Staying at Home: Isolation Baking and Orange Spiced Butter

Jamie Schler's orange butter with biscuitssummary: the inimitable Jamie Schler has another cookbook out: “Isolation Baking”; still staying at home; baking powder biscuits; delving into the archives: orange spiced butter from “Orange Appeal”;

I really want everyone – everyone – to download and have a copy of my e-cookbook. A small donation to the hotel will be more than appreciated, but don’t worry at all if you can’t… a nice review on Apple Books will be loved as much. And make my recipes!
– Jamie Schler, Twitter, 29 April 2020

How cool is this? Thank you, Jamie!!

Isolation Baking by Jamie Schler
Isolation Baking: Recipes from my (post)confinement kitchen
by Jamie Schler
The book is now available to download (free!!) from Apple Books:

Inside Isolation Baking, there are beautiful photos and recipes galore to make during this extended time of Staying At Home. We already know that Jamie’s cookbook Orange Appeal is wonderful – there are a number of keeper recipes in it in case you don’t have your copy yet. In fact, you neeeeeeeed to get it, even if it’s just for the orange spiced butter in the Orange Appeal recipe for Orange Cardamom Scones with Honey-Orange Spiced Butter on pages 110-112!

So far, I’ve only skimmed through Isolation Baking but the recipes for leek and potato soup, cauliflower and potato gratin, lemon risotto, lemon chicken pasta with peas, chicken with preserved lemons and olives, gözleme pastries, and mushroom and caramelized onion quiche, are calling to me.

Jamie has also included biscuits and scones. Ha. We had better put oranges on our grocery list so we can make more orange spiced butter!

Ha!! With all these choices, we won’t realize we’re confined!!

(I haven’t dared to look at the cakes yet…. But I KNOW that Jamie makes great cakes!)

[W]e went from a world of movement, contact activity, travel, work, distraction, a certain set of joy, woes, and worries […] and suddenly we, the whole world, were shut inside of our homes bored, anxious, stressed, exhausted, and alone. […] Isolation Baking recipes started as a fun way to reconnect with my food people on Twitter […] And we began feeling less isolated, as if we were cooking and baking together rather than apart and alone.
– Jamie Schler, Isolation Baking | Foreword
Isolation Baking: Recipes from my (post)confinement kitchen
by Jamie Schler
Isolation Baking is a collection of Jamie Schler’s favorite recipes, comforting to elegant, simple to surprising. Jamie, food writer and cookbook author, created these dishes, breads, snacks, and desserts over the years to share with family and friends; during the coronavirus pandemic, she shared them on social media as a way to feed others and to bring together a community of friends and followers who, cooking and baking together, felt less isolated. Now she has put them together in her Isolated Baking cookbook.
Apple Books, Publisher Description (

The book is now available for download from Apple Books. But I was challenged to find this isolation cookbook on the Canadian Apple Books website that I am automatically sent to, but one of Jamie’s FB friends (thank you, S!!) provided this Google drive link (you do not have to be logged into Google to access it) to download a pdf of the e-book.

Jamie and her husband own and run l’Hôtel Diderot in Chinon, France. Needless to say, these are challenging times for anyone in the tourism industry!

Jamie is generously offering the e-cookbook for free; but if you would like to make a small donation to her hotel you can through paypal: isolation.baking[at]

We first made orange spiced butter eons ago – in June 2016. (I can’t believe I didn’t rave out loud about it here before!) Here is proof of why you really do need to put oranges on your grocery list and the moment you get home, turn to page 112 of Orange Appeal. You can, of course, make Jamies cardamom scones, but trust me, the orange spiced butter goes beautifully with baking powder biscuits, scones, buns….

Handily, Jamie includes her recipe for regular baking powder biscuits, scones, and French bread in Isolation Baking….

Jamie Schler's orange butter with biscuits
orange butter

Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet
by Jamie Schler with photos by Ilva Beretta

Add a little sunshine to every meal with these sweet and savory recipes. – Gibbs Smith Publishing

Jamie Schler offers a collection of sophisticated and sunny recipes using the most versatile of citrus fruits, the orange, in this beautifully photographed [by Ilva Beretta] cookbook. She incorporates the juice, zest, and fruit from many varieties of oranges as well as flavorings, extracts, and liqueurs.
Schler’s sauces, soups, salads, sides, main dishes, breads, and sweets embody the essence of orange and empress diners with recipes such as Orange Fig Sauce, Orange Braised Belgian Endive with Caramelized Onions and Bacon, Beef in Bourbon Sauce, Glazed Apple and Orange Braid, and Chocolate Orange Marmalade Brownies.
– Gibbs Smith Publishing


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