Find the best baking recipes here, and discover how baking is used to cook so much more than just bread! In the Middle Ages in Britain, baking was a luxury that not very many people could enjoy, as ovens were not commonplace in households. Those who were lucky enough to have an oven mostly baked bread and, not surprisingly, it was a case of the more money you had, the better the quality of your bread.
Today, most people probably associate baking with sweet things such as cakes and cookies, but those really only became popularised in Britain in the 16th and 17th centuries. Globalisation introduced new spices and flavours, and economic growth and the resulting emergence of the middle class meant that more people had the means to emulate the upper classes and think about baking things to eat other than bread.
Popular baked goods, such as mince pies and gingerbread as we know it, only really emerged during the late 17th century, with cheap sugar and refined flour becoming available. Prior to that, mince pies were literally made with mince - that is, minced beef or mutton. And gingerbread was made with breadcrumbs.
Baking nowadays is most likely associated with celebrations - birthdays, holidays and other festive events. Especially with children, baking is almost de rigueur, as with every celebration I'm expected to produce baked goods!
I do love to bake, despite not having a particularly sweet tooth myself, and the wonderful aromas that fill the kitchen always invoke a certain nostalgia in me. I find baking an incredibly mindful activity, although I have certainly had my fair share of kitchen disasters! Lucky for you, I have narrowed it down and selected only the best baking recipes to share with you.
Take a look at our collection of best baking recipes below. We have tried and loved so many recipes over the years, which I'll gradually be adding to the collection.
Healthy and super easy to make, you'll never want to go back to shop bought varieties again.
No need to wait for that one time of year to eat this traditional Chinese New Year treat - make it at home to have all year round!
It's surprisingly easy to make your own red bean paste at home for use in all your favourite baking recipes.
For all the lemon lovers out there, this deliciously moist sponge cake is for you.
Both fruity and nutty, these sweet little biscuits also offer plenty of protein and fibre, so you can enjoy them without the guilt!
Get into the festive spirit with a batch of gingerbread cookies, and let the delicious aromas fill your kitchen.
Try this easy royal icing recipe for all your baking and confectionary needs.
This is a seasonal twist on a classic dish and is so quick and easy to make.
So deliciously decadent, you'd never guess what was missing.
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