Winter goodies – baking inspo

We don’t know about you, but we love it when it when the chilly days start arriving since it gives us a chance to indulge in seriously delicious baked treats! Although of course shop-bought biscuits, cakes and more are tasty and undoubtedly convenient, they simply cannot match treats that you have baked yourself.

Thanks to shows like The Great British Bake-off and baking legends like Mary Berry (who is pretty much the reigning queen of British baking!) more of us than ever are dusting our hands with flour and getting down to it. And it’s not even like you need major culinary skills to achieve great results in baking – all you really have to be able to do is read and follow a recipe! Now that the cold weather is here to stay, here are some of our favourite winter goodies that you should try whipping up.

Sugar Cookies

One of the easiest recipes out there, sugar cookies are so simple that even kids can make them. Using basic ingredients like flour, baking powder, eggs, butter and sugar, there are loads of recipes for this simple recipe out there. The wonderful thing about it is the fact that it is better if it’s chilled so you can make a batch and stick it in the fridge until you want to bake.

The major reason though as to why we’re such fans of sugar cookies is because they are perfect for cutting out cool shapes and then icing. Pick fun wintry designs like fir trees and use icing or icing pens to decorate. Delicious, cute and definitely Instagram worthy!

Fruity Oatmeal Muffins

For those chilly mornings make your breakfast-time that little bit brighter by making some of delicious oatmeal muffins. We all know that oats are a great breakfast food for keeping us full so with this recipe you can make them that little bit more exciting. Take a basic muffin recipe, add a dash more baking powder to support the oats, and then add some of your favourite fruit. This could be a mashed banana, some blackcurrants or whatever takes your fancy really. These muffins can also be frozen meaning you can make a batch at the weekend or during your free time and then defrost in the microwave when you fancy one.

Spiced Tiffin

So tiffin is actually a fridge-bake which means the most baking you’ll have to do is some melting. Tiffin is wonderfully versatile and really quick to prepare then put in the fridge to set overnight. To make it a bit more seasonal though, why not add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger to the mixture to give it a lovely fragrant flavour that is just right for winter. This is another kid-friendly recipe, and you can guarantee that the whole family is going to love it!

For more baking inspiration, then you should keep an eye out for those free supermarket recipe mags and check out Pinterest too. There is a whole world of baking out there and now is a great time to get into it.

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