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!
Maybe you want to bake delicious cupcakes and cookies for an afternoon treat? Or perhaps you're looking for the perfect dessert for a dinner party. Whatever the occasion, click through our best baking recipes for a recipe you'll love.
But first, we adore this twist on a classic. This orange and poppy seed victoria sponge recipe is a fresh variation on a traditional Victoria sponge using marmalade.
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Delicious Baking recipes
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Made with filo pastry and crunchy pistachios, this sticky Baklava is also lightly scented with orange blossom water
Paul says: "Forget supermarket versions – home-made is the way to go with this popular tart. I’ve included fresh raspberries here for a sharp contrast to the sweetness of the frangipane. A teatime treat, it’s also lovely as a dessert with cream. I usually make it in an oblong tin to slice into fingers, but it works well in a 23cm round tin too."
The Great British Bake Off' Martha Collison's millionaire's flapjacks are somewhere between a classic flapjack and millionaire's shortbread making them a fab lunchbox snack or afternoon treat...
For a quick and easy alternative to Christmas cake, try out this delicious tray bake
Traditionally the fruit in this Jamaican Christmas cake is steeped in port and rum for at least 24 hours, or longer if you can. Enjoy its glorious flavour
This easy fruit cake recipe is packed with dried fruits, including apricots and figs, which have been soaked overnight in whisky
This fruit cake recipe is perfect for a Christmas, birthday or wedding cake. It matures well, but feed with brandy every week if you fancy an extra special treat!
Mary Berry's fruity scones are perfect served split open with plenty of jam and cream in them for a really indulgent afternoon tea treat
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Healthy cake recipes feature unusual ingredient combinations like mashed potato, spelt flour, polenta and sweet potatoes which make these delicious recipes healthier than your usual choices
Chocolate cake recipes to indulge in, including chocolate fudge cake, glossy chocolate and almond torte and Malteser cake
Bread recipes to make at home, including white bread rolls, ciabatta bread, a focaccia recipe and plenty more
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