7 Bakes for the Weekend

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7 Bakes to Make This Weekend

Everyone who’s anyone knows that weekends are for baking. Easy Saturday mornings kneading , whisking and beating away the week’s stresses – what could be better?

But are you at a lose as to what to make? I know, as someone who bakes a lot, I can run out of inspiration. So, I was good enough to put together a list of some of my favourite go-to baking recipes for times when I can’t think of what to make. From the easiest bakes, to something that’s a little more challenging, there’s something for everyone!

The Easy Bake

Everyone needs a really simple bake that’s ready in a matter of minutes. That’s where my Rose Apple Pies come in. Puff Pastry, Apples, Cinnamon and Sugar come together for a flaky, fruity and delicious sweet treat.

Rose Apple Pies

The Afternoon Tea

I love afternoon tea, so of course I have more than one recipe that falls into this category. Anything that goes great with a cuppa works well here, but two of my favourites are just perfection with a steaming hot cup of tea.

Devonshire Split Buns combine a soft, sweet bun with jam and cream. A good sprinkling of icing sugar completes the look nicely. This English afternoon tea classic is perfect on a cold Sunday afternoon.

Devonshire Split Cream Buns

Another favourite of mine are my Earl Grey, Honey & Lemon Madeleines. While they’re not as substantial as the Cream Buns, they’re dainty, pretty, and packed full of flavour.

Plus, they’re dead easy to make and ready pretty quickly. That’s always a plus!

Earl Grey, Lemon and Honey Madeleines

The French Classics

You can never go wrong with some classic french recipes. Of course, these aren’t always straightforward, but to start off I’ve picked one that pretty much anyone can manage.

Apple & Hazelnut Frangipane Tart is a perfect weekend bake. It’s sweet, with a gently acidity from the apples cutting through the sugar. To top it off, it’s rounded out by a wonderful, nutty hazelnut flavour. What a perfect weekend treat.

Apple and Hazelnut Frangipane Tart

The second classic French recipe are Canel├ęs de Bordeaux. These present a slightly more difficult challenge, so they’re perfect if you’re looking to tackle something a bit more intricate this is the way to go.

They’re so different, in taste, texture, and technique, and are well worth the effort.

Caneles Bordeaux

The Breads

No weekend is complete without some great bread. Whether it’s soft or crusty, buttered or plain, bread is always good. Again, I’ve got two recipes here that are perfect weekend bakes. 

The first is a classic. A beautiful Brioche, but in a different form. Apricot & Pecan Craquelines are made with a Brioche base, but filled with luscious apricot jam, and topped with a crispy, sweet pecan mixture.

I cannot overstate how good these things are.

Apricot and Pecan Craquelines Brioche

Ok. So this next one (and last one) isn’t for the feint hearted. We all know bread can be a little bit of hard work, but these baguettes were quite tough.

The result, however. Oh my god was it good.

Crusty, crispy outside, chewy soft interior – just how a baguette should be. This recipe uses an 80% hydration technique, which does make kneading a bit trickier than usual, but if you’re up for the challenge, the result is well worth it.

French Baguette 80% Hydration

Weekend baking should be enjoyable, and at the end of the day, it’s all about de-stressing, relaxing, and getting some great grub at the end. Try something new, enjoy it, and (whatever happens) get stuck into what comes out of the oven at the end!

Happy Baking!

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