If those elaborate creations send a shiver down you spin, don't give up. Try some of these recipes.. they're child's play

Inspired to have a go at baking but a bit overwhelmed by the gorgeous creations on the telly? Well we’ve got the recipes to get you started. Ideal for beginners, time-poor cooks and would-be family bakers, master the simple techniques in these recipes and whatever you want to bake will be a piece of cake.

 

1. Victoria sponge

Don’t be daunted by this most traditional of teatime treats, making a Victoria sponge is actually very straightforward. For a rich, buttery, yet light crumb let the baking powder do the work.

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2. Oaty banana mini muffins

Not only are these super-easy mini muffins perfect for getting the kids involved in the kitchen, they’re a tasty way to use up ripe bananas, too.

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3. Sticky apricot flapjacks

Everyone loves a fruity flapjack, and there’s a secret ingredient in these gluten-free treats which makes them extra special (and extra sticky) but still super-simple to make.

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4. Triple chocolate cookies

Crispy around the edges with a slightly chewy centre and loaded with three types of chocolate (plus cocoa), these tempting treats take just 22 minutes from mixing to munching.

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5. Cottage loaf

Some types of bread are difficult to make well, but this recipe is perfect for a first-time baker (and once it’s on the table it’s up to you how tricky you tell everyone it was).

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6. Pork and apple sausage rolls

How good do these sausage rolls look? Would you believe that with some ready-made pastry and half an hour in the kitchen you could have your very own batch in the oven? Well it’s true and you can!

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7. Shortbread

This simple recipe for shortbread is delicious left plain and easily adapted to include your favourite ingredients. How about chocolate chips for Christmas or lavender for summer tea parties?

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8. Scones

The cornerstone of a cream tea, one reason scones are so popular is that they’re a doddle to make. The only real question is whether you put the cream or the jam on first…

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9. Lemon drizzle cakes

When it comes to whether drizzle is a bad thing, but add it to a lemony cake and you’ve created a modern classic. This recipe makes eight individual mini loaves in just 35 minutes.

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10. Chocolate cake

Beautiful to behold but easy to make, this indulgent chocolate creation makes a cracking centrepiece for a tea party and is showy enough for a birthday treat.

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11. Tea cake

With plump tea-soaked fruit and dark, rich crumb, this substantial style of cake has been making a well-deserved comeback. Long may it last, we say (it’ll be longer than this loaf lasts, at any rate).

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