Since their quirky cookbook debut in 2008 with the charming, boozy “Baked,” I’ve kept half an eye out for the next opus by Brooklyn, N.Y., bakery owners Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. “Baked Elements: Our Ten Favorite Ingredients,” organized around 10 essential baking flavors, is not disappointing.
A few of the flavors — lemon, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel — are as essential to the baker as flour and butter. Others such as cheese and peanut butter are a little more offbeat. Lewis and Poliafito, who opened Baked in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood in 2005, approach their recipes with enthusiasm and dedication. You may not consider banana bread adequately sinful on its own, but this duo remedies that with a whopping dose of crunchy peanut butter and chocolate. If you want to put your willpower through a crash course in strength training, leave this triple threat in plain view of your home office and try to work for a few hours without even looking at it once.