Must Have Baking Books For Fans Of The Great British Bake Off

If, like us, you're a big fan of the Great British Bake Off you might be on the look out for some baking inspiration! We have out together a list of the best baking books to explore if you're looking to create your own showstopper and become a star baker. Bake Off contestants including Edd Kimber, Kim Joy and Nadiya Hussain are included in our list of the best baking books as well as cookbooks from some of the best loved Bakeries in the UK including Gails, The Hummingbird Bakery and Finch Bakery.

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If, like us, you're a big fan of the Great British Bake Off you might be on the look out for some baking inspiration! We have out together a list of the best baking books to explore if you're looking to create your own showstopper and become a star baker. Bake Off contestants including Edd Kimber, Kim Joy and Nadiya Hussain are included in our list of the best baking books as well as cookbooks from some of the best loved Bakeries in the UK including Gails, The Hummingbird Bakery and Finch Bakery.

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Jane's Patisserie: Deliciously Customisable Cakes, Bakes And Treats - Jane Dunn

Learn how to make life sweet with Jane, a baking entrepreneur and social media star, with her collection of 100 delicious baked goods.

Jane's recipes are well-liked because they are simple, adaptable, and filled with your favourite flavours. Jane's Patisserie is simple baking for everyone, covering everything from gooey cookies and celebratory cakes with a lovely drip finish to delicate cupcakes and velvety no-bake cheesecakes.

Includes the most well-liked classics from her site, such as NYC Cookies, No-Bake Biscoff Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Drip Cake, and more, along with fresh and exclusive recipes that have been requested by her fans.

Nadiya Bakes - Nadiya Hussain

To help you master cakes, biscuits, traybakes, tarts, and pies, show-stopping desserts, breads, savoury bakes, and even "no-bake" bakes — all with her mouth-watering twists — the beloved Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain has written the complete baking guidebook.

Some of Nadiya's deliciously easy recipes you can achieve at home include, Blueberry and Lavender Scone Pizza, Mango and Coconut Cake, Sharing Chocolate Fondant, 'Money Can't Buy You Happiness' Brownies, Potato Rosti Quiche, and Pepperoni Pull Apart Bread.

The Hairy Bikers' Brilliant Bakes - The Hairy Bikers

You can find everything from homemade beef slices to cheese, onion, and potato pie, lime and coconut drizzle cake to billionaires' shortbread, the ultimate Victoria sponge to an epic cheese and chorizo share & tear bread in this comprehensive collection of baked goods from the Hairy Bikers.  

In addition to their delicious new creations, there are the traditional bakes that the Bikers have enjoyed since they were little. Each recipe is, as usual, flavourful and triple-tested.

Bake With Jack - Jack Sturgess

Surrey's Bake With Jack, a professional chef turned bread-maker is on a mission to give everyone the knowledge they need to make their own amazing bread at home. Master 30 breads, including classic sandwich loaves, bloomers, rolls, rye, ciabatta, focaccia, fruit breads and sweet buns, pitta and bagels, sourdough and pizza dough.

Also try Jack's meal ideas to use up every last crumb - from epic sandwiches and the best things on toast to hearty meals like easy spaghetti meatballs that use up stale bread, salads and soups with the crunchiest croutons, and doughnut offcuts served with gloriously gooey chocolate and marshmallow dip!

Finch Bakery: Sweet Homemade Treats And Showstopper Celebration Cakes - Lauren Finch, Rachael Finch

Finch Bakery founders Lauren and Rachel Finch divulge their top baking techniques so you can make decadent brownies and cupcakes, indulgent macarons, stuffed cookies of all kinds, and your very own versions of their scrumptious signature cake jars. They also share their best-kept secrets for decorating extravagant celebration cakes. 

Recipes are made to stand alone, but some also function in a "build-a-block" fashion so you may customise them to your liking by changing the sponge, filling, sauce, or topping. This is a brand-new universe of cake, filled with creative inventions and crucial methods.

Modern Asian Baking At Home: Essential Sweet And Savoury Recipes For Milk Bread, Mochi, Mooncakes, And More - Subtle Asian Baking Community

Through beautiful photography and satisfying recipes, discover novel ingredients, surprising methods, and intriguing textures. These recipes feature exciting yet well-known contemporary bakes with creative Asian twists. Unforgettable treats like miso-mochi brownies and spiciness gochujang flourless chocolate cake are the end product. There is even a homemade boba recipe!

This cookbook is ideal for those who love Asian desserts as well as passionate home bakers who want to broaden their food palettes by using vivid ingredients like miso, matcha, pandan, and soy sauce. You don't need a passport to make and enjoy popular Asian sweets and unique Asian-inspired drinks, custards, cakes, and frozen delicacies at home.

The Comfort Bake: Food That Warms The Heart - Sally Wise

The meditative act of baking and the delicious buttery reward at the end, which tastes much better when shared or entirely given away, make baking the ideal remedy for stressful times

Icon of traditional rural cuisine Sally Wise offers simple, comforting recipes in this collection of easy-to-follow instructions. Alongside a glorious selection of sweet treats, such as Coffee Hazelnut Cake with Espresso Drizzle, Rhubarb & Caramel Slice, Spiced Ginger Cookie Sandwiches, and a super simple Whisky & Orange Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding, savoury classics (including pies, quiches, breads, and focaccia - and the creamiest potato bake ever) sit proudly.

'Sally Wise is the Granny-We-All-Wished-We-Had. In one book she's compiled all the recipes you'll ever need to bake. It's as sumptuous as it is soothing.' - Matthew Evans

Small Batch Bakes: Baking Cakes, Cookies, Bars And Buns For One To Six People - Edd Kimber

Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber's new book shows that wonderful things do indeed come in small packages, building on the enormous success of One Tin Bakes and One Tin Bakes Easy. It provides simple, approachable recipes that are ideal for individuals, small homes, students, or anyone who enjoys baking frequently.

The recipes are primarily for sweet treats; they include cookies, cakes, tarts, and bars in addition to desserts and a few for savoury breads, buns, and pies. To allow everyone to sample a little bit of what they like, the skill level is on the easier side and equipment is kept to a minimum.

Celebrate With Kim-Joy: Cute Cakes And Bakes To Make Every Occasion Joyful  - Kim-Joy

No matter what level of baking experience a person has, there is something for everyone in these 60 delicious recipes, which are filled with colour, imagination, and joy.

Birthdays, Valentine's Day, Halloween, Christmas, and weddings are all significant events. There are also many more occasions to celebrate, such as graduation, a new baby, Pride, Thanksgiving, Day of the Dead, Pancake Day, etc...

All the step-by-step pictures, detailed instructions, and encouraging words you need to learn to bake and decorate like Kim-Joy are included in this cheerful collection of recipes.

Baking Imperfect: Crush, Whip And Spread It Like Nobody's Watching - Lottie Bedlow

The star of The Great British Bake Off 2020 on Channel 4 was Lottie Bedlow, who learned how to bake through making mistakes. The trademark sense of humour of Lottie, who is no stranger to the hiccups (and colossal disasters) of home baking, will carry you through this delectable assortment of sweet and savoury bakes.

The emphasis is always on superb flavour, from straightforward recipes to inspire even the most beginner bakers to more complex centrepieces. Each recipe lists potential problems along with tips on how to avoid them and find solutions.

Nutella: 60 Classic Recipes - Gregory Cohen

The wildly popular hazelnut cocoa spread that was a mainstay of our childhood breakfasts and snacks is elevated here by Chef Gregory Cohen in 60 delectable recipes for this Official Nutella Cookbook.

Discover a delectable selection of cakes, pastries, and desserts cooked with this traditional pantry staple. Along with treats like Tarte Tatin, vanilla & praline eclairs, and Yule log, bakes include Nutella mixed berry muffins, babka, and orange cake. This book will appeal to everyone who shares a passion of the famous spread because it contains methods and recipes for every level of skill.

Crumbs & Doilies -  Cupcake Jemma

Cupcake Jemma's book is based on the recipes she and her talented team at Crumbs & Doilies developed to help you produce faultless baked goods at home.

Cupcake Jemma can assist you in creating amazing cakes at home. This book is jam-packed with 80 recipes, including tried-and-true recipes from Jemma's famed Crumbs & Doilies bakery, never-before-seen recipes that can only be found in this cookbook, and an entire section on the key baking methods you need to master.

The recipes in Crumbs & Doilies will help you make anything from cakes to cupcakes, doughnuts to biscuit bars, brownies to macaroons at home.

Liam Charles Cheeky Treats - Liam Charles

The first cookbook by Liam Bakes, The Great British Bake Off 2017's breakout star and the host of the network's newest programme.

You want your baked goods to be absolutely delicious and jaw-droppingly impressive. You want your loved ones to devour your brilliant offerings with gasps of astonishment and then complete stillness.

No one is more aware of this than Liam Charles. Who else could deliver you a Christmas Dinner Pie, an Oreo Chocolate Brownie Freakshake, or Caramel Peanut Millionaire's Shortbread? It has to be Liam, and in his debut book, he shares his favourite baked goods and most recent inventions that are sure to inspire you to get in the kitchen.

Giuseppe's Italian Bakes - Giuseppe Dell'anno

When Giuseppe Dell'Anno was named the Great British Bake Off champion in 2021, he captured the hearts of people all over the world. Giuseppe offers his expertise, experience, and love of baking via 60 brand-new sweet and savoury recipes in Giuseppe's Italian Bakes, his debut cookbook.

Giuseppe learned to cook alongside his adored chef-father while growing up in Italy, and he has since mastered everything from focaccia to florentines, each with his own unique take on traditional Italian baked goods.

Giuseppe walks you through the process of producing his famous mini-rolls, "Torta Camilla" carrot cake, Tiramisu slices, caramel chouxnuts, and Amarena cherry cake, among many other mouthwatering sweets, using his step-by-step recipes. 

Sugar Rebels: Pipe For Your Life - Nick Makrides

The book that The Scran Line fans have been waiting for is Sugar Rebels. It tells the tale of The Scran Line and Nick Makrides' journey to fame online and as a role model for the LGBTQIA+ community while featuring his trademark delectable and occasionally absurd cupcakes, macarons, and cakes—some old favourites, some intriguing new recipes.

Gail's Artisan Bakery Cookbook - Roy Levy, Gail Mejia

The team behind the UK's most charming artisan bakery, GAIL's, has been on a journey to provide local areas with high-quality, handmade bread and tasty, vibrant meals since founding the first GAIL's in 2005. 

GAIL's will inspire you to try your hand at a basic foolproof bloomer, bake a fantastic sourdough, create morning muffins and pastries, bold salads, flavorful pies, appetising tarts and sandwiches, easy afternoon biscuits and cakes, and lastly cook delectable savoury meals and desserts for supper. 

"Good bread begins with just four honest ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast. Nothing could be simpler and yet nothing is more gratifying." - GAIL's

Pies Glorious Pies: Mouth-Watering Recipes For Delicious Pies - Maxine Clark

Nothing compares to a good pie. There's something enticing about cutting through that golden pastry crust and digging into the sumptuous filling inside.

Enjoy favourites like Steak & Kidney Pie or Chicken Pot Pie. Try something a little more challenging like Roast Smoked Salmon Koulibiaca or Fillet of Beef en Croute to improve your pie game. And when you're craving something sweeter, let the smell of Deep-Dish Toffee Apple Pie or Lattice-Topped Cherry Pie fill your house. Every taste and occasion can be satisfied with a magnificent pie.

The Sweet Roasting Tin: One Tin Cakes, Cookies & Bakes - Rukmini Iyer

The final book in the Roasting Tin series by the New York Times bestselling author of The Green Roasting Tin features 75 simple yet delicious one-tin bakes.

Simply place your ingredients in a tin, let the oven (or, for bakes that require the least amount of work, the fridge!) do the work, and enjoy everything from mouth-watering muffins and loaves to crave-worthy cakes and brownies.

Rukmini Iyer's one-tin bakes are easy to prepare but still provide delicious results, adhering to her philosophy of "minimum effort, maximum flavour."

The Book Of Jewish Food: An Odyssey From Samarkand And Vilna To The Present Day - Claudia Roden

The Book of Jewish Food was first published in 1997 after 16 years of research, at a time when Jewish cuisine was mostly ignored by the food business and preferred instead to be consumed in private settings around the globe. 

In this ground-breaking book, Roden shed light on the various flavours and cultural origins of those dishes, showcasing for the first time on paper the elegance and simplicity of traditional Ashkenazi and Sephardi cuisine. She thereby popularised Jewish cuisine and permanently altered the current culinary scene.

The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook - Tarek Malouf

The Hummingbird Bakery introduced American baking to London from their initial store on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. In this, their first and best-selling cookbook, they included easy-to-follow instructions for delectable cupcakes, muffins, pies, cheesecakes, brownies, cakes, and cookies so that home cooks could also work some Hummingbird magic.

Currently, Tarek Malouf and The Hummingbird Bakers have revised the book's original recipes and added additional bakes, including:

  • Mile-high Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake
  • Sticky Fig and Pistachio Cupcakes
  • Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Cola Cake

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