Hooked on Bake Off already? Then it’s time to clear some shelf space, because a new batch of baking books has just landed, and they’re seriously good. From Paul Hollywood-approved recipes to artisan approaches to grain-free baking, the latest releases provide the perfect opportunity to don that apron and get creative in the kitchen. Mary Berry eat your heart out.
Bake Off fans will devour the series’ newest book, ideal for whether you want to whip up a quick batch of easy biscuits or spend your time making a breathtaking showstopper. Recreate the contestant’s best offerings from the show, as well as classics from both Mary and Paul.
Recreate your favourite childhood recipes with the help of Homemade Memories, packed with enough sugar-dusted memories to last a lifetime. We particularly like the sound of the Peanut Butter Jammie Dodgers and Peach Melba Baked Alaska - childhood treats that have been reinvented with an irresistible homemade twist.
Remember runner-up on Great British Bake Off 2012, James Morton? If you do you may well have already snapped up his first book, Brilliant Bread, and his second release How Baking Works, is worth a read too. Loved for his uniquely creative approach to baking, Morton spells out the basics of how to create light cakes, squidgy brownies, perfect pastry, stress-free macarons and mountainous meringues with his mini-masterclasses.
Delving into the super-sweet world of American home-baking, the Hummingbird Bakery’s new collection of recipes covers everything from classics you know and love – think Buttermilk Pancakes and Lemon Pie – to new discoveries like an indulgent Lady Baltimore cake, sticky Molasses Pecan Crumb Cake, and a chocolate cake with a twist. Definitely one for a pig-out weekend…
Former chefs and BFFs Alex Hofler and Stacey O’Gorman have officially turned meringues into the coolest confectionery in town, with clients including Whistles, Alexander McQueen and Marie Claire. It’s all about the girls’ rainbow-hued meringue kisses, but in this new tome they’ve also stepped it up a gear with recipes like Raspberry and Lemon Layer Cake decorated with Splattered Buttercream and Persian Fairy floss (yes, really) and Flavoured Honeycombs. Yum.
Grain-free bakers will love this gluten-free, Paleo-inspired selection of recipes from Jenni Hulet – a cook with over two decades of experience in traditional and modern patisserie baking. Take notes from the resourceful chapters on healthy baking and have a go for yourself with the array of delicious options (matcha green tea cream puffs with ganache, anyone?) that prove you don’t need to give up baking if you’re gluten intolerant.