Winter is upon us and what better to do on a damp, cold Yorkshire winter day than enjoy a spot of baking. It’s time to dust off the scales and channel your inner Mary Berry and bake up some Wintery Wonders.
Delicious Apple Crumble with a Twist
Coming home after a winter walk to a roast dinner followed by Apple Crumble is one of the pure joys of being English in winter. We love Delia’s Apple and Almond Crumble as the nutty taste is heavenly with lashings of custard.
Toasted Teacakes by the Fire
When the weather keeps you stuck in doors you’ve got plenty of time to make bread dough. Even better, enjoying the fruits of your labour with melted butter wrapped up and cosy by the fire is a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you’re a Great British Bake Off fan, then Paul Hollywood’s Teacake Recipe won’t leave you disappointed.
Plums are in abundance at the moment, so make the most of the hoard and get baking this delicious Easy Plum Cake. With its rich colour and fruity flavours this will soon become a family favourite. Serve with whipped cream or a dollop of sweetened mascarpone rippled with your favourite tipple.
Baking with the Best
No baking ideas list would be complete without an offering from the nation’s favourite: Mary Berry. With winter upon us, you don’t need much excuse for a wonderfully moist fruit cake, but if you do, then then Mary Berry’s Classic Fruit Cake recipe doubles up brilliantly as an excellent Christmas Cake mix. A cold winter’s day and lacing a cake mix with stewed dried fruit is a perfect combination.
Don’t Forget the Young Ones
If you’re stuck inside on a chilly day and looking for inspiration to keep the kids out of mischief, then baking is the easiest go-to activity. Not only can you have fun and learning in the process, but the end result is always guaranteed to bring a smile to little faces. A classic easy baking recipe for kids is the old English favourite, Jam Tarts. We love this recipe by Nigella Lawson. It’s a Chocolate Fudge Cake that is rich and decadent, and just perfect for kicking off the slippers and enjoying snug in the sofa over a cuppa with friends.
Whatever you decide to bake, have fun in the kitchen. The best baking comes from love and passion, as we at Vale of Mowbray know!