This is a fantastic cookbook for single bakers.

Nakos hails from the South, where desserts are an important part of the meal. And thank goodness for that. Nakos has included over 400 pages of recipes for cakes, bread puddings, pies, cookies, crumbles, and tarts.

You name the baked good and she's probably sized it for small-batch baking... German chocolate cake, baklava, pound cake, ten varieties of cheese cake, lemon shortbread squares, Southern peach cobbler...the list goes on long enough to make anyone's mouth water.

Nakos has a long background working in test kitchens and the quality of her recipes in this book shows the amount of work that's gone into making sure each pie, cake, and tart will come out right. We've sampled her Honey Apple Oatmeal Crisps, Pumpkin-Nut Bread Pudding and Pumpkin Maple Cheescakes. The recipes are easy to follow, even for children, and the results were consistently superb.

This book is available through the Small-Batch Baking page on