10 Quintessential recipes every beginner baker should get to grips with

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You can never go wrong with classic recipes like a buttery scone or fudgy brownie, but mastering the basics can be difficult when you're not sure where to start.

Practice however, does make perfect and we've rounded up our 10 most easy-to-follow recipes any beginner baker can perfect. 

Classic scones

Scones are almost effortless, and they take less than 15 minutes in the oven. They're great for a quick treat or handy when you have unexpected guests and want to whip up something fancier than just store-bought biscuits.

Classic scones

Basic bread dough

There's nothing more comforting than the aroma of freshly baked bread making its way through your house. Get kneading with this basic bread recipe that is perfect for lazy weekends, served with butter, cheese or jam. 

Sponge cake 

Say goodbye to your boxed cake mix and master this basic sponge cake that can be decorated with caramel and cream, icing sugar or a creamy chocolate ganache.

Basic sponge cake

The ultimate chocolate cake 

This ultimate chocolate cake will become a firm family favourite for all occasions.

The ultimate chocolate cake

Cheesy marmite muffins

These cheesy filled muffins are easy to mix together, and a great breakfast or lunch option.

Savoury muffins

Lemon meringue pie

Light, airy meringue accompanied by a zesty lemon custard; lemon meringue pie is an irresistible favourite with just about everyone we know.

Lemon meringue pie

Shortcrust pastry 

Any beautifully baked tart or sweet pie begins and ends with a crisp, buttery pastry and the great thing about this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time, store it in the freezer and take out when needed. Perfect for milk tarts, fridge tarts or sweet pies.

Shortcrust pastry

Gluten free cheese straws

Upgrade your next cheese platter by baking your own cheese straws to serve. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before baking and you'll have an impressive recipe for success.

cheese straws

Cranberry seed and oat crunchies

Crunchies make excellent gifts, and are useful to have an hand for an afternoon snack or lunch box surprise.


Chocolate chestnut brownies

Brownies are the chocolaty morsels you can serve for dessert and without fail, they'll have you coming back for more!


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