Want, knead, love: Real, down-to-earth bread baking

alex gooch baker | the simple things

There’s something about bread that is so fundamental, so magical, so right. Our passionate baker boy, Alex Gooch, is here to pass on his bread baking knowhow.

Recipe: Chocolate fridge cake

chocolate fridge cake recipe | the simple things

No need to bake in August with our indulgent chocolate fridge cake.

Win a KitchenAid or Aga mixer, plus sponge cake recipe

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If you share our love of simple cooking pleasures, like baking a sponge cake or whipping up super-thin crepes, you’re in luck! We’re giving away two Betty Twyford mixers. 

World Baking Day: cake recipes

Photography: Kirsty Hale

It’s World Baking Day, and we’re celebrating with our favourite cake recipes.

Food from afar: Bomboloni

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Bomboloni: delightful to say, even more delightful to eat. And possibly even onomatopoeic, if you attempt to exclaim “bloomin’ lovely!” while you’re eating them! Doughnuts fulfil a basic human craving the world over and countless countries have their own spin on them – there’s the French beignet, the Turkish tulumba and the Israeli sufganiya to name but a fraction…. Continue reading

Recipe: Brioche hot cross buns

Brioche hot cross buns | The Simple Things

Get everyone’s favourites on the table with our laid-back Easter brunch, featuring a new take on an old classic: brioche hot cross buns

Recipe: Dark chocolate and raspberry tarts

recipe for dark chocolate and raspberry tarts from the Simple Things magazine

With four cake and biscuit recipes to choose from, April’s issue of The Simple Things is a baker’s dream come true. Want more? These dark chocolate and raspberry tarts are pastry perfection

Recipe: Make Madeleines for Mother's Day

Madeleines recipe, The Simple Things

Make your mother’s day with a batch of madeleines, fresh from the oven, with our recipe 

Moroccan feast

Photography and recipes Chantelle Grady

Scatter the cushions and get on the floor for a zesty, aromatic supper that’s made for sharing. Food stylist and photographer Chantelle Grady produces exclusive recipes and sumptuous photography for a ten page feature in the magazine this month. Try her spiced coffee and almond fekka recipe tonight. SPICED COFFEE Your cafetiére won’t know what’s… Continue reading

Lily Vanilli's top five baking tips

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What better way to spend Easter break than baking? But, before you head into the kitchen take note of these top tips from book author and baker Lily Vanilli. – Don’t skip the science bit – read up on how baking works, understanding why a particular method is in place will make you a much… Continue reading