Baking Collection

Loaf cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, cookies, gateaux, pies, tarts, soufflés and whole variety of breads – if you can bake it, this collection has it!

Pistachio & orange biscotti

These nutty cookies make great gifts. They store well too, so you might want to double up the quantities while you are in baking mode.

Marbled chocolate–vanilla cookies

These attractive little cookies will go perfectly with your afternoon coffee.

White chocolate & orange cookies

Delicate chocolate and aromatic orange make this an elegant accompaniment to a late afternoon cup of tea.

Pumpkin cookies

These moist spicy cookies are low in fat and very simple to make.

Sweet potato & orange cupcakes

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene (a source of vitamin A), and eating fat with beta carotene rich foods helps the body absorb vitamins, so using them

Strawberry meringue layer cake

This is a simple cake to make but absolutely stunning and incredibly delicious.

Mocha chocolate cake

This melt-in-the-mouth cake with its soft, mousselike centre is a truly decadent treat. Serve it with a cup of coffee when you need a pick-me-up or savour it for dessert.

Orange poppyseed cake

This classic cake is light and citrussy – great served with tea or coffee.

Sticky maple pecan cake

This buttery layer cake, with its fragrant flavour of maple syrup and pecans, is especially wonderful with a steaming hot cup of coffee. The bitterness of the coffee perfectly offsets the sugary sweetness of the cake.

Victoria sandwich

This is an all-time classic British cake named for Queen Victoria. Traditionally, it is split and filled with jam, then simply dusted with icing sugar. This version is made of two layers of sponge cake sandwiched with fresh raspberries, jam and cream.

Carrot cake

There are a great many variations of this classic cake, but this one flavoured with orange, cinnamon and ginger is particularly good. The combination of sweet, crumbly sponge cake and rich, creamy icing is hard to beat.

Coffee & walnut cake

Coffee and walnuts are a sublime pairing in this golden, crumbly cake with its rich coffee butter icing. A favourite for generations and a must on any tea table.

Old-fashioned ginger cake

Nothing quite beats a slice of rich, dark ginger cake. This one is even better a few days after baking; so if you can, make it a few days in advance, wrap tightly and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Rhubarb upside-down cake

Tart rhubarb makes a fabulously fruity, gooey topping for the golden sponge base of this cake. As it cooks, the rhubarb turns a gorgeous pink that’s impossible to resist.

Tropical fruit gateau

With a delicate coconut sponge cake, creamy filling and mounds of tropical fruit, this fabulous cake will bring a taste of sunshine into your home.

Black forest gateau

This German layer cake is an absolute classic and makes a fabulous dessert cake for a party.

Dark chocolate cheesecake

This wonderful cheesecake just melts in the mouth and makes a fabulous dessert or an extra-indulgent afternoon treat. It’s rich, creamy, and with just the perfect hit of bitter chocolate.

New york cheesecake

This simple cheesecake, flavoured with lemon and vanilla and topped with a snowy white layer of sour cream, is an all-time classic.

Chocolate caramel cheesecake

Quite often cheesecake baked in the oven will crack as it cools, but cooked in the slow cooker, the steam makes the cheesecake silky smooth while helping to prevent cracking. So do not remove the cover until the end.

Cappuccino cheesecake

Sweet and creamy with the distinctive bitter flavour of coffee, this luscious cheesecake makes a fabulous dessert or a treat to serve with coffee.

Plum frangipane tarts

Frangipane is a sweet almond sponge mixture that is popular in France, where it is added to several classic desserts such as these fruit flans. If you don’t have individual flan tins, make one large one using a 20- or 23-cm (8- or 9-inch) tin.

Orange custard tart

An orange and nutmeg tart with sufficient orangey wobble.

Brownie tart

This tart elevates the brownie from snack food to a sophisticated dessert.

French apple tart

To make the pastry by hand, sieve the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Place the butter and egg yolk in the well and mix to a coarse paste. Draw the flour over egg mixture and chop through with a palette knife. Sprinkle with water and bring the dough together with your hands, kneading until smooth.

Chocolate bread & butter dessert

This is one of the easiest hot desserts to make, and a great way to use up stale bread.

Praline, chocolate & cherry bread pudding

This is a luscious and rich dessert, ideal for a special occasion.

Date & walnut loaf

This version of the classic date and nut bread is simple and flavourful without being too sweet. It contains less butter than many loaf cakes, making it a great option if you’re looking for a treat without too much guilt.

Chocolate-walnut babka bread

This indulgent treat is special enough to serve on any holiday morning.

Black-olive bread

You can vary the flavour of this bread with your choice of olive, so try Kalamata olives today and niçoise next week!

Italian herb bread

This bread is especially delicious when sliced and buttered to accompany an omelette.

Garlic & coriander naan bread

These naan taste authentic and make a great accompaniment to an Indian curry.

Pitta bread

Pittas are best eaten immediately, and freeze well, but you can store them in an airtight container for 1–2 days, and reheat in the toaster.

Anchovy & olive sticks

Tip: If the dough of this recipe is too stiff, add water; if it’s too wet, simply add flour.

Farinata

When you first make farinata (chickpea pancakes), known as socca in Nice, you will be more than a little alarmed at how liquid the batter seems to be. Fear not, it will pull together quite magically as it bakes into a smooth pancake. This is the poorest of foods – just finely ground chickpeas, water, oil and salt and pepper – and yet it manages to be one of the most addictive and delicious things to eat. Try not to eat it all before serving it to your guests! Wonderful with stracchino cheese or with salami or just by itself.

Walnut & sun-dried tomato biscotti

Based on the classic twice-baked Italian biscuit, these savoury bites are a great alternative to crisps. Their long, thin shape also makes them perfect for dunking into dips.

Cornbread

Cornbread is a popular bread enjoyed all over the Americas. It is easy to make and satisfying with chilli or other spicy stews.

Focaccia

Created in the little town of Recco on the Ligurian Riviera, this lovely oily and salty bread is perfect when split and filled with thinly sliced Parma ham and ripe tomatoes.

Pizzette

Literally translating from Italian as ‘mini pizzas’, these are smaller than a regular pizza, although they sometimes can be up to 10 centimetres (4 inches) across. But in this case, they are only 5 centimetres (2 inches) across or smaller, to serve as a canapé.

Easy lime loaf cake

Fresh, zesty, and oh-so-simple, this delicious golden cake is fabulous served with a cup of afternoon tea. It’s also the perfect treat to go in a lunchbox or picnic basket.

Cherry cupcakes

Chocolate baskets filled with Kirsch cream and fresh cherries are delightful treats to serve at a dinner party.

Coconut wedges

Dairy-free and sweetened with maple syrup, this coconut oat cookie is a wholesome alternative to mass-produced snack bars.

Popcorn puffs

Crunchy and light, these popcorn puffs are quick, simple, and fun to make.

Giant chocolate & orange whoopie pie

For this party-size pie, a white chocolate filling replaces traditional marshmallow.

Kiwi, orange & white chocolate cream mille-feuille

When you roll out the pastry, be careful not to stretch it or it will shrink back during baking and the mille-feuille layers will be uneven. Do not assemble these more than two hours before serving or the pastry will become soft.

Apricot & hazelnut loaf cake

Sweet, nutty and rich with the intense flavour of apricot, this simple loaf cake is perfect for any occasion. Bake it when you have guests for coffee, or just enjoy it as an everyday treat.

Chocolate roulade with chocolate cream & raspberries

Roulades make impressive and popular desserts and are ideal for parties because they can be made ahead and need no last-minute attention.

Pound cake

This is one of the all-time classic simple cakes that has been enjoyed for generations. Originally the cake was made with a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour — hence its name

White chocolate torte

Make this deliciously smooth and creamy cake in a tin with a removable base, as the finished dessert will be much easier to remove.

Classic sheet cake

Sheet cakes are perfect for birthdays or large celebrations when you need a cake to feed lots of people. A simple iced cake covered with candles looks stunning.

Bitter chocolate tart with toasted hazelnut crust

This is a deliciously smooth, plain chocolate tart that can be served warm or cold.

Chocolate velvet ganache gâteau

This is equally good served as a dessert or as a special cake to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Let the ganache cool at room temperature rather than in the fridge.

Millionaire’s shortbread

Millionaire’s shortbread is appropriately named, given that it is rich and extravagant!

Triple chocolate cookies

Rich and full-flavoured, these chunky chocolate cookies with dark and white chocolate chips are irresistible.

Dark chocolate-mocha mud cake

Rich and indulgent, this dark chocolate cake with its even darker icing is the ultimate cake for hardened chocoholics!

Craving for chocolate cake

This cake has the rich taste of chocolate but without all the calories. It has a lovely glossy top, so it needs no icing.

Almond & apricot meringue roulade

Adding cornflour and either lemon juice or vinegar to the mixture keeps the centre of the baked meringue marshmallow-soft and the outside crisp.

Torta di arance e farina di polenta (sicilian orange polenta cake)

This Italian-style cake is moist and orangey with a slightly gritty texture and a hint of cardamom that makes it quite yummy cold or warm with low-fat crème fraîche.

Torta di mandorle (almond cake)

This deliciously nutty almond cake with a hint of amaretto liqueur makes for a lovely teatime treat. Make sure the ground almonds are really fresh so that they bring plenty of moisture to the cake.

Torta di riso (tuscan rice cake)

The rich, eggy, sticky quality of this very traditional Tuscan rice cake makes it delicious and incredibly filling. It is like a homemade version of those little oval rice cakes you can buy at all Tuscan cafés and patisseries, called simply budino, which translates as ‘pudding’. This is a very substantial cake, so a little will go a long way. Don’t worry about how liquid the mixture seems when you pour it into the pan; the cake will set, but it should remain wet and sticky, although firm enough to slice neatly.

Natas

Natas, the famous Portuguese custard tarts, are one of the tastiest pastries on the planet. You can find them in bakeries and delis, but try making them yourself and wow your loved ones.

Garlic hearth bread

This easy and aromatic hearth bread will satisfy the deepest craving for roasted garlic.

Pecan tart

This oozy dessert is begging to be served with lashings of real vanilla ice cream and is at its very best eaten warm from the oven.

Chocolate chip cookie base pizza

If you ever have a group of children you really want to impress, try out this decadent dessert.

Ice cream pizza with brownie base

The ultimate way to reward someone who has earned a lot of brownie points!

Lemon & cranberry flatbread

This is a wonderfully fun and deliciously tart flatbread.

Sweet fried flatbread

Similar in taste and texture to sugar doughnuts, this cinnamon-dusted fried flatbread is sure to please.

Madeleine cookies

You will need a traditional madeleine tray with seashell-shape indentations for these pretty treats.

Cheesecake brownies

This tasty cross between a cheesecake and a slice travels well and is the perfect dessert for a day out with the family.

Lemon & chocolate praline cake

Creamy white-chocolate frosting and crunchy praline is a delicious combination.

Baked maple–pecan cheesecake

The biscuits can be easily crushed in a food processor but if you don’t have one just put them into a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.

Sachertorte

The original recipe was devised in Vienna in 1832 and kept a closely guarded secret!

Bannock

Bannock originated in Scotland and were introduced to the United States by early settlers. They can be cooked in a cast-iron frying pan over a campfire, or even wrapped around a stick and held 20 cm (8 in) above the flames until cooked.

Barley breakfast bread

This breakfast bread is easy to make – just make sure to soak the barley overnight for the most tender and flavourful results.

Crisp rye flatbread

This crisp flatbread, known as “knackebrod” in Norway, became popular because it dries well and can be stored for long periods of time.

Raspberry genoese

This is the classic whisked sponge cake, and although the method sounds tricky, it’s actually very simple. To enjoy it at its best, serve it on the day you make it.

Brown sugar kugelhopf cake

The classic Kugelhopf cake takes its name from the Kugelhopf tin in which it is baked – a ring-shaped mould with a scalloped edge. This brown sugar version drizzled with pretty white icing is simple and delicious.

Blueberry sour cream loaf cake

The blueberries in this wonderfully soft, moist loaf cake become irresistibly juicy and tender with baking. For an extra treat, serve with a generous dollop of sour cream.

Creamy coconut cake

Rich with the flavour of coconut, this pretty, white cake is topped off perfectly with a sharp, zesty cream cheese icing.

Plum streusel cake

The combination of delicately flavoured vanilla cake with tangy, juicy plums and nutty hazelnut streusel is divine in this simple coffee cake. Serve in big wedges with a fork.

Honey & ricotta cheesecake

This sweet, honeyed cheesecake with a pine nut base retains the wonderfully distinctive texture of ricotta with the added creaminess of mascarpone.

Strawberries & cream scones

Make sure you leave plenty of room at the end of the meal for one – or more - of these indulgent treats, as they’re impossible to resist. Make the scones ahead and assemble with the cream and strawberries about 30 minutes before serving.

Orange & almond cake

Fresh and light, with a tender almond texture, this is the perfect cake for anyone avoiding wheat or gluten. Serve it for tea or dessert – it’s good either way.

Moroccan-style yoghurt cake

This light and fluffy gluten-free cake is not unlike a cheesecake in taste and texture. Inspired by a classic moroccan sweet, it is delicious served for dessert, drizzled with clear honey.

Choux ring with strawberries & blueberries

You can pipe the choux onto the baking parchment or simply shape it with two spoons, but make sure the individual puffs are butted up close against each other.

Strawberry cream pie

A gorgeous taste of summer, this pie would be perfect for a party in the garden on a sunny day. Do not add the sliced strawberries for decoration until just before serving or juices will run from the fruit and spoil the appearance of the crème fraîche.

Individual raspberry soufflés

If you don’t have ramekins, you could use ovenproof tea or coffee cups or other containers with straight sides. The shape of the cups is important, because if the sides slope outward the soufflés won’t rise properly.

Banoffee cheesecake

Leaving the cheesecake to cool slowly in the oven will help prevent the top from cracking, but if it does, just cover the cracks with cream when you decorate it.

Apricot–pistachio tarte tatin

A variation on the famous French tart named after the sisters who, so the story goes, cooked their favourite apple tart upside down by mistake. When inverting the cooked tart onto a serving plate, be sure the plate is large enough to prevent any hot caramel splashing over your hands.

How does your garden grow?

Even if you don’t have green fingers, you can still have a garden atop a cupcake.

Sweet ricotta tart

Variations of this tart are prepared all over Italy in celebration of Easter.

Spring flower cake

This light, fresh, lemony layer cake is perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day. Alternatively, make it as a gift to take to a spring lunch party or enjoy it with guests.

Fudge-centred cookie bites

With a base of chocolate cookie and a filling of gooey fudge, this delectable cookie will have everyone asking for the recipe.

Pineapple upside-down cake

Everyone loves this retro classic, with its delicious flavour and melting golden texture.

Delicious fruit cake

This simple technique gives wonderfully moist results. The dried fruit plumps up in the tea before being baked in the cake, creating a cake packed with juicy, tangy fruit.

Chocolate gateau

This chocolate gateau is rich and creamy with the refreshing bite of fresh fruit.

Chocolate victoria sandwich

This classic cake is enjoyed by everyone, and is ideal for cake sales as it can be sold whole or by the slice.

Madeira cake

Sometimes the simplest cakes are the best, and this plain, golden, lemony loaf is no exception. It was traditionally served with a glass of madeira wine in the nineteenth century (hence its name). It’s just as delicious with a cup of tea or coffee.

Pumpkin & pecan muffins

These are moist and flavoured with autumn spices.

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