25 Snacks to munch whilst watching the Great British Bake Off - and some yummy recipes!
If you're enjoying watching the Great British Bake Off at the moment (who isn't?!) then you're probably feeling tempted by all the delicious baked goods parading in front of your eyes on every episode. The good news is that you can treat yourself and indulge in baked goods like pies, cakes and scones now and again, provided your diet is healthy 90% of the time and you're taking regular exercise to stay fit. Why not make the Great British Bake Off day your cheat day and pig out on your favourite sweet and savoury baked treats? Baking is also a great chance to get the kids involved in the kitchen, and make something yummy that everyone can enjoy. We've got 25 tempting snacks for you to fill your face with, so get stuck in and enjoy the show!
#1. Freshly Baked Bread
There's nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread, whether you prefer a traditional loaf or sourdough. This courgette and mushroom bread is packed with vitamins and is a tasty accompaniment to soup or can be enjoyed warm with butter. Or how about this easy no-knead recipe that's ideal for bread beginners? Sourdough bread can be tricky to master because of the starter - give this cheat's version a go to fill your home with the aroma of baking bread as the next episode of the Great British Bake Off starts!
#2. Jam Tarts
This quintessential British teatime treat is the perfect addition to your cheat day. You can even make your own jam for the filling, if you like! We love our jam tarts with lemon curd, but you can fill them with any jam of your choice. Get the recipe here.
A good Devon cream tea calls for scones with plenty of butter, jam and clotted cream. Or just enjoy yours warm from the oven with the spread of your choice. Plain, cheese or even treacle scones are the ideal treat for your day off healthy eating. Try this classic recipe for Devonshire scones, from Mary Berry, or make some cheese scones for a savoury snack.
#4. Cheese Straws
Speaking of savoury snacks, how about some crunchy, savoury cheddar cheese straws to munch on in front of the telly? Flaky and buttery, these go down as well with kids as they do with adults. Try this recipe - it's sure to become a favourite.
Forget Krispy Kremes, making your own doughnuts at home is so much fun and you'll avoid artificial ingredients, even if they are still loaded with fat and sugar (it's cheat day, after all!) Classic jam-filled round doughnuts are a popular choice, served fresh and warm, or make some of Jamie Oliver's spiced doughnuts with colourful glazes.
#6. Apple Pie and Custard
Mmm, comfort food at its best - apple pie and custard! The traditional apple pie is a simple recipe that's easy for anyone to make. We love this recipe from BBC Good Food which we recommend serving with homemade custard. Custard can be quite tricky to make, but give this recipe a try and let us know how you get on!
We're huge fans of sweet potato brownies, but on cheat day, nothing but a classic sugar and butter-laden brownie will do. Take things to the next level with these delicious salted caramel brownies or make some of Jamie's Bloomin' Brilliant Brownies - keep them for yourself or share with friends and family!
#8. Chocolate Eclairs
Even if you're not usually a huge pastry fan, there's something really tempting about chocolate eclairs. Once you've learned how to make choux pastry, you can move on to making profiteroles too, if you like! Give this recipe a go, and keep practising!
No doubt there's a cupcake bakery in your area - in London, we're really spoilt for choice and there are even vegan-friendly cupcake shops popping up across the city! But there's nothing quite as satisfying as making your own cupcakes, and icing them is a huge part of the experience. Get the whole family involved and make a batch of these Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes that are perfect for summer, or try some pretty Rose and Almond cupcakes, ideal for celebrations. Of course, learning how to make Red Velvet Cupcakes is essential!
#10. Sticky Toffee Pudding
Whether you prefer yours with or without dates, sticky toffee pudding is one of the UK's most popular puds, and for good reason! Creamy, sticky, sweet and delicious, it's ideal served alone or with custard, cream or ice cream. For date lovers, this classic recipe is one of the best we've found, whilst if you prefer to leave out the dates, try this recipe.
Flapjacks can be a healthy choice, but you don't need to worry too much about that on cheat day - after all, your diet is healthy the rest of the time, so treat yourself! Traditional British flapjacks with butter and golden syrup are a sweet, sticky delight, and they're one of the easiest snacks on this list to make. For a twist on the classic recipe, these salted caramel fudge flapjacks are really naughty and indulgent!
Mastered choux pastry? Then you can whip up a tower of profiteroles in next to nho time - trust us, they're really fun to make, and to eat! These pistachio cream-filled profiteroles are delicious whilst Mary Berry's chocolate profiteroles recipe is also a good place to start.
Once you've learned how to make Scottish shortbread, you may never buy it in the shops again! Rich and sugary, it's perfect dunked in your mug of tea whilst you sit back and enjoy the show. Give this recipe a go and let us know what you think!
#14. Victoria Sponge
The classic Victoria Sponge, or Victoria Sandwich, is an afternoon-tea staple and can be used as the basis for a range of celebratory cakes. In its simplest form it's perfect served after some sandwiches with a pot of tea or even a cup of coffee. Two sponge cakes sandwiched together with jam (and optional whipped cream) and dusted with icing sugar. Simple and scrummy!
Everybody loves cookies, and making your own is actually pretty easy to do - and addictive. We love these chocolate chip cookies, with a squidgy centre, and these American-style chocolate cherry cookies. Or why not give these macadamia and cranberry cookies a go?
#16. Chocolate Fondant
As anyone who is a fan of cookery shows such as MasterChef knows, chocolate fondants are incredibly hard to get right - you want a solid, cake-y outside and an oozing, chocolatey middle. If you're brave enough to give a fondant a go, this recipe from Gordon Ramsay is the one to try. Just make sure you have a practice run first if you're baking for friends and family!
Gingerbread isn't just for Christmas, and here at Expertrain HQ, we love a sweet, sticky, spicy gingerbread loaf (think Jamaica Gingerbread). This classic recipe is easy to make and so delicious sliced and served with some butter, or on its own. Give it a try!
#18. Lemon Drizzle Cake
A favourite recipe for all ages, zesty lemon drizzle cake is the perfect cake to enjoy when you've eaten too many brownies. Just make sure you don't demolish the whole cake in one go!
There's nothing quite like cheesecake, with its buttery biscuit crumb and creamy topping, and you'll find loads of different recipes, from fruit cheesecakes to indulgent chocolate and caramel ones. One of our favourite recipes has to be this chocolate hazelnut cheesecake but we're also huge fans of baked raspberry and lemon cheesecake and classic New York cheesecake. For something a ltitle different, this passionfruit cheesecake traybake will go down a treat!
#20. Rhubarb Crumble
Whether you grow your own or pick some up from the market or supermarket, the sharp flavour of rhubarb is perfect served with a buttery crumble topping. We believe that classic recipes are the best, and the Expertrain team loves this recipe packed with sugar, butter and of course, rhubarb.
#21. Quiche Lorraine
If it's a savoury snack you're after, quiche lorraine is a great British classic and it's actually surpringly easy to make, once you get the hang of it. Use a food processor (if you have one) to make the pastry and ensure you buy high-quality ingredients for the classic Gruyere, egg and bacon filling. Serve hot or cold.
#22. Vegetable Tart
Vegetable tarts are versatile and the whole family can get stuck in. This onion tart is packed with flavour and easy to make, and we love these herbed goat's cheese and summer vegetable tarts, made with buttery puff pastry for a really yummy treat. Once you've made your puff pastry, you can top with whatever veggies you like.
The traybake is an afternoon tea staple, and there are so many different varieties you can try making at home that you'll never get bored! These nutty florentine bars with shortbread, cherries, nuts and dark chocolate, are really yummy whilst Millionaire's Shortbread is a classic that everyone loves. Rich, buttery shortbread topped with oozing caramel and chocolate. Or why not make some carrot cake that can be cut into squares and served to friends and family?
#24. Bread and Butter Pudding
Made well, there's nothing like a good bread and butter pudding, served with homemade custard. Some people add bananas, figs or even whisky to their bread and butter pudding, but our favourite is the traditional version, which is best made with day-old bread. Add some cinnamon for extra spice.
Whoever wins this year, it's sure to be a great competition, with loads of baking inspiration - even for those who are new to baking! We hope you have fun making some of these recipes at home; let us know what your favourites are.