Bake Off inspired recipes to try at home

25 October 2016

If the latest series of The Great British Bake Off has inspired you to fire up the oven and get stuck into some baking, then you'll love our Bake Off inspired recipes to try at home.

If you're a fan of the show, you'll know that each week contestants have to show off a different baking skill and as the latest series comes to a close, we've pulled together some of our favourite Bake Off-esque recipes.

We know that one of the best things about moving into a new Bovis Home is the ability to start enjoying your new kitchen straight away. So whether you want to whip up a batch of tea time favourites with the kids or are looking to create a stand-out dessert for the first dinner party in your new abode, then look no further.

Batter | Pull off the perfect Yorkshires

The perfect Yorkshires

Nothing beats a proper roast on a Sunday, and cooking a roast dinner from scratch is a great way to get to grips with all the gadgets your new kitchen has to offer.

While some bakers failed to get the perfect rise on Batter Week, you can ensure you pull off the very best Yorkshires for your family and friends with this fool-proof guide to creating the perfect pudding. Here's an award-winning Yorkshire pudding recipe courtesy of Chris Blackburn, the reigning world Yorkshire pudding champion!


Pastry | Indulge in delicious Danish brunches

Delicious Danish brunches

You don't need to create the bakers' signature croque monsieur kites or mega breakfast bonanzas to raise breakfast stakes this weekend. You can wow your family and guests by turning patisserie chef for the morning and whipping up a delicious selection of Danish pastries.
This three danish pastries recipe from bakingmad.com features apricot, sultana and raisin fillings, and proves you don't need to be a Star Baker to create tasty breakfast treats.

Bread | Bake a tear 'n' share centrepiece

Bake a tear 'n' share centrepiece

Just like this year's bakers, you too can create show-stopping centrepieces fit for any dinner table. Tear 'n' share loaves are a perfect accompaniment to all sorts of starters and mains, and are great for more informal gatherings and dinner parties. Plus, your guests are bound to be impressed when they find out you've been busy baking.

This Herby tear and share potato bread from Supergolden Bakes is sure to turn a few heads, while the inclusion of potato puts a clever twist on a much-loved favourite. The result is an indulgent and comforting treat, plus, if you need to save time, you can always make it a day in advance - simplified baking at its best!


Cake | Jazz up teatime with a classic drizzle cake

Classic drizzle cake

While the bakers' signature combinations of apple and bramble and ginger spice yuzu drizzle sound a bit more extravagant than the traditional lemon drizzle, this syrup-laced tea time favourite does offer plenty of opportunities to be creative with flavours.

One of our favourite drizzle cake recipes is by mummy blogger Jenny Paulin, who's ginger and lemon drizzle cake ticks all the boxes with a perfect combination of sweetness and spice. But feel free to swap the lemon and ginger for oranges, limes, raspberries or any other fruity combinations if you fancy trying something new.


Biscuits | Create a gingerbread masterpiece

With Christmas just around the corner, it's the perfect time to start practising your gingerbread-making skills, and a Christmas gingerbread house not only provides the wow factor, it's also a great activity to do with the kids on a rainy day.

If you fancy pulling out all the stops like the Bake Off bakers and creating a New York skyline or a gingerbread pub complete with sticky ginger cake carpet, you can always design your own templates. However, here's a gingerbread house recipe from Tesco Real Food with a step-by-step video, as well as a handy template, for those who fancy keeping things simple.


Botanical | Whip up a classic meringue pie

Whip up a classic meringue pie

Mastering the perfect meringue pie isn't easy - especially when a dreaded soggy bottom could be on the cards. But this light and citrusy crowd-pleaser is the perfect addition to any dinner party. 

This classic lemon meringue pie recipe comes from Ruth Clemens, the baker behind The Pink Whisk, but if you fancy putting a twist on this classic and giving your pie the signature edge, then feel free to choose an alternative citrus fruit for your filling. And if you don't have a blowtorch to hand for browning your meringue topping like the bakers, then don't worry - a conventional oven works just as well!