Baking recipes have never been so popular. Whether you’ve caught the baking bug, triggered by the antics of The Great British Bake Off contestants, or you’re an experienced baker, there’s always something different to try. From lusciously tempting classic favourites including Victoria sponge, chocolate fudge cake, lemon drizzle cake, shortbread, scones, meringues, breads and pies to more contemporary foccacia, muffins, brownies, biscotti, tarts and cupcakes, baking will make your kitchen smell wonderful and give you a feeling of contentment and happiness.
Baking doesn’t have to take a long time, when time is short, muffins, cookies and scones are the quickest bakes to make. They can be mixed, baked and on the table in 40 minutes or less, ready to be devoured in double quick time too. Try pumpkin muffins or banana and oat muffins for a delicious breakfast alternative (no early morning baking required, keep some in the freezer ready to grab and go) or lunch box filler.
If you’re looking for an inspirational, wow-factor, bake to show off your kitchen talents, an impressive chocolate, hazelnut and salted caramel cake, passion fruit and mango meringue roulade, or a pyramid of candy coloured macaroons will have everyone swooning.
Special diet baking has never been easier, or more delicious, with a wealth of baking recipes to cater for allergies and intolerances. Gluten and wheat-free flours are widely available in supermarkets together with dairy-free spreads. For a quick and easy loaf, gluten-free olive and rosemary bread is bursting with Mediterranean flavours and stands up to any traditional loaf. Joanne Harris’ flourless chocolate cake makes an elegant dessert piled with fresh berries and special diet food blogger Deliciously Ella’s gluten and dairy-free sweet potato brownies are amazing.
The choice of baking recipes is enormous, the only dilemma is which to try first!
Delicious Baking recipes
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Jamie Oliver's hummingbird cake is beautiful and bloody delicious
This sour cream cake with lavender yields a moist bake that will tantalise the taste buds toped with lavender icing and sparkles
This dairy-free ginger cake is wonderfully moist and spicy and if you can lock it away in a cake tin for a day or two it will taste even better!
Each of these gloriously stripy meringues holds a secret – get lucky with your dip!
Rose Prince's delicious cake is super delish. Bake in a square tray, then cut and paint each little cake with honey and lemon glaze
Cooked apples are very good to perk up our vitality and this is a deliciously spicy way to include them in our diet
James Ramsden's bake is a sort of Anglo-French number, a marriage beween a tarte tatin and cake
Sweet apples, earthy walnuts and a generous soaking of brandy syrup take Maria Elia's cake to new heights of deliciousness. Serve with crème fraîche
This one-mix peanut butter and jelly cupcake recipe couldn't be easier so is ideal for making with kids. The flavour, texture and lightness is just as good
The ultimate grown-up éclair, with a dash of pistachio and Grand Marnier – slightly boozy and just enough for two bites
This moreish apple and clotted cream loaf is perfect for an English afternoon tea
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