There are currently many excited people around the UK as tonight the second episode of The Great British Bake Off will be broadcast. With perfect timing, I’m sharing the second part of my top 10 baking blogs. This week I’ve included a few blogs for people who can’t eat gluten, as I know watching GBBO can be especially torturous when everything the bakers are creating is totally off limits. The blogs below prove that you don’t need to miss out even if certain ingredients are a no-no for you.
And so, without further ado, here is part 2 of my top 10 baking blogs:
6. She Who Eats (shewhoeats.blogspot.co.uk)
This is a very pretty blog with lots of very pretty pictures. She Who Eats is also not your bog standard recipe blog; it’s more about an exploration of different flavours, sometimes with recipes included. You can clearly see Chika’s Japanese heritage in the styling and the flavours – amanatsu tartlets anyone? The recipes focus very much on seasonal ingredients and how to use them in different ways. Each recipe post offers a number of possibilities and reveal’s Chika’s process for developing her recipes. There are also options for making your own tweaks. I love her attention to detail in describing her creations, from granola through to lychee liqueur (one small warning though – it’s not so easy to navigate around the different blog posts!)
Star recipe: Strawberry Pistachio Tart
7. The Boy Who Bakes (www.theboywhobakes.co.uk)
I thought I should include at least one man in my baking blog list – especially when that man is Edd Kimber, winner of the first series of The Great British Bake Off. Edd has 3 books and numerous television appearances under his belt. He also writes for a number of publications. Edd’s site covers some decorating basics and I suggest checking out Funfetti Dino if you have any kid’s parties coming up. This is the new version of Edd’s site so a lot of older recipes aren’t on here, but there’s still a good selection and lots of beautiful photography.
Star recipe: Blood Orange Jaffa Cakes
8. Not Quite Nigella (www.notquitenigella.com)
Lorraine Elliott – otherwise known as Not Quite Nigella – is Sydney born and bred. She is a self-affirmed cake and food enthusiast. Lorraine has a huge following, which is not surprising given the extensive list of recipes on her blog and the big, tasty pictures spread across her site. Not everything is sweet, but the baking recipes make up a large proportion of the recipes. Lorraine has nice short but engaging intros to her recipes and her instructions are easy to follow. She also has some more unusual recipes, including a bacon maple cheesecake. And The Walking Dead Zombie Cookies made me laugh.
Star recipe: Rich, Dense and Fudgy Black Sesame & Chocolate Cake
9. My Darling Lemon Thyme (www.mydarlinglemonthyme.com)
I have a bit of a soft spot for Emma Galloway’s blog as she lives in my home town of Perth, Australia (not Scotland as I had to emphasise to someone the other night). My Darling Lemon Thyme is all about vegetarian, gluten free recipes that aren’t taste free. I’ve made quite a few recipes from this blog; the quinoa Anzac biscuits are one of the best gluten free biscuit recipes I’ve come across, though I do tend to reduce the sugar. As with Not Quite Nigella, there are quite a few savoury recipes too, along with some lovely general lifestyle posts (have a look at the ‘a few of my favourite things’ lists).
Star recipe: Mulberry Lemon Yoghurt Tart
This is another great blog for anyone with special dietary requirements – the clue is in the name. The blogger behind the recipes is 19 year old Norwegian, Solveig, who can trace the roots of her veganism back to age 8 when she initially became vegetarian. There is a really good range of recipes that should cover most people’s tastes, from waffles to layer cakes. I also really like the selection of (non-sweet) vegan breads. Many of the recipes have a nice rustic edge, which lends the blog a very natural feel. There’s also a helpful guide to vegan living for anyone interested in learning more.
Star recipe: Sinless Gluten-Free Tiramisu
(Unfortunately Solveig’s site is no longer available)
Find Part 1 of my top 10 here. I’d also love to hear where you get your baking inspiration.