Lockdown favourites – dessert recipes to try at home
We have all seen the gorgeous banana bread and sourdough loaves gracing our social media feeds – and we say “power to you!” Why not try your hand at some edible wonders or some heavenly hobbies while you are adjusting to your new normal?
Here are a few ideas for you to try if you are feeling productive and you have a little bit of time on your hands:
Still one of the most impressive ways to use ripe bananas and make something that is practically universally appreciated – enter the classic banana loaf. Especially if you are looking for a way to garner social media appreciation because more than anything else, banana bread is revered as a classic household bake.
Not only is this one of the simplest recipes to try, but it’s also so unbelievably satisfying to eat. This is definitely something you should give a try if you have a little extra time on your hands and of course a few ripe bananas.
Tip: Add cinnamon, chopped nuts or chocolate chips for added WOW factor. Top it with one of your favourite icing recipes and it’s absolutely stellar.
Fudge is one of those memory invoking treats for many people. Ooften the first pudding that kids learn to bake at home, this one must be done just for nostalgia’s sake. The sweet, buttery goodness of fudge can only be topped off by adding crushed biscuits if you really want to make it luxe, otherwise it’s pretty close to food perfection – well certainly from a child’s perspective.
Tip: Add some cocoa powder and it’s instantly chocolate flavoured.
If you have ripe, medium to hard textured fruit such as apples, pears, berries, plums, nectarines, apricots or peaches in your fridge or pantry, then this is one of the simplest desserts you can make. The reward level is about as high as it gets.
This recipe is perfect for beginner-level bakers because it uses very few techniques.
It’s a warm dessert that is so delicious and pretty darn easy to make, which is why it’s definitely on the lockdown baking bucket list.
Tip: Use canned fruit if you don’t have any fresh fruit, just make sure to thoroughly drain off the excess juice or syrup.
For golden dinner rolls to delicious soda bread, there is nothing quite like the feeling of creating your very own leavened creation, simply because you can. Bread is one of those staples that are typically not that easy to make, but it rallies loads of appreciation – making it all the more rewarding. Enjoy warm bread with lashings of spread and jam or to mop up a tasty soup or gravy, the options are endless.
Tip: If you are not in the mood for a traditionally baked bread, turn your dough into golden vetkoeks by frying them. No matter your skill level or your gadgets, there is something out there for everyone. So come on, get with us. For recipes, tips and baking ideas, download our Stork Heritage Bake Book or visit our Stork Bake Masterclasses to help you discover the baker inside.