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Re: Betty Bossi: Have I lost the plot?

To all the BB haters and to all the BB lovers:
The truth lies in the middle. Some recipes are good, some are bad. But isn't that the same with every cook book? If you own a cook book you love every single recipe out of call yourself lucky. I inherited a ton of BB cook books from my grandma. She really liked BB. My Mom does. too, but not to the same extend as the generation before her. I think BB was just at the right time when cook books were not as colorful and people weren't used to such a "holistic" marketing. Right place, right time. Nowadays it's different and every book shop actually throws hundreds of any kind of cook books into your face even if you haven't entered the shop yet. So people have a much broader variety to pick from and personally, I think that's a good thing. Not to mention the internet where choosing a recipe sometimes becomes a time consuming task.
But I'll keep those BB cook books. If not for the recipes, than for the memory of my grandma. I like her notes she added and her hand written recipes. Those I really treasure.

BTW: My age old recipe for a Zopf calls for 1kg of flour. A block of yeast (no idea... are those 40g?), 500-600ml of milk (I found out I need exactly 1 pint ) and 150g butter. It turns out super nice because there's a little secret: the bigger your Zopf is, the yummier it gets. I either freeze parts of it or share with my parents or friends. It's a small gift but believe me, I can make some people very, very happy with it.
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I have entertained with BB recipes for 30 years and never ever failed! Must be my special Swiss touch that brought the success. The recipes are just right for our taste buds and they beat all the Hot Dogs and Burgers . The "Vielseitige Gemuesekueche" is one of my favorites for veggies. And the Dessert Traeume are awesome......

Glad you mentioned the Zopf - it's sooo.. tasty!

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Re: Betty Bossi: Have I lost the plot?

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I tried a BB recipe for a slow cooked pork loin - a disaster (yet the Garry Rhodes recipe for slow cooked pork belly has become a successful and much loved part of my repertoire), following the BB recipe for Zopf resulted in an inedible lump, following Michel Roux’s recipe for a traditional “sandwich loaf” resulted in bread that was scoffed down incredibly quickly... (and is now made, by executive fiat, every week)

So, what is it with Betty Bossi? (or perhaps BB and me?) Does anyone have any ideas?
Would you mind sharing the two recipes from Betty Bossi as-is?
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Re: Betty Bossi: Have I lost the plot?

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Would you mind sharing the two recipes from Betty Bossi as-is?
I'm afraid I can't as I've binned all the BB cookbooks I had bought. I think, however, the pork recipe may have been in a book called niedergaren or similar.
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