Sweet Recipes

Sweet Recipes

  1. Vanessa's Pandoro, a Cake for Christmas

    We challenged Vanessa Kimbell to come up with a Pandoro recipe in time for Christmas that would be achievable and reliable - if a little more challenging than our usual recipes. She has come up trumps with a delightfully light cake that does use your sourdough starter for that authentic, complex flavour. Continue reading →
  2. Panettone - tricky but reliable

    Panettone - tricky but reliable
    Another recipe from our resident expert, Vanessa Kimbell. Vanessa has come up with an exhaustively tested recipe that although quite challenging is an achievable version of panettone that you will love to eat and impress your friends and family. You can get all the ingredients and the panettone cases needed (except for the basic larder ingredients) in our BakeryBits Panettone Kit. If you need a sourdough starter, then add our San Francisco starter. Continue reading →
  3. Portuguese Custard Tarts

    Custard TartsA recipe courtesy of Vanessa Kimbell which taste fantastic, especially if, like me, you slightly over-bake them like I did as the custard takes on a caramel flavour. You may want to make a double portion of these. Continue reading →
  4. Sourdough Scotch pancakes

    Sourdough Scotch pancakes
    This recipe comes from Vanessa Kimbell, our resident baking expert. More often than not I am asked what to do with the leftover starter that is normally discarded after refreshing sourdough starter ready for some bread baking. It seems a shame when it’s still relatively fresh and has developed such a lovely sour flavour to just throw it away. Continue reading →
  5. Brilliant Brioche with Angus McCaig

    Brioche is a simple yet versatile bread, perfect for making into different shapes and providing a good base for additional flavours. We've teamed up with Angus McCaig, Head Chef at The Holt, Honiton, to create an authentic brioche baguette recipe. Continue reading →
  6. Spelt Banana muffins with white chocolate, pecans and streusel topping

    Lucy Parissi shares her banana muffin recipe The Holt Bakery - Bag These muffins can be put together in a matter of minutes – they are incredibly easy and oh-so-tasty. The ground almonds and coconut make them incredibly moist, while the streusel topping provides crunch.They are quite versatile too - leave the desiccated coconut out if you prefer and replace with oatbran or flour. Hate white chocolate? Replace with milk/dark chocolate or raisins or leave out altogether. If you don't have spelt flour you can use plain or wholemeal flour instead.  Do use coconut oil if you can - apart from being healthy, it lends a lovely fragrance to the muffins. Continue reading →
  7. Perfect Pandoro

    If making Pandoro sounds like a lot of effort to go to for Christmas .. you’d be entirely wrong. This straightforward recipe from food writer Vanessa Kimbell may not be the 3-day process that the original recipe comes from, but as she says in her house it took about three minutes to devour so she recommends making two at the...
  8. Homemade Vanilla Extract

    Vanilla extract is a ubiquitous ingredient in cakes - it's an ingredient in virtually everyone's kitchen. Why not make your own? It is really, really easy to do and you can customise it too. The extract takes about 8 weeks to make - no heating or factory processing needed here. The first thing you need to get is some attractive...
  9. Apricot Loaf with Fermented Dough

    White bread made from stoneground flour tastes great. Add a little rye flour to it and it tastes even greater. Use fermented dough to raise the bread and it is greater still. Now, add some dried apricots and it is the greatest. This recipe comes from Panibois, the French manufacturers of the wooden baking moulds commonly seen in France in...
  10. No Hassle Honey and Vanilla Ice-Cream

    It is fairly warm outside and the kids are off school so what better than an easy home-made ice-cream? This is a no-hassle ice-cream, made with very few ingredients - no stabilizers, emulsifiers, vegetable oils or any of that nonsense commonly used in mass-produced ice-cream. Read More