Tomorrow (October 14) marks the start of National Baking Week here in the UK – and if you have the spare funds and want to make something tasty in the kitchen, now’s the perfect time to get your pinny on! To give you some inspiration, we’re sharing with you our top five recipes to ensure Baking Week is nothing short of sweet. Read on…
Mini Victoria Sponges
Offering a unique twist on a classic Victoria sponge, miniature versions of the same tried and trusted cake are bound to go down a storm with your family and friends. BBC Good Food has a recipe for mini Victoria sponges – and you can make 12 of these dainty puds in no time at all. Give them a go and try to resist eating more than one in a single sitting.
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Know a chocolate lover? Mary Berry’s Very Best Chocolate Fudge Cake, via The Happy Foodie, looks like a sure-fire winner for your work meeting, your girlie get-together or just a post-dinner treat after food at your parents’. The ideal recipe to try during National Baking Week, this choccy fudge cake is deliciously indulgent and simple to make.
You can’t beat sugary, crumbly shortbread biscuits…can you? The Baking with Granny site has a recipe for Highlander Shortbread – ideal if you want to try an authentic Scottish bake. A lovely, robust biscuit to dunk in your cuppa, a shortbread biccie or 10 can be given as a gift – in a glass jar tied with twine or in baking parchment wrapped in a pretty bow. It’s easy to make and they have a decent enough shelf life, rather than, say, cream-filled cakes, for example.
We had to sneak in a couple of savoury bakes too, because why not make something from scratch as a starter (mini sausage rolls), main (quiche) for one of the above desserts to precede?
Mini Sausage Rolls
Making use of cocktail sausages, these mini sausage rolls can be added to lunch boxes, taken on picnics (when the weather warms up again, of course) or eaten as a post-school or work snack before your evening meal. Sweet Caramel Sunday has come up with the goods on the recipe front – take a look here.
Light and tasty, a quiche can be eaten as a snack or served as the main event for lunch or tea. There are all kinds of varieties to choose from as well, but we like the look of this Ultimate Quiche Lorraine from BBC Good Food. The key to making the perfect quiche, says the site, is simplicity. If you haven’t made one for yourself, you have to try this one, which is packed with lardons and gruyere – delicious.
Did you enjoy this blog post – and will you be making anything for National Baking Week? Let us know by commenting below.
Until next time…
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